These super quick and easy spicy pickled carrots make a great addition to an antipasti platter or just to add to a sandwich. They are sweet yet sour, crunchy with a hint of spice. And it’s a great way to use up extra carrots too.
Quick and Easy Spicy Pickled Carrots
Pickles, pickles, pickles, I just love preserving fruit and vegetables this way. These pickled carrots just sing of spring time. They are the perfect addition to salads and sandwiches to add a bit of flavour and crunch. Just watch out Bugs Bunny doesn’t nick them first!
Pickling goes back centuries and is a great way of preserving fresh food for the months ahead. I originally did this recipe for my book Gourmet Gifts For Christmas which is now available as an eBook. I chose it for a Christmas book as carrots are something we can get all year round in the shops so it can be made in winter time too.
You want to use nice young carrots for this pickled carrots recipe, avoid big gnarly carrots, the smaller younger carrots have more flavour.
Ingredients for pickled carrots
You can pickle carrots with just 4 ingredients – carrots, vinegar, water and sugar. That’s it folks!
However, that might just be a tad boring. Add some spice and make those pickled carrots sing!
Bay leaf, cloves, allspice berries, coriander seeds, star anise and chilli.
How to make pickled carrots
All you have to do for this simple recipe is wash and dry the carrots. Slice them into long batons (size depends on the jars you are using) or into rounds.
Then blanch them in boiling water for 30 seconds before draining and packing into sterilised jars.
Heat up all your other ingredients for the pickling brine and then pour this into the carrot filled jars.
Simplicity itself, seal with a lid and now you have pickled carrots. Leave these jars in the fridge for 2 days before using them.
How long will pickled carrots keep?
These pickled carrots will keep in the fridge for about a month. Once opened they will keep in there for 2 weeks.
I’ve packaged my pickled carrots with a page of an old recipe book featuring carrots as a jar topper on top of the lid. It’s little touches like this that make your foodie gifts special at any time of year.
How to serve pickled carrots
These are great in a salad bowl, Buddah bowl, in any bowl dish. They will add some crunch and added texture and taste to all sorts of dishes. Use them in salads, add to sandwiches. Best of all serve these pickled carrots on an antipasti platter or with dips and crudites. They make a great healthy snack too.
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Quick and easy spicy pickled carrots
- 300 g/11oz young carrots
- 150 ml 5 fl oz white wine vinegar
- 150 ml 5 fl oz water
- 30 g sugar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cloves
- 2 allspice berries
- 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 star anise
- 1 small dried chilli or 1 tsp chilli flakes
- Wash and dry the carrots and slice into batons or rounds
- Blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds then drain and pack into sterilised jars
- Heat all the other ingredients and bring to boil and lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes
- Pour over carrots and seal jars
- Keep in fridge for 2 days before using to let flavours develop
- Store in fridge for up to a month. Once opened eat within 2 weeks