Quick Pickled Asian Vegetables

There’s nothing more satisfying than making quick pickled Asian vegetables…unless it’s opening the refrigerator and enjoying some of the pickled vegetables! They’re so delicious and easy to make, you’ll be making them over and over!

Quick pickled Asian vegetables recipe Last week when I was thinking of what to make for dinner, I knew I wanted to include something with Asian flavors. The recipes I was looking at all included kimchi (which is salted and fermented vegetables) which my hubby is not that big a fan of. I thought back to when I made Korean beef bbq tacos with quick pickled cucumbers and how easy it was to make the cucumbers.

How to make quick pickled Asian vegetablesSo I decided to try my hand at making some quick pickled Asian vegetables. The end result was seriously nothing short of amazing!

Quick pickled Asian vegetables, perfect overnight pickled vegetables, quick pickle recipeThe next day when I was making dinner (a Korean inspired ground turkey and rice bowl that I’ll be sharing soon) I posted a picture of the pickled veggies to my Instagram/Snapchat – username: Sweetphi – stories and asked if anyone wanted to see the recipe. I was so surprised by how many people responded right away with YES, they wanted the recipe, so no question I had to make them again and share the recipe here.

Quick pickled Asian vegetables, how to make quick pickled vegetablesThese quick pickled Asian vegetables are truly awesome, all you do is make the liquid, chop up vegetables – I used carrots, cucumbers, red onion and jalapeno, but you could definitely add in some daikon or other radishes – and then put the vegetables in a jar (my favorite is using these weck jars (like these – I use them ALL the time), but a mason jar would work great too) and 24 hours later, vioa, you have yourself some quick pickles!! In the picture above, the two left jars are the new ones I made, and the jar on the right is a jar that had been in the fridge for 4 days.

Quick Pickled Asian Vegetables
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Serves: 2 jars
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2 large carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • ½ seedless cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • ¼ large red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, finely sliced
  1. In a small saucepan combine water, rice wine vinegar, sugar and salt. Heat over medium -high heat for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat.
  2. Peel and cut the carrots, cucumber, red onion and jalapeno.
  3. Place ½ of the vegetables into a .5 liter weck jar and the other ½ of the vegetables into another jar. You can add as many vegetables as you'd like to pack the jar full of vegetables - I only loosely packed them.
  4. Pour the liquid over the vegetables in each jar. Cover and secure the lid, and refrigerate for 24 hours (or for a few days) then enjoy!
These are the easiest quick item to make to add a quick hit of Asian flavor to your meal. Quick pickled Asian vegetables!

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  • Reply

    these are so pretty! i’ve always been intimidated by pickles, but these just look so dang quick & easy. can’t wait to give em a try! xx

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much, I’m the same way, pickling is intimidating, but quick pickling…sign me up!!!

  • Sues

    I love this!! These little jars are so beautiful and I can imagine the veggies come in super handy. Yum!

    • Sweetphi

      The veggies go so well on so many things – sandwiches, rice bowls, by themselves…I’m totally obsessed with them lol

  • Jess

    I love these for a quick and delicious snack!

    • Sweetphi

      These definitely make for one delicious snack – I’ve been making them nonstop lately, they’re just so good!!

  • Florence

    Can I omit the salt or lower it since I am overly sensitive to salt except a little from seaweed since I have high blood pressure?

    • Sweetphi

      Yes of course, lower it to a level you’re comfortable with 🙂

  • Little Cooking Tips

    Loved them! They must be awesome in sauces with yogurt and/or mayo! We love pickle sauces with burgers as well ourselves, so this is definitely a must-try! The process is super easy after all:)
    Thanx so much Phi!

    • Sweetphi

      I love pickled veggies with burgers, it’s such a great contrast of flavors, isn’t it? I think you’d love these -I personally have 3 jars all ready to go in my fridge for this weekend! They also go really well as an addition to cheese plates.

  • Donna

    Do you seed the jalapenos?

    • Sweetphi

      I do not because I like the extra spice they provide, but if you like things less spicy they can be removed 🙂

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