Quick and Easy Pickled Shallots

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These quick and easy pickled shallots take all of 5 ingredients and a few minutes to prepare. They taste a little sweet but also sour and make an excellent addition to salads. For example, I like using these pickled shallots in a quinoa and pumpkin salad. But, you can also add them to wraps, sandwiches or avocado toast.

To pickle these shallots we’re using the “quick pickle” or “1-2-3 pickle” method. This method uses 1 part sugar, 2 parts vinegar and 3 parts water as its base. In the recipe I’ve also added peppercorns which I think add a lovely flavour. However, you can be creative and add some fresh thyme or rosemary if you like.

I highly recommend letting the pickles sit in the liquid for at least 10-15 minutes to get somewhat “pickley” after pouring over the pickling liquid. You can easily store the pickled shallots for 1-2 weeks in a closed jar in the fridge and use them over time.

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I hope you enjoy these Quick and Easy Pickled Shallots. Please let me know how you go in the comments and don’t forget to tag me @nothangryanymore in your creations on Instagram. I love seeing them!


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Quick and Easy Pickled Shallots

These pickled shallots are delicious in salads, wraps and sandwiches.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Soaking Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine basics
Servings 4 people


  • 2 shallots
  • 1/2 tsp peppercorns
  • 40 g sugar
  • 80 g apple cider vinegar
  • 120 g water


  • Peel the shallots and thinly slice them into rings. Add the sliced shallots into a heat-proof glass jar.
  • Into a saucepan, add the peppercorns, sugar, vinegar and water. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once the sugar as dissolved completely, pour the pickling liquid over the sliced shallots.
  • Let the shallots pickle for at least 10 minutes before using.
    The pickled shallots can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
Keyword pepper, pickles, shallots
Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Pickled Shallots
Amount Per Serving (10 g)
Calories 7.2
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.01g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1.2mg0%
Potassium 33.4mg1%
Carbohydrates 1.7g1%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 0.8g1%
Protein 0.3g1%
Vitamin A 0.4IU0%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 3.7mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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