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a vintage Ball jar is filled with red, yellow, and orange mini bell peppers slices that are quick pickled

Quick Pickled Peppers

Course: Condiment, Snack
Cuisine: Compliments many cuisines
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 40kcal
Mini bell peppers and shallots are quick-pickled in white balsamic vinegar with assorted spices.
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  • 1 quart-sized glass jar
  • 1 small saucepan


  • 1 pound mini bell peppers (441 grams/4 cups sliced)
  • 3 shallots (4.4 ounces/123 grams/1 cup sliced)
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 ¾ cups white balsamic vinegar (400 ml)
  • ¼ cup water (60 ml)
  • ¼ cup sugar (4 tablespoons/1.9 ounces53 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Have a clean quart-sized glass jar ready.
  • Cut the stem end of the mini bell peppers off. Remove seeds and large ribs by rotating a paring knife inside the pepper. The peppers should remain intact.
  • Cut each pepper into rings, ¼-inch thick.
  • Peel the shallots and cut into ¼-inch slices. Separate the slices into individual shallot rings.
  • Add the pepper and shallot rings, and the sliced garlic into the jar.
  • In a small saucepan, add the white balsamic vinegar, water, sugar, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  • With medium heat, bring the vinegar mix to a gentle simmer. You should see little bubbles along the sides of the pan.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Pour the hot vinegar into the glass jar, over the peppers and shallots.
  • Let the pickled peppers come to room temperature, for about 15 minutes. The peppers will start to get softer and collapse a little in the jar.
  • Use the pickled peppers as a condiment for sandwiches or burgers. You can add them to salads for a little zest. Eat them as a snack.


Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg