How long do pickled eggs last?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long do pickled eggs last?”, and how to make pickled eggs?

How long do pickled eggs last?

If stored correctly in an air-tight container, pickled eggs will last about 4 months in the fridge. Pickled eggs, kept on the counter for more than 2 hours are considered unsafe. They become contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which causes Botulism

Botulism is a foodborne illness caused by the toxins released by C.botulinum. Pickled eggs do not freeze well. Therefore, it is important to pickle and can them safely in order to keep them around for at least 4 months. Read on if you want to know how to make pickled eggs.

What are pickled eggs?

Pickled eggs are simply hard-boiled eggs immersed in brine or vinegar which is called the pickling solution, along with some vegetables, herbs, and spices. It is a great way to preserve eggs for longer. 

Pickled eggs taste like tangy eggs with a lot of complex herbaceous flavors. The flavor of the pickled eggs depends greatly on what is in the brine, and what kind of vegetables are used with the eggs. If the eggs are not pickled safely, they develop a high risk of Botulism.

How to make pickled eggs?


  • 2 cups white vinegar
  •  2 cups water
  •  1 cup white sugar
  •  2 tsp kosher salt
  •  1 tbsp pickling spices
  •  12 peeled hard-boiled eggs
  •  2-3 sprigs of fresh dill
  •  2-3 bay leaves
  •  Sliced raw white onion rings (optional)


  1. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and the pickling spices in a large pot. Bring this mixture to a rolling boil on a high flame. After the first boil, reduce the flame to a simmering heat. Simmer this liquid mixture until the sugar dissolves completely.
  2. Add eggs in an empty and sterilized glass jar. Use a 2-liter capacity jar or a larger one if you want. Add any vegetables of your choice at this point. This recipe mentions onions. Add dill for tangy and herbaceous flavor.
  3. Pour the pickling brine that you prepared over the eggs in the jar. Seal the jar with a tight and sterilized lid. The pickled brine can be tasted and adjusted even at this point. If you like it sweet, add more sugar. If you like it salty, add a bit more salt. Salt also neutralizes the acidity of the vinegar.
  4. Let the pickle rest in the fridge for about 2 weeks before using it. This allows the flavor to develop and penetrate eggs.

Pickled eggs variations

  1. Hard-boil the eggs, peel them, and place them at the bottom of a glass jar.
  2. In a pot, add the vinegar, water, or beet juice, the onion and jalapeno, sugar, and spices. Bring this mixture to a boil and cook, uncovered, until the sugar is completely dissolved. The onions should become translucent. Now turn off the flame and let it cool.
  3. Pour the pickling solution in the jar, such that the eggs are completely submerged. If you are making the beet pickled eggs variation, add the cooked or canned beets as well. Close the jar and refrigerate. Let the pickled eggs sit for a few days. 

Beet pickled eggs with cardamom and anise

  • 1 beet-150g ( prepare the beet by peeling and copping it in 1-2 inch sized pieces followed by simmering them for 30 minutes in a cup of water covered). Use canned beets alternatively.
  • 1 cup beet juice ( use leftover water of cooked beet or the leftover water of canned beets)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Sliced onions 1/4 cup
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1-star anise
  • 6 eggs (hard-boiled and peeled)

Curried pickled eggs

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • ¼ cup Sliced onions 
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (yellow or brown)
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 6 eggs (peeled and hard-boiled)

Jalapeno pickled eggs

  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar (use a tbsp extra for balanced sweetness)
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, deseeded and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano flakes
  • 1/4 cup Sliced onions
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6 eggs (peeled and hard-boiled)

Tarragon pickled eggs

  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Sliced onions
  • 2 sprigs of fresh tarragon
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar (use 1 Tbsp extra)
  • 1 teaspoon herbs de Provence
  • 6 eggs (peeled and hard-boiled)


In this article, we answered the question “How long do pickled eggs last?”, and how to make pickled eggs?