Pickling Solution

This spicy pickling solution can be used on a number of fruits and veggies to great effect.  The coriander is key in this recipe and adding the star anise gives it more depth and nuance.  Red pepper flakes are optional if you don’t have much of a palette for spicy flavors, or you can reduce it to 1 tbsp.

Bok choy, red bell peppers, and nectarines are among my favorite things to pickle.  The sky’s the limit with this recipe.



Ingredients:  (Yield: 1 qt.)

  • 1 pt. Distilled white vinegar
  • 1 pt. Filtered water
  • ½ cup Kosher salt
  • ¾ cup Granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup Coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1-2 Star anise pod(s)



  1. Combine all ingredients and stir/whisk/shake until the salt and sugar are completely dissolved.
  2. Add the ingredient to be pickled to a container (preferably a mason jar) and pour the pickling solution over until completely submerged.
  3. Cover tightly and keep refrigerated for at least eight hours; 72+ hours for best results.


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