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How to Pickle Shallots

Learn how to make pickle shallots, a quick and easy way to add bright flavor and fresh crunch to so many recipes. Just 3 ingredients!
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 72kcal


  • 4 shallots skin peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt optional


  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring vinegar, sugar, and a healthy pinch of salt to simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir in shallots.
  • Cover and cool completely, about 30 minutes. Store in brine in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 


Do ahead: Shallots can be pickled 1 week ahead. Cover and chill.


Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg