Quick-Pickled Asparagus With Tarragon and Shallot Recipe

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This simple quick-pickle recipe is made by soaking asparagus in a hot brine made from white wine vinegar, water, sugar, and salt, infused with the French flavors of tarragon and shallot.


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Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Makes: 1 quart

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  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) kosher salt
  • 1 (3/4-ounce) bunch tarragon
  • 1 large shallot, thickly sliced
  • 1 pound (450g) asparagus, woody ends trimmed


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring, until solids are dissolved. Remove from heat and add tarragon and shallot. Let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, arrange asparagus in an even layer in a baking dish. Pour brine on top. Press paper towels against surface to submerge asparagus and let stand until cooled. Transfer asparagus and brine to a large sealed container and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

Special equipment

Baking dish


This recipe can easily be tweaked to suit your tastes. Add more or less sugar, salt, or water to the brine if you prefer a stronger or milder pickle.

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