Cajun Pickled Eggs

Cajun pickled eggs. Think eggs. Vinegar. Cajun spice. Hot sauce. And something that’s sooooooo much more than the sum of its parts.

A white plate topped with four Cajun pickled eggs, one of which is cut in half. A fork rests on the plate.

Cajun pickled eggs are essentially a snazzy riff on that classic pub snack of pickled eggs with Cajun seasoning and hot sauce tossed in for kicks. They take literally minutes to toss together although they do require some patience as they pickle. Which actually is a good thing as it gives you plenty of time to dream up the perfect occasion and the perfect cold beer to accompany them. Because trust us, beer lovely with these.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Cajun Pickled Eggs

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  • 5 M
  • 14 D
  • Makes 10 to 12
4.9/5 - 7 reviews
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Special Equipment: 1-quart (946-ml) mason jar and lid

Ingredients


Directions

Gently pack the eggs into the jar, sprinkling them with the Cajun seasoning as you go.

In a small saucepan, combine the hot pepper sauce and vinegar. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Pour over the eggs.

Seal the jar and let it cool to room temperature. Stash the jar in the refrigerator, giving the jar a gentle shake to redistribute the spices every couple days, for at least 2 weeks and up to 3 months. (The flavor will initially be hot and vinegary but if you wait at least 2 weeks the pickled eggs will pick up a complexity and become more imbued with the Cajun spices.)

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

Pickled eggs are a classic bar food. You either love 'em or hate 'em. This recipe makes a pickled egg that could turn people over to the love ‘em side. Four simple ingredients, easy to make, and all that’s required is patience. I would HIGHLY recommend opening a window and having the exhaust fan on as you make the pickling sauce for the jar as the fumes are potent. Once the eggs had cooled, I packed them into a quart-size jar and carefully poured over the hot liquid. I would recommend here that a funnel be used to guide the hot liquid into the jar safely. Now came the hard part—waiting. After 1 week, I sent them with my sister to work as there are a number of pickled egg aficionados there. The eggs were cut into quarters for tasting purposes. The verdict? They LOVED them! The eggs had a gentle lingering heat that wasn't overpowering. Comments ranged from “OMG! These are awesome!” to “These would go really well with a cold beer.” Two tasters weren't too keen on them and found the vinegar to be a little strong but there's always bound to be couple. I can't think of anything I'd change other than maybe trying something milder in terms of a vinegar.

We love boiled eggs and deviled eggs, so these Cajun pickled eggs were another egg recipe to try. We loved the tang of the hot sauce and vinegar in each bite. We waited 1 week before sampling the eggs and I'm sure with another week they would've been even better. I'll be making these again before our next picnic and let them sit for 2 to 3 weeks in the brine. I packed the eggs in a large upright jar so the brine could almost cover them. I also shook the jar and turned it upside down each day to distribute the liquid.

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Comments

  1. These are EXCELLENT! Used Red Devil hot sauce cause that is what my local grocery had, and Tony Chachere’s cajun seasoning. Highly recommend serving these (amongst the countless ways they can be enjoyed) sliced on top of simple avocado toast (just smashed/mashed/salted/peppered avocado). I do have one comment / question about this. Since I’m a recipe junkie, I had to search for other versions of this recipe. I came across one at real cajun recipes dot com, and they point out that an eggs age more at room temp in a day than they do in a week in the fridge! And thus, their recipe for these same eggs has you leave the jar out at room temp for 2 weeks! What do you think about this method – safe?

    1. So glad you loved these, MikeK, and that is a fantastic serving suggestion. I can see how the flavors of the pickled egg and mashed avocado would pair extremely well. As for your question about the room temp pickled eggs, no, I definitely would not recommend this. Pickled eggs stored at room temperature have caused botulism and really should never be stored at room temperature except when you’re serving them.

    1. You can, Sharon, however, the flavor won’t be quite as strong, and you may find you need to make more brine.

  2. I tried this with a Cajun-based hot sauce (Zatarain’s) and man oh man, these are delicious. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe.

  3. Not sure what kind of store bought hot pepper sauce to use. At over 1 cup in the ingredients, Tabasco sauce would be to hot. I used the name brand sriracha hot chili sauce, so see how that works. The total amount of vinegar and hot pepper sauce was not enough to cover all the eggs in the jar so been flipping the jar upside down every day.

    1. Thanks, Tom. Do let us know what you think once they’re ready. Some of our readers have experimented with different sauces and most seem to like either Sriracha or a more vinegar-based hot sauce, like Franks.

  4. We just finished the jar and need to make more, really good with beer and football. Could Sriracha be subbed for the standard hot pepper sauce? I made it with” Franks” twice now and would like to change it up just for fun.

    1. I think you could swap in Sriracha for the Franks, low and slow. In my experience, Sriracha packs a bit more punch so you may want to start with less unless you like it very spicy.

      1. Here are the results using Sriracha: As much as I like it the flavor is too sweet and they are much better using Franks or your favorite hot sauce. Why? The eggs really need the vinegar for that acidity. Unless you like sweet eggs skip the Sriracha.

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