How to Make Pickled Shallots

by Angela LaFollette ; Updated September 28, 2017

Preserve an abundant amount of shallots by pickling them in vinegar.

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Plan to make pickled shallots ahead of time as they need to sit in a brine solution before you can pickle them. Once you pickle shallots, add them to a relish tray or serve them on a salad. Shallots also can be served as an appetizer with toothpicks. Pickled shallot recipes vary according to personal tastes, but all shallot recipes include a vinegar solution that gives the shallots the sour pickled flavor. Pickling shallots extends the shelf life so that you can enjoy them for many months.

Peel the outer papery skin from the shallots. Trim the ends of the shallots and separate them into individual cloves.

Boil 2 1/2 cups of water and pour the water into a bowl. Add 2 oz. of salt to the water and allow the salt to dissolve. Let the brine solution cool.

Place the shallots in the brine solution and place a plate over them so that they remain submerged. Allow the shallots to soak in the solution for 12 to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Rinse the shallots with clean water. Pat the shallots dry with paper towels.

Combine the white wine vinegar, salt and sugar in a saucepan. Place the saucepan on the stove top over high heat to bring the ingredients to a boil.

Stir the solution until the sugar dissolves.

Add the shallots to the solution. Stir the shallots to coat them with the mixture. Cook the shallots for one minute.

Remove the saucepan from the stove top. Place the savory sprig into the saucepan.

Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Pour the shallots into a glass bowl. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap.

Refrigerate the shallots for one week before you consume them.

Store the pickled shallots for up to three months in sterilized jars. Cover the jars tightly and store them in a cool and dark location.


  • Create the brine solution in a non-metallic bowl to prevent a reaction from occurring. The metal can cause the solution to appear cloudy.

    Sterilize jars by boiling them in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Dry them on a clean towel upside down to prevent dust from falling into the jars.

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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.