Spicy Pickled Carrots with Garlic and Coriander

Source: Romney Steele, The Cook and Her Farmer

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This recipe was demonstrated for CUESA’s Market to Table program on February 28, 2015 in partnership with the sf|noir Wine & Food Festival.

Cut the carrots into various shapes, or leave them semi-whole, with their tops intact. The longer they sit in the pickling liquid, the more flavorful they become.

Makes about 16 to 20 pickles


¾ cup champagne vinegar
Splash apple cider or sherry vinegar
½ cup water
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
3 cloves garlic, sliced
5 whole black peppercorns
1 dried red chile, torn
1 bay leaf
1 whole star anise
Pinch salt
2 bunches young carrots, trimmed, peeled and halved lengthwise
1 Fresno chile (or other fresh red chile), seeded and thinly sliced
A few sprigs cilantro, or carrot tops


In a medium saucepan, bring the vinegars, water, coriander, garlic, peppercorns, dried chile, bay leaf, star anise, and salt to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, blanch the carrots in boiling, salted water for 1 minute. Drain and refresh in cold water.

Place the carrots in a shallow dish along with the sliced pepper and a few sprigs of cilantro or carrot tops for visual contrast. Pour the hot pickling liquid over the top.

Let cool to room temperature. Chill to serve.

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