Chili Pickled Garlic

Chili pickled garlic is a great way to store everyone’s favorite cooking ingredient, adding a little something extra in the process to boot. With the addition of red pepper flakes, these little wonders work well added to recipes to provide just a touch of warmth. And they are also a perfect addition to tapas or other snack food.

Chili Picked Garlic from Above
Chili pickled garlic, from above

These little jars of spicy pickled garlic make great gifts too. Those garlic bulbs look so tempting in the brine. And the mix of colors and shapes (thanks to the addition of those tiny round yellow mustard seeds) is just so pleasing to the eye. It looks good just sitting on a counter.

Note: It’s important to sterilize your jar prior to adding the garlic. Follow these instructions, as provided by the National Center for Home Food Preservation. It’s as simple as submerging the jar (lid and all) in boiling water for ten minutes prior to use.

If you wish to use this spicy pickled garlic in a dish where you’d rather not have the full pickled flavor, you can remove some of that flavor. Soak the garlic in cold water for ten minutes prior to use. That’ll remove a good bit of the pickled taste, but also some of the delicious warmth this recipe provides.

See it being made:

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Chili Pickled Garlic

Chili Pickled Garlic

Tangy, garlicky, and fiery – and looks good too.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time (in the brine) 1 day
Servings 12 servings
Calories 6 kcal


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bulbs garlic
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar


  • Peel the garlic cloves and set aside.
  • In a small sauce pan bring the water to the boil and add salt.
  • Add the garlic cloves to the boiling water for 30 seconds. Then scoop the garlic out of the water with a slotted spoon and place in a small sterile jar.
  • Add the mustard seeds, sugar, and chili flakes to the garlic and pour over the vinegar.
  • Fasten the lid. Make sure the jar is at room temperature, then place the jar in the refrigerator.
  • For best flavor, allow the chili pickled garlic to set for 24 to 72 hours before opening the jar.


Keep in the refrigerator sealed for up to a month. Once opened use within 2 weeks.


Calories: 6kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 395mgPotassium: 6mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Crushed Red Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on December 22, 2023 to include new content.
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