Easy Refrigerator Pickled Jalapeños

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Love jalapeños or have a plant that just keeps on giving? Check out this quick and easy recipe for refrigerator pickled jalapeños! You only need a few ingredients, a mason jar and about 15 minutes for this recipe.

This is the first year in a while that I’ve planted any sort of vegetable. I usually have a small herb garden, with your run of the mill oregano, rosemary, basil, chives, thyme, etc, but this year I decided I would plant a few varieties of peppers.

I’ll be honest, what solidified my decision to grow peppers was the fact the plants were marked down to 50 cents at Menards. We had several late frosts/snowfalls here in Missouri, so some of the early nursery plants were frostbitten. Lucky for me though, I got 4 relatively healthy looking pepper plants for only $2! They just needed a little love to get going, but man they sure took off quickly!

Which brings me to the point of this story–pickled jalapeños!  My husband and I can keep up with the bell peppers and banana peppers I planted because we eat them in just about every dish I cook, but the jalapeños were taking up some valuable fridge space.

I decided to try making some easy refrigerator pickled jalapeños. I’ve done them in the past, and even pickled some banana peppers back when we had a big vegetable garden. My husband likes to eat pickled jalapeños on his pizza, salad and in eggs so this is a great way to get him to use them up.

When I made these refrigerator pickled jalapeños, I stripped my plant of every pepper. Would you believe it’s almost ready to have more peppers picked? I think I’m going to have to make a second batch of these pickled jalapeños or give some away!

Tips for Making Refrigerator Pickled Jalapeños

Before we get to the recipe, there are a few things I’d like to note.

  1. If you’ve never cut up hot peppers of any kind, please please PLEASE make sure you wear gloves. These suckers can really burn your hands!
  2. It goes without saying, but also make sure you don’t touch your eyes or any other sensitive area with your gloved hands while cutting up the jalapeños.
  3. Second, this recipe does use a bit of sugar for those of you following low carb. It is necessary to get a good brine and it cuts back on some of the heat from the peppers. However, I used only 1 tbsp for my refrigerator pickled jalapeños where most people would use 2-4 tbsp. We like it hot! If you want these pickled jalapeños to be milder, add a bit more sugar to the brine.


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Easy Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos

Easy Refrigerator Pickled Peppers

Yield: 1 quart jar
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Spicy pickled jalapenos that can be prepped and put in the refrigerator to do their magic!


  • 1 1/2 cups sliced jalapenos, membrane/seed intact
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Wash, clean and slice jalapenos into rounds with inner membranes and seeds intact. Wear gloves while doing this to avoid burns! Fill a 12 oz mason jar just to below the neck of the jar with jalapenos, about 1 1/2 cups.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring water, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt to a boil. Stir until salt and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Once brine has cooled slightly, pour into mason jar with jalapenos. Leave some head space in jar for expansion, about 1/2 inch from the top of the jar. Cover with lid and place in fridge.
  4. Jalapenos are ready in about 24 hours and will keep for a few months in the fridge (ours don't last that long!)


The sugar is necessary to cut back the heat and make a good brine. I only used 1 tbsp in mine for a spicier pickled jalapeno. 2-4 tbsp is a general rule of thumb based on your preference. 

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 quart jar Serving Size 1quart jar
Amount Per Serving Calories 186Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2342mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 4gSugar 31gProtein 2g

Nutrition values are automatically calculated by third-party software using global standards. Please note that values can vary based on product brands and different nutritional calculators. The values stated here are only for a basic reference and are not evaluated by medical or nutritional professionals.

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  1. I went to the farmer’s market two weekends ago and found some great looking jalapenos. I was wondering how I was going to make them last until I found this. I made two jars worth and have been enjoying them on my sandwiches ever since. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I just made these with my patio jalapeños and I loved them! First off, it was SO easy to follow and thank you for that. I used Splenda instead of sugar, which I was nervous about, but it turned out good. I also used a plastic container as I didn’t have a jar in the house. I know the container may just be used for jalapeños now, but it worked pretty good.
    I recommend this recipe to anyone!

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