A Simple Cauliflower Pickle

Simple Cauliflower Pickle

Cauliflower is used in many pickle recipes. This one is tangy, spicy, and makes a great condiment as well as a versatile cooking ingredient.

I often buy a commercially made pickle consisting of sections of gherkin, cocktail onions, and cauliflower florets with turmeric as a main flavoring component. The cauliflower is my favorite part but I usually find that there are too few pieces in each jar and, with most brands, they are often just a tad too sweet. This simple cauliflower pickle recipe contains nothing but cauliflower florets, just a little sugar, and a nicely complimentary spice blend that is both tangy and mildly spicy.

The Ingredients

  • 1 head Cauliflower;
  • 4 cups Vinegar (plain White is fine);
  • 1 tbsp. Brown Mustard Seed;
  • 1 tbsp. Pink Peppercorns;
  • 1 tsp. Coriander Seed;
  • 6 tbsp. Sugar;
  • 1 tbsp. Turmeric;
  • 1 tsp. Salt (or Garlic Salt, if you like).

NOTES: The full 4 cups of vinegar used here produces a VERY tart pickle and some people may wish to substitute one or two cups of the vinegar with water.

If you like something just a bit spicier, you can always add a few whole dried red chilies to the blend, and a few cardamom pods can be nice as well.

The Method

Sliced Cauliflower Florets
Sliced Cauliflower Florets

Cut the cauliflower head into florets. You will need about 6 cups, in all.

Toasting Spices for the Pickling Medium
Toasting Spices for the Pickling Medium

Now, add the peppercorns, coriander and mustard seeds to a pan and toast over moderate heat.

Cooking the Pickling Medium
Cooking the Pickling Medium

When the spices give of their aroma, add the sugar, salt and turmeric and stir for a few seconds longer before adding the vinegar. Heat until the sugar and salt has dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil, then remove from the heat.

Freshly Packed Pickles
Freshly Packed Pickles

Put the cauliflower florets into a suitable pickling jars (Mason jars, used here, are ideal) and then pour over the pickling mix. Cover immediately and allow everything to cool. Refrigerate for at least two days before serving.


  1. You are right, most commercial brands are not delicious.
    On the other hand, so easy to prepare to ones` own taste 🙂

    1. Author

      Some English Picallili pickles are great, but hard to find where I live.

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