How to Make Quick and Easy Pickled Eggs

If you love pickled eggs, you’ll love this simple way to quickly and easily get several flavours with very little effort.

Tasty and pretty pickled deviled eggs.

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Featured here are eggs pickled in beet brine, hot pepper brine (slight yellow ring around the egg white) and dill pickle brine.

From left to right: Eggs in hot pepper brine, beet brine and dill pickle brine.

For the quickest way to make different flavours, simply use the brine from existing pickled products in your fridge. Seriously, how easy is that? 

Check out the colour on this beet brine egg. Gorgeous colour and great flavour too! That’s after only 2 days of being in the brine.

Beet brined egg after two days.

What Are Pickled Eggs?

They are hard-cooked eggs that are peeled and soaked in a pickling solution. The pickling solution is made of vinegar, salt and various seasonings much like any other pickling solution (see quick pickling recipes).

Eggs used to be pickled to help preserve them, but today their pickled because people love the flavour! Have you tried them? And look how pretty they look!

Egg in pickled beet brine cut open.
How awesome would this look on your next charcuterie board!

How Long do They Last?

When you make pickled eggs with a fresh solution of brine and sterilize the jar before adding the eggs as recommended by The National Centre for Home Food Preservation, the recognized leader in home safe preserving, you can keep the eggs, in the brine, in the fridge for 3 to 4 months.

The recipe we’re using is a shortcut intended for a quicker turn around time. These quick brined eggs are best if used within one month. And of course, they should also stay in the brine, in the fridge.

This quick pickling method is ideal if you enjoy eating a lot of brined eggs, want to try different flavours or have a specific event you’d like to serve them at. Those red ringed eggs would be fantastic on a charcuterie board or appetizer platter, don’t you think?

You’ll want to keep them in the brine for at least a 1 to 2 weeks to allow the flavour to soak in. The bigger the eggs, the longer it will take to get intense flavour. But then again, if you prefer milder brine flavour – eat them earlier!

How do you Store Pickled Eggs?

Always, always keep the eggs in the fridge and covered with brine. Eggs themselves are a low acid food and if the ratio of vinegar to low acid food gets out of balance, there is a danger of botulism poisoning. Seriously, it’s happened, so don’t take chances! Even though you may hear and read about people or British pubs keeping their brined eggs on the counter, it’s not a safe practice.

How to Make Easy Pickled Eggs

The National Centre for Home Food Preservation has several unique recipes where you make the brine from scratch. If you want to try sweet and sour eggs, pineapple eggs or other varieties, check it out.

If you want to make them the quickest and easiest way ever – use the brine you already have in your fridge as shown below.

plate of pickled deviled eggs
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Easy Pickled Eggs

A quick way to get the flavor of pickled eggs. Use the brine from pickled foods you already have in your fridge. Always store in the fridge, never room temp!
Prep : 5 mins
Cook : 5 d
Total Time: 5 d 5 mins
Servings: 12 eggs

Ingredients

  • 12 Hard cooked eggs
  • 2 cups Brine from any pickled product
  • 1 litre Glass jar with lid

Instructions

  • Peel eggs.
  • Place eggs in clean glass jar.
  • Pour brine (sweet pickles, dill pickles, pickled beets, pickled hot peppers, etc.) over eggs and ensure they are completely covered. Do not use more than 12 eggs per jar.
  • Store in refrigerator for minimum of 5 days for flavor to fully soak in. Taste and let soak longer or start enjoying your eggs!
  • Keep in fridge and eat within 1 month.

Notes

Read more about egg pickling safety at The National Center for Home Food Preservation.
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Serving: 50g | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 63mg | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brine, pickled snacks, pub food

Once you have your eggs are pickled, eat them, display them on charcuterie boards or use them in devilled eggs, egg salad, sandwiches, etc.

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