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How To: Make Pickled Jalapenos

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Jalapenos are abundant right now, but that’ll change very soon, when fall starts to chill the fields. I love the brightness of fresh jalapenos, but pickled jalapenos are a staple. Once I figured out how incredibly easy and cheap it is to make my own, I’ve never gone back. I even learned how to water bath can just so that I could make these in giant batches!

The tricky thing about jalapenos is that the heat level varies wildly, and there is no way to tell how hot an individual pepper is. But the good news is that most of the heat in the jalapeno is in the seeds and the membrane in the middle of the pepper, removing all or some will give you control over the final burn.

Once you have yourself a giant batch of beautifully pickled peppers, there is an enormous amount of uses from quesadillas to burgers, I just can’t get enough.

Lemon Beer Dream Cake


    For the cake:
  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs lemon zest
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup Saison, pale ale or White ale beer
  • 5 egg whites (reserve yolks for curd)
  • ¼ tsp cream or tartar
  • For the filling:
  • 2 whole eggs plus five yolks
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 6 large lemons)
  • 1 tbs lemon zest
  • ½ cup IPA beer
  • 2 tbs corn starch
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbs lemon zest
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 3 tbs IPA beer
  • 3 tbs whole milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer add the butter, sugar, and lemon zest, beat on high until very well combined, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, add the beer and buttermilk (it’s ok if it curdles).
  5. Alternating between the flour and the beer mixture, add a bit of each to the stand mixer while it runs on low speed, until all ingredients are combined. Scrape the bottom of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are well combined.
  6. Remove the batter, add to a large bowl. Clean the mixer very well (using a hand mixer or a separate mixer is fine as well).
  7. Add the egg whites and cream of tartar to the clean bowl of a stand mixer, any amount of fat and the egg whites will not whip properly.
  8. Whip on high until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
  9. Add about 1/3 of the egg whites to the cake batter mixture, gently fold to combine. Once combined, gently fold in half of the remaining egg whites, then the final egg whites, stir until combined.
  10. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans very well (8 inch cake pans will work as well), divide the batter between the three pans.
  11. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the tops have just started to brown.
  12. Allow to cool to room temperature before removing from pans.
  13. While the cake is baking, make the curd.
  14. In a pan off heat, whisk together the eggs, yolks, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, beer, and corn starch. Add the butter cubes, place the pan over medium high heat. Whisk frequently until thicken to a pudding like consistency, about 10 minutes.
  15. Remove from heat, add to a bowl and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  16. To make the butter cream, add the butter, sugar, and zest to a stand mixer, building up speed, beat on high until very well combined, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  17. One tablespoon at a time, slowly add the lemon juice, beer and milk, allowing to re-mix to a fluff consistency between additions, this should take no less than 8 minutes total. Make sure the frosting is very well whipped.
  18. To assemble the cake, add one layer of cake to a cake plate. Top with half of the lemon mixture, then with another layer and then with the rest of the lemon mixture before adding the final layer of cake. Top the final layer of cake with the butter cream. If you want to frost the entire cake with buttercream, double the buttercream recipe, assemble the layers and chill the cake for at least one hour before attempting to frost.
  19. Chill until ready to serve.

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 16, 2013 um 7:05 am

I can’t believe the perfect timing of your post! I just got tons of jalapenos from my FIL and was going to look for pickled jalapenos recipe. And here it is! Yay! Thanks, Jackie!


Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry August 16, 2013 um 2:35 pm

OMG! This is brilliant.


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 17, 2013 um 9:57 pm

As Anna said, perfect timing! Jason and I were in Santa Barbara today eating this amazing California Burrito but they’re pickled jalapenos sucked so we can’t wait to make our own!


anna August 19, 2013 um 11:40 am

Do you think these could be canned?


Jackie August 19, 2013 um 12:04 pm

Yes. I canned a huge batch of these using a water bath canning method, worked great.


Julie @ Table for Two August 19, 2013 um 5:06 pm

Pickled jalapenos are the perfect burger topping!! Love this!!


Des August 19, 2013 um 10:46 pm

SHUT UP it is that easy to make pickled jalapenos?!? I am all over this. And I know exactly what you mean about the jalapenos. I’ve had some that are so hot that they made me cry. Then others that made me double check to make sure I didn’t buy a bell pepper instead. I prefer the spice so I always leave the seeds in…what’s a few tears?


ashley – Baker by Nature August 20, 2013 um 10:08 am

Ha! I literally just did this yesterday! Great minds my friend 😉


Bree {Skinny Mommy} August 20, 2013 um 1:09 pm

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pickled jalapenos! It’s kind of a joke with my friends because at a Mexican restaurant I eat one with every bit of my food. I can’t wait to try to make my own. Great recipe!


Barbara August 21, 2013 um 8:41 am

I also can jalapenos, but my recipe and method are even more simple!
Clean jalapenos (slice if desired) and pack in quart jars
Over the top of the jalapenos add 1 1/2 tablespoon of kosher salt
Fill to rim with white 5% vinegar
Bring seals to a boil and seal jars.
Wait 6 weeks and they’re ready to eat!


Elisabeth August 26, 2013 um 2:18 pm

How long can you keep these???


Jackie August 26, 2013 um 2:20 pm

A really long time in the fridge, months even. If you water bath can them they’ll last years.


Marilyn September 18, 2016 um 10:53 am

Thank u Barbara I like ur way, I didn’t want to use sugar. I’m going to make them today.


addie | culicurious August 22, 2013 um 5:38 am

These look simple and delicious! win!! 🙂


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Sally January 11, 2014 um 10:15 am

Getting ready to make them today, i want to water bath them but not sure how long to let them cook.


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