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13 September 2019

This pickled banana peppers recipe delivers crisp, crunchy, sweet banana peppers that are perfect for snacking or topping salads and sandwiches. Learn how to pickle banana peppers with Chili Pepper Madness.

My banana pepper plant went crazy this year and produced a ton of banana peppers. It’s difficult to eat them all up before they go bad, so it is best to preserve your peppers in various ways so you can enjoy them after the season has long ended.

There are many ways to preserve your peppers, but one of my favorites is pickling. Pickled peppers last a long time in the refrigerator, and even longer if you run them through a water bath. Banana peppers are perfect for pickling because they have somewhat thicker walls, which helps them stay crunchy for longer.

I’ve pickled banana peppers for many years and they remain crunchy in the jar months after pickling. Talk about delicious! Pickling is easy, and while there are various seasonings and ingredients you can add to your pickled peppers, I have a few preferred ingredients, though the recipe is easily adaptable.

Banana Peppers

About Banana Peppers

Banana peppers are great for growing. The plants are productive, and the peppers are rather mild, measuring in at only 0-500 Scoville Heat Units on the Scoville Scale. It’s a mild, medium-sized chili pepper with a tangy, slightly sweet taste, much milder than your typical jalapeno pepper. They’re awesome for every day cooking, but especially for pickling, making them quite popular.

Let’s talk about how we make these easy pickled banana peppers, shall we?

Pickled Banana Peppers in a jar

Ingredients Needed

  • 6-7 banana peppers (or as many as you can fit)
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pickling salt
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed (or more as desired)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
 

How to Make Pickled Banana Peppers – the Recipe Method

  1. First, slice the banana peppers into ¼ inch pepper rings and discard the stems. If you’d like, you can core out the banana peppers first. I usually do not. Set them aside for now.
  2. Next, add the vinegar, water, salt, garlic, honey, oregano, basil and peppercorns to a large pan.
  3. Bring to a boil, then add the sliced banana peppers. It should be somewhat of a rolling boil.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and stir. Let the mixture cool slightly. You can let the mixture cool to room temperature before pouring into the Ball or mason jars if you’d like.
  5. Pour the pickled peppers, brine and all, into 1-pint jars or a larger quart jar and screw on the cap.
  6. Refrigerate for 24 hours before using to develop the flavors, though they can be eaten right away.

Makes 4 cups.  Such a great recipe!

Pickled Banana Peppers in a bowl with tongs, ready to serve

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • This is a refrigerator pickle recipe, which means it is meant to be stored in the refrigerator. If you want to preserve it for longer, remove the garlic and run the jar through a water bath then store in a cool, dry place, like your pantry. 
  • Ingredients and Seasonings. I’ve used a number of my favorite ingredients here to season the banana peppers, but you are free to use others that you love. Do you enjoy mustard seeds? Go for it. Want some dried oregano? Sure thing! A bit of fresh dill? Yes! I love it. Make this recipe your own.
  • Best Salt for Pickling. Use pickling salt, kosher salt or pure sea salt for pickling. Most salts will work just find, as long as they do not contain any additives, like anti-clumping agents.
  • The Crispness Factor. Your pickled banana peppers will stay nice and crisp in the jar because we’re not boiling them or processing them. They may soften slightly, which is natural, but you’ll still get that satisfying snap and crunch.
  • Vinegar. I’m using a simple white vinegar for this recipe, though you can use apple cider vinegar for a slightly sweeter, tangier version. It works great.
  • Heat Factor. Banana peppers are not hot and spicy. However, you can spice thing up by including a hot pepper or two into your pickling mix. The heat from the hot pepper will permeate your brine and will add heat to the overall mixture. I’ve made this with a habanero pepper added in and the whole batch had a nice heat level.

Pickled Banana Peppers in a bowl

How Long Do Pickled Banana Peppers Last?

Pickled banana peppers will keep at least a month or longer in the refrigerator, often 6 months or more. If you’d like to preserve them for longer, omit the garlic from the recipe and process the jar through a water bath for 15 minutes (20 minutes above 6,000 feet elevation, according to USDA guidelines). Cool, then store in a cool, dark place. Processed peppers can last 2 years or more, though once opened, they should be refrigerated.

Learn more about How to Pickle Chili Peppers, including more detailed information on processing and jarring for longer term storage.

5 Ways to Serve Pickled Banana Peppers

Quick pickled banana peppers are perfect for adding a bit of salty, tangy crunch to many meals. Here are some suggestions for serving them up:

  1. Chop them up and serve them on top of a sandwiches
  2. Spoon them over a Greek salad – or any salad – for a bit of crunch and tang
  3. Use them as a pizza topping
  4. Top your grilled sausages or hot dogs with pickled banana peppers
  5. Eat them out of the jar as a simple snack

That’s it, my friends! That’s how you make quick pickled banana peppers. It’s such an easy recipe, right? Crazy easy, and you can enjoy them in so many ways! I love that. Pickled peppers on anything. Let me know how you like them!

Try Some of My Other Popular Pickling Recipes

Pickled Banana Peppers in a bowl, ready to serve

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Pickled Banana Peppers Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 
This pickled banana peppers recipe delivers crisp, crunchy, sweet banana peppers that are perfect for snacking or topping salads and sandwiches. Learn how to pickle banana peppers.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana pepper, pickled, pickling, preserving
Servings: 16
Calories: 9 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 6-7 banana peppers or as many as you can fit
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pickling salt
  • 1 clove garlic smashed (or more as desired)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
Instructions
  1. Slice the banana peppers into ¼ inch rings and discard the stems. If you’d like, you can core out the banana peppers first. I usually do not. Set them aside for now.
  2. Add the vinegar, water, salt, garlic, honey, oregano, basil and peppercorns to a large pan.
  3. Bring the mixture to a quick boil, then add the sliced banana peppers.
  4. Remove from heat and stir.
  5. Pour the pickled banana peppers, brine and all, into 1-pint jars or a larger quart jar and screw on the cap.

  6. Refrigerate for 24 hours before using to develop the flavors, though they can be eaten right away.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Makes 4 cups.
Pickled banana peppers will keep at least a month or longer in the refrigerator. If you’d like to preserve them for longer, discard the garlic and process the jar through a water bath for 15 minutes (20 minutes above 6,000 feet elevation).

Nutrition Facts
Pickled Banana Peppers Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 9 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 438mg18%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 13IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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6 comments

  1. Hi Mike. Can I use banana peppers that are starting to turn red and are slightly soft. I’d hate to see them go to waste. Also like to say I love receiving your recipes. Can’t say the same for my wife and kids. Thanks. Barry.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Barry, you can use banana peppers that are turning red. Be careful if they are going soft. Some can be used, but if they show any signs of rot, I would skip them.

  2. I know it’s controversial but I love pizza topped with pickled banana peppers and pineapple.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I greatly enjoy pineapple on my pizza. Happy to declare it! One of my very favorite combinations is pineapple, pepperoni and jalapeno. YUM!

  3. I canned some banana peppers for the first time four days ago (10 min hot water bath), but I put 1/4 clove of garlic in each jar. I see here that you say not to include garlic. Do my peppers need to be stored in the fridge? Are they still okay after 4 days at room temperature?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      They’re totally fine, Karen. With garlic, you run the risk of botulism, so it isn’t recommended for longer storage.

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