Hot Pickled Okra

Some like it hot. These spicy okra pickles, made with fresh jalapeño slices and dried whole chiles, are for them. For even more kick, add a tablespoon or two of dried chile flakes to the brine. Slideshow: Spicy Recipes 

Hot Pickled Okra
Photo: © Emily Farris
Total Time:
30 mins
3 1-pint jars


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh whole okra

  • 3 fresh jalapeño peppers, cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • 9 dried red chile peppers

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 cups cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • Kosher salt


  1. Divide the okra and jalapeno peppers pieces evenly between 3 sterile canning pint jars. Place 3 dried chiles and 1 clove of garlic into each jar.

  2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, vinegar, mustard seeds, peppercorns, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of kosher salt for the brine. Stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Once the mixture has reached a rolling boil, pour the brine as evenly as possible into the jars. Seal the jars in a hot water bath according to the jars' package instructions and store in a cool, dry place for at least a week.

Make Ahead

Pickled okra should last up to 6 months in a sealed jar when stored in a cool, dry place. Refrigerate after opening.

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