Pink pepper pickled shallots

Enjoy these pink pepper pickled shallots with hard cheeses like cheddar, comté or gruyère, or served alongside a fondue. They make an ideal festive gift

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:10 mins
    plus 3 weeks pickling
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 7
  • fat 0g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 2g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 0.2g
  • protein 0.2g
  • salt 0.05g


  • 500g small shallots
  • 10g coarse sea salt
  • 500ml cider vinegar
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp (about 10g) pink peppercorns
  • 4-6 bay leaves


Wash the jars with hot, soapy water, and rinse well. Put the jars on a baking tray, upside-down, and bake at 140C/120C fan/gas 1 until completely dry. Pack the veg or chutney into the jars while they’re hot to prevent the glass cracking. 


  1. Peel and trim the shallots. You can do this with a small, sharp knife, or, if they’re hard to peel, briefly boil the shallots, then immediately plunge into cold water before peeling.

  2. Tip the salt, vinegar, sugar, peppercorns, bay leaves and 250ml water into a pan over a low heat and cook until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is steaming. Add the shallots and continue to simmer for 3-4 mins, but don’t let it boil.

  3. Remove the shallots using a slotted spoon and divide between three sterilised jars (see tip, below), leaving a 1cm gap at the top of each. Tip the vinegar mixture into a jug, and pour over the shallots so they’re fully covered. Seal the jars and gently tap or shake to make sure any air goes to the top. Store in a cool, dark place for three weeks before opening. Once opened, store in the fridge.

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