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The Best Pickled Eggs Recipes

Updated on October 14, 2014

It hardly seems any time ago when you could walk into a fish and chip shop or a pub in the UK and you would find a jar of pickled eggs behind the counter waiting for that person who was curious enough to try them or indeed loved them as a snack. These days they are not so prolific, even though you can still find jars of pickled eggs in the supermarket.

Those supermarket pickled eggs aren’t the best I have tasted though and pickled eggs are really easy to make so if you like them or are just curious enough to try them why not make up some of these pickled eggs recipes.

Have them on the table as a snack with crisps, French bread and cheese when settling down in front of the TV to watch the game.

Ingredients For Traditional Pickled Eggs

  • 1 dozen hard boiled eggs
  • 4 small celery sticks (with leaf)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • Cider Vinegar


Traditional Pickled Eggs Recipe

How To Make Up The Traditional Pickled Eggs Recipe

Peel and rinse the hard boiled eggs carefully then put them gently into a wide necked jar.

Push the celery onto the glass for decoration.

Add the salt, peppercorns and sugar, then top up with the cider vinegar making sure that all of the eggs are covered.

Store the pickled eggs for two weeks before opening.

The tradional pickled eggs should keep for at least six months.


Ingredients For The Blushing Pickled Eggs

  • 12 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 stick celery
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon light soy sauce
  • Beetroot vinegar

Blushing Pickled Eggs Recipe

These blushing pickled eggs make an interesting addition to a salad at any time of year.

The beetroot vinegar for the pickled eggs is easy to make, just stand two baby beets in distilled malt vinegar overnight to give a really rich red shade.

How To Make Up The Blushing Pickled Eggs Recipe

Peel the eggs carefully and let them stand in fresh, cold water.

Don’t use any of the eggs whose yolk is exposed or the vinegar will go cloudy and look really unappealing.

Slice the red onion, leaving the slices whole, and chop the celery.

Put 3 eggs into a wide necked jar followed by a sprinkling of celery.

Push the onion slices and rosemary against the side of the glass jar for a nice decorative effect and hold them in place with the next layer of eggs and celery. Continue with the layers until the jar is full.

Sprinkle on the seasonings and pour in the vinegar and leave for two weeks to allow the ‘blush’ to develop.

The blushing pickled eggs should keep for about six months.

Ingredients For The Spicy Pickled Eggs Recipe

  • 12 hard boild eggs
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 3 long red chillis, sliced diagonally
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • Distilled white vinegar

Hot And Spicy Pickled Eggs Recipe

If you like a hot and spicy kick with your food then these pickled eggs may just be for you, but be warned, they really get at the back of your throat. They are hot and spicy… pickled eggs like you have never tasted before :-)

How To Mke Up The Spicy Pickled Eggs Recipe

Layer the eggs in a wide necked jar with the garlic and sliced chillies.

Add the crushed dried chillies, spices, seasonings and sugar then pour in the vinegar and make sure all of the eggs are covered.

Store the spicy pickled eggs for a month before opening…. Then get ready for blast off!

These pickled eggs should also keep for about six months.


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    • 2patricias profile image


      7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I thought these had disappeared. When I was a teenager there was always a big jar on the counter in the chip shop.

      I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

    • flighty02 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      David, thanks for your comment...

      How much vinegar you use to make the pickled eggs is really dependent on the size of the eggs and the size of the jar. You need to make sure that the eggs are completely covered by the vinegar, so, if the jar isn't too big just fill it to the top with the vinegar, or, if there is a lot of space left in the jar after putting in the eggs it is possible to use just enough vinegar to completely cover all of the eggs.

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      David Handy 

      8 years ago

      Maybe somone can help with this recipe of "spicy pickled eggs". How much white vinegar is used? or do just fill the jar? Reply:

    • Hendrika profile image


      10 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      My husband loves eggs and I am going to make him some pickled eggs. They have never been really traditional in South Africa but they all sounds yummy. I think the traditional one sounds the easiest to make and I'll start with that one.


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