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Easy Cajun Pickles Recipe

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Pickles are some of the best food items to eat when it comes to flavor, texture, and overall value. Crisp, tart, and delicious, the pickle is a truly versatile food item that is loved by many. Cajun food is a beloved cuisine that is also very popular and for good reason. The blend of spices, heat, and soul that goes into Cajun cooking is hard to top.

It is the love for both pickles and Cajun cuisine that has led to this delicious Cajun Pickle Recipe. We take a basic pickle recipe and add Cajun flavor that is sure to elevate your pickle game. You can even use this delicious juice to make a recipe we shared, Pickled Lemonade.

The Pickle Ingredients

Check out our full breakdown in this article to fully understand how a cucumber becomes a pickle. The basic premise to a pickle is vinegar, seasonings and the item being pickled. The type of vinegar used along with the spice profile is what defines the flavor and overall taste of the pickle you are making. Below is what we will need to begin.

Pickling Cucumber

Pickling cucumbers are the go to for pickles for a variety of reasons. First, they have harder skin which allows them to retain a crunch and hold up in the vinegar based brine. They are also uniform, allowing the brine to affect all pickles in an even manner. Lastly, they are a great size for snacking and eating on their own. They can be found in most grocery stores.

Apple Cider and White Vinegar

We are using these two vinegars because of their tartness and flavor. The white vinegar brings the very tart, sour flavor that we all love in a pickle. The apple cider vinegar on the other hand brings fruity notes and another level of flavor to compliment the spicy Cajun seasoning.

McCormick Cajun Seasoning

Of all of the spice companies, McCormick is one of the best when it comes to flavor and consistency. Their blend of cayenne, bell peppers, black pepper and other spices is what elevates this blend and is why I am such a fan of it.

Garlic Cloves

Garlic is a great flavor addition to pickles as it gives an added aroma and taste that makes the pickle almost savory. Garlic plays a big role in Cajun cooking and just makes sense in this flavor profile.

Mustard Seed

A small amount of mustard seed goes a long way. I like to add it into give that briny, tart flavor that really balances against the apple cider vinegar to bring a beautiful contrast.

Water

The base of the pickle brine that will bring it all together.

Cajun Pickles Recipe: Easy, Yet Delicious

This simple recipe brings together two of my favorite food items and is a reason I keep it stocked in my fridge. Relatively easy to make, these pickles are great on their own or even added to items like a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich. Try them on their or in recipes and you will not be disappointed.

Cajun Pickles

Cajun Pickles

ray-delucci
Try this quick and easy cajun pickle recipe. Enjoy on a sandwich or with some cheese!
prep time
1 minute
cooking time
1 minute
total time
2 minutes

Equipment

  • Saucepan

Ingredients

  • 8-10 Pickling Cucumbers

  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, Crushed

  • 2 Teaspoons of Mustard Seeds

  • 2 Tablespoons of Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 Cup White Vinegar

  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 2 Cups Water

Instructions

1
Divide the cucumbers into jars and set aside.
2
In a pot, combine the vinegars, garlic, mustard seed, Cajun seasoning and water. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
3
Turn off heat and pour over cucumbers until submerged. Allow the cucumbers to cool to room temp and then store in the fridge.
4
Allow 3-5 days of sitting before eating for the best flavor. Allowing the pickles to sit in the brine for this long lets them fully soak in the brine and have the optimal flavor.
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Ray Delucci is a chef and content creator with over 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He has worked managing restaurants, in food manufacturing and food product development. He is also the creator of Line Cook Thoughts, a podcast and social media brand focused on sharing the thoughts of everyday cooks in the food world. He is currently located in the Greater Chicago Area.
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