Pickled Turmeric Eggs

If you've got hard-boiled eggs and five extra minutes, you can make these beauties! They're the best. Hard-boiled eggs pickled in turmeric, shallot, and apple cider vinegar - beautiful, quick to make, and delicious.

Pickled Turmeric Eggs

A number of you spotted these pickled turmeric eggs in my refrigerator when I posted this shot to Instagram recently. They're great! They're also incredibly easy and quick to make, and convenient to have on hand. Pickled eggs, like these, will keep in your refrigerator for a week or two, and I love to use them in all sorts of ways.
Pickled Turmeric Eggs
As a component in a quick lunch you can't go wrong, or to top off a Buddha bowl, or just as a stand-alone snack. You can eat them halved and topped with whatever you have on hand (pictured here with scallions, chopped walnuts, and a dab of turmeric lemongrass curry paste, and a bit of watermelon radish), but I also like to grate them on a box grater for a vibrant shredded egg salad. You can also use the shredded version as a protein-boost on top of a green salad, or as the main event on an open-faced sandwich.

The turmeric swings some nutritional weight, and brings an electric yellow hue to the outside of each egg. The apple cider vinegar delivers a nice bite and tang to the situation, and also tightens up the texture of the egg. You have to give these a try! I'm posting a video of the process here, and you can find the recipe down below as well.



One last thing I'll mention is this - Be sure to use the shallots (or onions) as well. They're great in salads, on tacos, or served as a condiment at the table. A little pickle accent is welcome at just about every meal.
Pickled Turmeric Eggs

Enjoy! --Heidi

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Pickled Turmeric Eggs

4.27 from 34 votes

Electric yellow with a bit of bite. Great halved, shredded or deviled.

  • 1 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/2 onion (or 4 shallots), thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoons whole peppercorns
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs*
  1. In a small saucepan bring the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and turmeric to a simmer. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Place the onion, peppercorns, and eggs in a glass quart jar. Pour the vinegar mixture over the eggs, secure the lid, gently rotate to move the shallots around, and refrigerate for up to ten days - two weeks.

Makes six eggs.

*Place the eggs in a pot and cover with cold water by half an inch or so. Bring to a gentle boil, then turn off the heat and cover. Let the pot sit for ten minutes. In the meantime, prepare a large bowl of ice water. When the eggs are done cooking, use a slotted spoon to place them into the ice bath. When the eggs are cool, remove them and crack and peel.

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
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After 10 days waiting, I got to try these beautiful looking pickled eggs. Had them, sliced, on a toasted everything bagel. I'm blown away, they are fantastic. For easy peeling, I cooked the eggs in the Instant Pot. Will definitely do again.


I’ve only just discovered you. I’m so inspired I want to change my whole way of cooking and diet. Where do I start? I live in Spain so finding most of the items you use is very difficult if not impossible. I too suffer from inflammation but in my hip. This started my journey with turmeric. I currently take turmeric supplements but hate the amount and size of the capsules. I’m buying a jar today to make your pickled eggs and a turmeric cuppa as soon as my 16 hour fast ends. Thank you. Vicky


    Hi Vicki - welcome! The foundation of the cooking here is seasonal, whole foods. In many cases you can absolutely substitute ingredients that are local to you. Have fun with it! -Heidi

    Heidi Swanson

I've found the turmeric always settles to the bottom of the jar. But, in the photo your turmeric looks suspended in the liquid. Are you just agitating it frequently?

Eric Anderson

    I'm not sure if there's anything too it, but I've found some turmeric settles on a different timeline than others (the grind?)...anyway, sometimes I'll just flip the jar (I do it with nut butter and tahini too).

    Heidi Swanson

These are delicious!


Simple, Beautiful and Delicious! Can't stop drooling over these. I keep telling Mommy to please make me some.


After how many days do you find that they are best to eat? I just jarred them yesterday, so am just wondering if I should wait a few more days.

Josh O.

    Go for it...they're good pretty much straight out of the gate.

    Heidi Swanson

These are so pretty, Heidi! Great way to get in your turmeric, too!

Erica Lea | Buttered Side Up

Hi! What did you finish these with? Scallions and pickled onion?


    Hi Ben - yes! you can top them with whatever you like. These were topped with sliced scallions, and shallots I let sit in a bit of champagne vinegar few minutes...

    Heidi Swanson

These look so great. I feel that they would make an excellent party appetizer.


These are beautiful and I look forward to making them this weekend. How long do they have to be in the vinegar mixture before they are pickled and ready to eat? and thanks, Heidi, for the videos. I've been loving them!


If you want pink eggs you could use grated raw beets instead of tumeric. since beets are naturally sweet you can also eliminate the sugar.


I love making turmeric and dill pickled eggs, I usually boil the eggs in the turmeric vinegar for a couple minutes before I put them in the fridge


Just made these and hubby and I loved them! I have a co-worker who is on a no-sugar kick. Do you have a sense of what omitting it would do to the flavor?


Hi Heidi, Do you think you could use this pickle for a second or third batch of eggs? Is there any reason why not? Also would like to do a version of this using beet juice instead of turmeric to make pink pickled eggs! What do you reckon? Thanks for all your knowledge and creativity - you're awesome!

HS: Hi Ruth - there are varying opinions about reuse, but I tend to play it safe and start fresh.

Ruth Stephens

I came across a reference to red lentil soup on your site. It is something I'll have to make. Then I started looking and these eggs look great. I'd like to get your emails but I don't see a way to sign up.


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