Pickled chillies recipe

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makes: 1 - 2 tall jars
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 40 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 433 kCal 22%
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  • These pickled chillies can keep for 4 months and are perfect in sandwiches, salads or served alongside cold meats. You could also give them as a tasty food gift.


    • 250g medium-sized green and red chillies
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 6 black and 6 pink peppercorns
    • 1tbsp coriander seeds
    • 1 level tbsp salt
    • 4 level tbsp caster sugar
    • 600ml white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
    • 1-2 tall jar(s), sterilised


    • With a very sharp knife, cut the stalk end off the chilli and carefully slit each chilli from the stalk to the tip and remove the seeds, use the handle of a teaspoon. (Check the chillies will fit in your jar/s and trim them if necessary.) Lay the chillies down in one layer in a shallow dish, with the bay leaves, and pour boiling water over them. Leave for 5 mins. Drain well.

    • Divide the peppercorns, coriander seeds and salt in the jar(s), then pack in the chillies and bay leaves.

    • Heat the sugar and vinegar over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. When hot, but not boiling, pour the syrup into the jar(s). Cool, put the lid(s) on. Seal and label. Chill. Leave for 2 weeks before using. They should keep 4 months.

    Top tip for making Pickled chillies

    The skin of chillies must be perfect for pickling, otherwise if one goes mouldy, it will contaminate the rest of them.

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