Easy Pickled Eggs (No Canning Required)

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These Easy Pickled Eggs are a delicious and healthy snack that everyone will enjoy! With no canning required, this recipe contains just the right combination of sweet, sour and salty.  

These Pickled Eggs are the perfect on the go snack or a make a yummy sandwich filling! Add them to your Charcuterie Board along with Pickled Asparagus and Spicy Dill Dip.

Pickled Eggs in jar with dill

Way back in the day, when refrigeration was a problem or even non-existent, canning or pickling was the only option to preserve foods meant for consumption at a later date. Many people would preserve their fruit, vegetables and even meats such as sausage and chicken in order to store them for the long winter months.

Today we are fortunate to have fresh fruit, vegetables and meat year round so the need to ‘can’ or pickle our food is really not necessary. While pickling isn’t needed for preservation, it definitely is delicious to pickle foods from eggs and onions to jalapenos and even cherries!

egg cut in half

My husband absolutely LOVES pickled eggs and he swears that these are the best he’s ever had! They’re so simple to make and don’t require any canning or special equipment, just a very quick brine, a few slices of onion and some boiled eggs.

While this Pickled Egg Recipe is simple enough to make, I love to use my Instant Pot, which makes it even simpler! Not only is it super quick, but using a pressure cooker makes the perfect hard-boiled egg every time. If you do not have an Instant Pot, you can also prepare the perfect hard-boiled egg with this simple stove top method.

Pickled Eggs are great as an appetizer, as a snack or even chopped up for a delicious egg salad sandwich! Very often you will see pickled eggs in pubs or bars and this is because they go very well with a nice cold glass of beer! Once your eggs are gone, be sure to keep the onions… they’re the most delicious addition to salads and sandwiches (I actually just love eating them right out of the jar)!

Tips for Pickled Eggs

  • Hard boil your eggs using a pressure cooker for perfect results every time.
  • Choosing a pickling spice without cloves will help keep the brine from turning brown.
  • You can substitute cider vinegar for the white vinegar for a different flavor.
  • Using red onion or a few slices of beets will make your eggs, pretty and pink!
  • Add extra dill or even a few slices of jalapeno for a little bit of zip!

Pickled Eggs in jar with no lid

I love the look of homemade goods – they just look like they were made with love (and they always seem to be received with love too)! These Pickled Eggs make a great gift for a special occasion or simply to bring as a hostess gift the next time you are asked over for dinner! Simply tie some ribbon or raffia around the lid and you have an instant homemade gift that will surely be appreciated!

Rediscover the art of pickling with this yummy Pickled Eggs Recipe! Your friends and family will be so impressed –  you don’t even have to confess how easy it really was!

Pickled Eggs in jar with dill
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Easy Pickled Eggs (No Canning Required)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 eggs
Author Holly Nilsson
Quick and easy to prepare, these pickled eggs don’t require any special equipment or canning and they come out perfectly every time!


  • 12 hard boiled eggs peeled and cooled
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pickling spices

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  • Place all ingredients except eggs, garlic, and dill in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Add garlic clove to the jar. Place 3 eggs in a large jar. Top with some of the cooked onion slices and a sprig of dill. Repeat until the jar is full.
  • Pour the liquid over the eggs and seal the jar.
  • Refrigerate at least 3-4 days before eating (1 week is best).

Recipe Notes

These will keep weeks in the fridge but never last that long. Enjoy the onions on salads or in sandwiches.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 116, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 186mg, Sodium: 259mg, Potassium: 83mg, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 275IU, Vitamin C: 1.2mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 0.7mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword easy pickled eggs
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. OMG!!! I made them for my husband. He loves pickled everything so I had to try this recipe. It’s just perfectly easy and delicious. He couldn’t wait so start eating them the next day. But I made two jars and he wasn’t allowed to get into the second jar until the 4th day lol. I’m making more. He just can’t have enough. The first time I used dry dill cause I didn’t have fresh at hand, but today I’m using fresh from my garden. I went and buy two plants.
    Thank you!!!5 stars

    1. So happy to hear that these pickled eggs are such a bit hit Dulce! Great idea to buy a dill plant!

  2. I making this in a few minutes and I’m so excited! Since I have 24 eggs I am doubling the recipe. My boyfriend LOVES pickled eggs so I am so happy to have found this recipe to make for him. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  3. Loved the eggs! I added 3/4 cup of beet juice and just 1 Tbs of suger. I love the pink eggs! I also used apple cider vinegar . So good.

    1. I have only made this as written. Other readers have tried without sugar, or with a sugar substitute with success. I haven’t tried it so if you do, please let us know how it works out for you!

  4. Hello! I’m from the Phils and fresh dill is uncommon. So does pickling spices. Can I use commercially available dried dill instead? What can I substitute with pickling spices? Is cane vinegar be as good as white?

    1. I’ve only used fresh dill, but dry should work. You’d want to use about a quarter of the amount. Pickling spices can be found at Amazon. You could add a combination of a cinnamon stick, a bay leaf, a couple cloves, and seeds like mustard, allspice, and coriander. Add a bit of spice by adding a small pinch of red pepper flakes. Hope that helps.

    2. Hello Holly! Yes I have tried the recipe and I used dried dill. It worked! I added some of the spices you mentioned which are available here. Though, I added a little sugar. My boys want it a little sweeter. (Added a tablespoonful.) And lessened the vinegar, because I used cane, and I find it more sour than the white. I will try the white vinegar next time. It seems I will do the recipe again and again. Additional fave of the family even on breakfast. Thanks a lot for sharing!

      1. Excellent Zetti! Thank you for the feedback and you are so very welcome! That’s a great thing about this recipe, it’s very adaptable!

  5. Hi,
    What kind of onion did you use in this recipe? I saw that you recommended red onion for color, but what is the normal onion you use?

      1. The onion is added to the saucepan with the ingredients in step 1. Enjoy!

  6. Boom! Hit it out of the park here. Only thing did different was used 1/4C sugar instead of 1/3. Best pickled egg recipe out here yet3 stars

  7. I’m going to try your recipe for pickled eggs but since I’m the only one eating them I want to try just 6 eggs first. Should I cut your ingredients in half or leave it as is. My only thought was that if I cut it in half I may be weakening the mixture too much. Just wondering.

  8. Can anyone recommend a good pickling spice brand? I bought the Kroger brand pickling spice and the eggs turned out terrible. I hated the flavor of the spice blend.

    1. 1. Place all ingredients except eggs, garlic, and dill in a saucepan.
      2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Cool slightly.

  9. Love it it’s been ages since I had a pickled egg, now I’m going to look for a recipe for the old-fashioned pub pickled sausages

  10. These pickled eggs were excellent. The onions in the jar were so good that I made a few jars of just pickled onions using this recipe. I used the pickled onions on Bavarian smokies and Ruben Sandwiches instead of sauerkraut. So good!!