Pickled Asparagus

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25 minutes
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My Pickled Asparagus recipe is how to preserve this elegant spring vegetable for your next charcuterie board, relish tray, or Bloody Mary. No canning is needed; you only need simple ingredients you may already have!

Asparagus with brine poured over it in glass jar.

Why This Recipe is a Keeper!

I’m up for pretty much anything pickled. Give me some pickled Brussels sprouts, beets, or giardiniera! Pickled asparagus, however, is the crème de la crème of pickled vegetables!

Pickled asparagus is the perfect addition to a charcuterie board, relish tray, a sandwich, or a quick snack when your taste buds need a pick-me-up.

This pickled asparagus recipe is super simple, too! Just pack some medium-width asparagus spears cut to the height of your jar, add some garlic, shallot, fresh dill, and a quick and simple brine, and it’s close to done! A little patience is all you need, as the asparagus spears need to steep in the zesty brine for a day or two.

This quick pickled asparagus recipe is:

  • Easy!
  • Economical! Do you have more asparagus than you can eat? Pickling it is the perfect way to make it last a little longer.
  • So good! This tangy brine gets spunk from mustard seeds and crushed red pepper flakes.
Asparagus with brine poured over it in glass jar.

How to Make Pickled Asparagus:

Recipe Ingredients:

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this pickled asparagus recipe, as well as instructions for preparing the ingredients. The exact quantities are on the recipe card below.

Ingredients for Pickled Asparagus in glass bowls.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions:

  • Asparagus: Use at least medium-width asparagus.
  • Shallot: Shallots are an onion family member used extensively in French cooking. They grow in clusters or heads, similar to a head of garlic but without the quantity. The flavor is oniony with a hint of garlic.
  • Dill: I highly recommend fresh dill over dried dill.
  • Pickling Salt: Pickling salt, also known as canning salt, is pure salt with a fine texture that dissolves faster in brines. It contains no anti-caking agents or additives traditionally added to table salt. These additives are left out because they can add a cloudy appearance to pickle brine. Kosher salt is also pure salt, so it’s a good substitute.
  • Mustard Seed: Mustard seeds are various mustard plants’ small, round seeds. Brown or yellow mustard seeds can be used in this pickled asparagus recipe.

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  • Gather and prep all the ingredients for the pickled asparagus recipe.
  • Trim the woody ends from the asparagus spears to the length they’ll fit vertically in the jar(s) you’re using.
  • Place the asparagus spears, shallot, garlic, and dill in your jar(s).
  • Combine the vinegar, water, pickling salt, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes, and mustard seed in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
Brine in stainless steel saucepan with whisk.
  • Slowly pour the brine over the asparagus, making sure the asparagus is fully submerged.
Brine being poured over asparagus, garlic, shallot and dill in glass jar.
  • Let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight, at least.
  • That’s it! Pickled asparagus! Let it sit in your refrigerator for a day or two. The asparagus will change slightly, turning olive green, but it will still be crispy and delicious!
Asparagus in glass jar with top securely in place.

Chef Tip:

  • To determine how much to trim asparagus, bend one of the stalks near the bottom until it breaks. It breaks where you should cut the remainder, as they’re all typically the same size in the bunch and were probably growing next to each other.
Pickled Asparagus with brine poured over it in glass jar.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you have to blanch asparagus before pickling?

Blanching asparagus before pickling is not necessary. In this pickled asparagus recipe, a hot brine is poured over it to cook it slightly and blanch it.

How long will pickled asparagus last in the refrigerator?

Pickled asparagus is best in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, but it can be enjoyed for up to one month.

Pickled Asparagus with brine poured over it in glass jar.

Storage:

  • Keep refrigerated; do not freeze.

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Asparagus with brine poured over it in glass jar.

Pickled Asparagus

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Pickled Asparagus is how to preserve this elegant spring vegetable for your next charcuterie board, relish tray, or Bloody Mary! No canning is needed; you only need some simple ingredients you may already have!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Pickles and Relishes
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 41 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bunches asparagus - medium width, approximately 1 1/2 pounds
  • 1 large shallot - quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic - halved
  • 1 small bunch fresh dill - (like what you get in the plastic packages in the produce department)
  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pickling salt - or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon whole mustard seed - brown or yellow

Instructions
 

  • Trim the woody ends from the asparagus spears to the length in which they'll fit vertically in the jar(s) you're using.
  • Place the asparagus spears, shallot, garlic, and dill in the jar(s) you're using.
  • Combine the vinegar, water, pickling salt, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes and mustard seed in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
  • Slowly pour the brine over the asparagus, making sure the asparagus are fully submerged.
  • Let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Notes

The amount of asparagus and brine will vary based on the size and shape of your jar(s).

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1319mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Awesome! We have a bumper crop of asparagus this year, and this recipe is a nice change from roasting and some of the other ways we’ve been preparing it. Thanks so much for a great recipe!

    1. Thanks so much, Linc! Happy this recipe is working out so well for you. Appreciate your taking the time to come back and comment.