Quick Pickled Carrots

Learn how to make quick pickled carrots at home with this easy recipe. Tangy and crisp, these pickles are perfect for adding a zesty crunch to salads, sandwiches, and more. You'll love them!
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Add a burst of flavor to your meals with these quick pickled carrots. Tangy, crunchy, and incredibly easy to make, these pickles are the perfect way to bring your favorite dishes to the next level. Whether you’re looking for a vibrant addition to your salad or a zesty topping for the same old sandwiches, these pickled carrots are sure to impress.

In this simple recipe, we’ll show you how to make your own quick pickled carrots at home. With just a few ingredients and minimal prep time, you can enjoy these flavorful pickles in no time. Get ready to add a delicious twist to your meals with these homemade pickled carrots.

If your mouth is watering, it’s time to prepare for pickling!

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Why You Must Make These Easy Pickled Carrots

Find out why you’ll love this pickled carrot recipe! With its easy steps, delightful flavor, and endless uses, it’s a must-try for any pickle (or carrot!) lover. Woo!

  • Easy to Make: Making pickled carrots at home is quick, simple, and fun. And, best of all, you only need a few staple pantry ingredients.
  • Flavor Explosion: Pickled carrots offer a tasty combination of tangy, sweet, and savory flavors in every bite.
  • Texture Contrast: They’re really good at giving you a cool, satisfying crunch. Homemade pickled carrots are a great choice if your meal is mostly soft and needs something “extra”.
  • Super Versatile: Pickled carrots can be used in so many ways, from salads to sandwiches, tacos to sushi rolls…and beyond. Be creative!
  • Vibrant Color: Their bright orange hue adds a cheery pop of color to your plate. Colorful foods make familiar meals more appealing and appetizing.
  • Snackable Goodness: Pickled carrots make a delightful snack straight from the jar. It’s a great alternative to chips or candy. Plus, it’s a much healthier choice with a nice dose of fiber.

Key Ingredients

Discover the essential ingredients for making this delicious pickled carrots recipe. With just a few key items, you can create flavorful pickles that will elevate your meals!

  • Carrots: The star of the show, carrots provide a sweet and crunchy base for the pickles. But, with this simple pickled veggie recipe, you can use any veggies you like! How about cucumbers (you must try these Japanese pickles!), bell peppers, red onions, cauliflower, radishes, green beans, beets, asparagus, jalapeños, or cabbage (for sauerkraut)?
  • White Vinegar: Vinegar adds the necessary acidity to the brine. This guarantees that the carrots are well preserved and also adds a tangy flavor. You can also use apple cider vinegar, malt vinegar, or wine vinegar.
  • Salt: This kitchen staple not only enhances the flavor of the pickles but also helps to draw out moisture from the carrots. The best type of salt to use for pickling is pure salt (also known as pickling salt aka sodium chloride) or kosher salt. Both of these types are free of anti-caking agents, which tend to make your brine look cloudy.
  • Sugar: A bit of sweetness balances out the acidity of the vinegar. If you don’t want to use sugar, you can try maple syrup, vegan honey, or agave nectar.
  • Spices: Spices such as mustard seeds, dill, or garlic can add depth and complexity, making them even more delicious! Go out on a limb and add unique flavors such as bay leaves, fennel, mint, or even lemongrass. For some heat, try jalapeños or red pepper flakes.

How To Make Pickled Carrots

Crunchy, tangy, and full of flavor, quick pickled carrots are a delightful addition to sandwiches, salads, and snack trays. With just a few simple steps, you can create your own batch of these delicious pickles. Follow this easy 4-step guide to make your own pickled carrots at home:

Carrot and carrot shreds, surrounded by produce on a table.

Prepare the Carrots: Peel the carrots and cut them into sticks or slices, whatever shape you prefer.

Action shot of liquid being poured into a large stockpot to make pickling brine.

Make the Pickling Liquid: In a saucepan, combine equal parts water and vinegar (such as distilled white or apple cider vinegar), along with sugar, and salt.

Heat and Dissolve: Heat the mixture over medium heat until the sugar and salt are fully dissolved.

Pack and Chill: Place the carrot sticks or slices in a clean jar and any spices you like (such as peppercorns, jalapeno peppers, coriander and dill). Pour the pickling liquid over them. Let them cool, then refrigerate for at least a few hours, or ideally overnight, to allow the flavors to develop. Enjoy your homemade pickled carrots!

Helpful Tips on Serving Up These Carrot Pickles

Make the most of your quick pickled carrots with these helpful serving tips. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply enjoying a meal, these ideas will add a burst of flavor and color to your table!

  • Taco Topping: Dice pickled carrots and sprinkle them over your favorite tacos for a crunchy, tangy twist. You’ll love the extra bright, vinegary flavor.
  • Charcuterie Board: Add pickled carrots to your charcuterie board for a colorful and flavorful addition. A few different kinds of pickled veggies would really make your board pop!
  • Sandwich Upgrade: Layer pickled carrots onto sandwiches or wraps for an extra burst of flavor and texture. Consider making a batch that are thinly sliced for easier eating.
  • Salad Mix-in: Toss pickled carrots into salads to add a zesty kick and crunchy bite. They really transform a dull salad into something spectacular!
  • Sushi Roll: Include pickled carrots as a filling in homemade sushi rolls or hand roll for a unique and tasty twist. If you use a vegetable peeler for prepping the carrots, you can create thin ribbons, which would make rolling much easier.
  • Perfect Spicy Carrots Pickled: If you love an extra bit of a kick, add extra crushed red pepper to the brine. For the even more adventurous, pop in one or two habanero peppers, too!
  • Future Cocktails: Use any leftover brine to add a salty and savory flavor to your favorite martini, MosCarrot Mule cocktail, or mocktail. Dee-lish!
  • Crunch and Munch Party Appetizers: For the ultimate before-party treat, fill small bowls or plates with pickled carrots, nuts (like these yummy candied walnuts), olives, chunks of gourmet vegan cheese, and ooey-gooey stuffed dates. Heavenly!
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Carrot Pickle FAQs

How long does it take for pickled carrots to be ready for eating?

For the best briny taste, you should wait at least a full day before trying. The longer you wait, the better they are. If you can hold out, a week is perfect for refrigerated quick carrot pickles.

How long can you store pickled carrots in the fridge?

You can safely keep quick pickled carrots in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. After that, keep an eye out for any “off” color, smell, or taste. If you have a hint of any of those, throw out or compost the carrots and pour the remaining brine down the drain.

Should I peel carrots before pickling them?

If you’ve bought organic carrots, there’s no need to peel them before pickling. Some say that the most nutrients are in the peel itself. But, make sure to rinse off any dirt or grime before cutting and adding to the brine. If the carrots are not fresh from the garden or organic, feel free to peel them or soak them in a vegetable bath before chopping and using in this recipe.

Pickled carrots in a glass jar with various jars of pickled veggies behind it.
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Quick Pickled Carrots

Author: Michelle Cehn | World of Vegan
5 from 7 votes
Discover the joy of homemade quick pickled carrots with this simple recipe. These carrots are a refreshing addition to any meal, summer picnic, sandwich, or just as a salty snack. Yum!
Quick pickled carrots in a jar.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Carrots, sliced into sticks or rounds

Spices and Mix-Ins:

  • Peppercorns, pink or black
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Carrot Tops or Dill
  • Red Pepper Flakes, optional

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan add the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar, mix, and bring to a boil. Once salt has dissolved, remove from heat while you assemble your jars.
  • Fill wide-mouth mason jars with your carrots.
  • Add any desired spices and mix-ins. Add as much or as little as you'd like!
  • Pour the hot liquid over the carrots until each jar is full. Close the jars and store in the fridge.

Notes

  • Feel free to cut the carrots into whichever shape you like best: rounds, thin sticks, wedges, shredded, or simply cut in half.
  • The longer you let the carrots sit in the brine, the better they’ll taste. They can be eaten right away, but at least give them 3 days to marinate for maximum flavor.
  • You can use any type of mason jar, but the wide mouthed version gives you the most space for adding vegetables. This recipe makes 2 16-ounce jars or 1 large 32-ounce jar.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 896mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4736IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course — Appetizer or Snack
Cuisine — American
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8 comments
  1. 5 stars
    I could NOT believe how easy it was to make these quick pickled carrots. Remind me to never buy them from the store again!

  2. 5 stars
    Who knew pickling was so easy!

  3. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    Love how quick these carrots are!

  4. 5 stars
    I never thought I would love pickling veggies as much as I do! Thank you so much for this recipe. My family and I love it! So colorful and tangy 😀

  5. 5 stars
    Simple and quick to make but adds loads
    of flavor to salads and sandwiches.

  6. 5 stars
    These are so simple and DELICIOUS! Perfect to add to a salad or eat by themselves.

  7. 5 stars
    These pickled carrots are just perfect as a quick side or an addition to a crunchy salad.

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