Vietnamese Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots

Vietnamese Quick Pickled Carrots

Vietnamese Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots. Add a tangy and refreshing twist to your dishes with these easy-to-make pickled carrots. Made with just 4 simple ingredients, these vegan pickled carrots are a great topping for lettuce wraps, banh mi, charcuterie boards, and more. Perfect for adding a traditional touch to any dish, these pickled carrots are a must-try for any pickle lover.

These vegan Vietnamese pickled carrots are the perfect traditional topping for banh mi. But they are not only for Vietnamese sandwiches!

What do you eat with Vietnamese Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots?

You might be wondering “what do you eat pickled carrots with?” These quick pickled carrots are perfect for:

  • Lettuce wraps
  • Summer rolls
  • Salads
  • Vegan burgers or sausages
  • Charcuterie boards
  • Snack platters
  • Tacos
  • And more!
Vietnamese Quick Pickled Carrots

How to make Vietnamese Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots

First, make sure to peel the carrots. The peel has a bitter flavor that isn’t ideal for this recipe.

Next cut the carrots into matchsticks.

How do you cut food into matchsticks?

Cut the item into thin even strips, similar to the size and shape of matchsticks. Julienne or Julienning is another term for cutting food into matchsticks.

The most important step when making these Vietnamese Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots is to massage them for a full 5 minutes. Add the carrots to a medium mixing bowl with ½ tsp salt and 1 tbsp organic sugar. Set a timer. When massaging carrots, 1 full minute can feel like 5! These carrots need a little love before they’re ready to eat.

After they’ve been massaged there should be some orange liquid at the bottom of the bowl. This is completely normal and will be rinsed off in the next step.

Thoroughly rinse your massaged carrots in cold water. Again, some orange coloring from the carrots will rinse off, which is totally normal.

Make your brine by combining the warm water, distilled vinegar, and the rest of the organic sugar. Using organic sugar is essential if you want this recipe to be fully vegan.

Once the sugar has dissolved into the pickling brine, add the carrots and the brine to a pint-sized mason jar and seal.

Vietnamese Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots can be ready in as little as an hour, but the full flavor comes out over time. After 24 hours these delicious vegan pickled carrots are at their best and ready to serve on top of all your favorite dishes!

Do you have to cook carrots for quick pickling?

In this Vietnamese Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots recipe, the carrots are not cooked. Massaging them with sugar and salt softens the texture of the carrots making them ready for consumption. They also soften slightly in the warm brine when mixed together in the mason jar.

Vietnamese pickles for banh mi are often made with 50% carrot and 50% daikon. This recipe can be made with 150grams of carrot and 150grams of daikon if you wish.

What is daikon?

Daikon is a mild-flavored winter radish. It has a crispy texture and resembles a large white carrot.

How long does it take to make Quick and Easy Vietnamese Pickled Carrots?

Quick and effortless, these Vietnamese Pickled Carrots can be whipped up in a mere 15 minutes. But don’t let the quick prep time fool you, these pickles pack a punch of flavor. For optimal taste, let the carrots marinate for at least 30 minutes, or even better, overnight in the refrigerator. This allows the flavors to fully meld together and for the carrots to soften to perfection.

In conclusion to make these delicious pickled carrots, start by peeling and cutting them into matchsticks. Then, toss them with sugar and salt to soften the texture. These carrots don’t require cooking, and the warm brine mixture in the mason jar will do the rest. Mix in some grated daikon for a unique twist on the traditional recipe. Get ready to elevate your taste buds with these easy and addictive pickled carrots

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Vietnamese Quick Pickled Carrots

Just 4 ingredients to make these delicious pickled carrots. These make the perfect topping for lettuce wraps, banh mi, and all your favourite dishes! They also make a delicious addition to any charcuterie or snack board.
Prep Time10 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Topping, Vegan Basics
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Vietnamese
Keyword: bahn mi pickled carrots, banh mi carrots, best pickled carrots, carrot pickle brine, diy, pickled carrots, pickling, quick pickled carrots, quick pickled veg, vietnamese pickled carrots
Servings: 1 jar

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp organic sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 250-300 grams carrots
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup distilled vinegar

Instructions

  • First, peel the carrots.
  • Cut the carrots into matchsticks. (Julienne)
  • Add carrots into a medium sized mixing bowl, and add 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tbsp organic sugar.
  • Massage the salt and sugar into the carrots for 5 minutes total. The carrots should become flexible and will not bend when snapped.
  • Next, add the carrots into a stainer and rinse thoroughly with cold water. It is normal for some orange colouring from the carrots to rinse off during this process.
  • In a medium mixing bowl add 1 cup of warm water, 1/4 cup organic sugar, and 1 cup distilled vinegar.
  • Mix well until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Add the carrots to a pint sized mason jar and cover completely with the pickling brine.
  • Allow the carrots to marinate in the brine for at least 1 hour before serving. The flavour will intensify over time, and is best after 24 hours.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

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Notes

These vegan Vietnamese pickled carrots are the perfect traditional topping for banh mi. But they are not only for Vietnamese sandwiches! You might be wondering “what do you eat pickled carrots with?” These quick pickled carrots are perfect for:
  • Lettuce wraps
  • Summer rolls
  • Salads
  • Vegan burgers or sausages
  • Charcuterie boards
  • Snack platters
  • Tacos
  • And more!
How to make quick pickled carrots
  • First, make sure to peel the carrots. The peel has a bitter flavour that isn’t ideal for this recipe.
  • Next cut the carrots into matchsticks.
  • How do you cut food into matchsticks? Cut the item into thin even strips, similar to the size and shape of matchsticks. Julienne or Julienning is another term for cutting food into matchsticks.
  • The most important step when making these pickled carrots is to massage them for a full 5 minutes. Add the carrots to a medium mixing bowl with ½ tsp of salt and 1 tbsp organic sugar. Set a timer. When massaging carrots, 1 full minute can feel like 5! These carrots need a little love before they’re ready to eat.
  • After they’ve been massaged there should be some orange liquid at the bottom of the bowl. This is completely normal, and will be rinsed off in the next step.
  • Thoroughly rinse your massaged carrots in cold water. Again, some orange colouring from the carrots will rinse off and this is totally normal.
  • Make your brine by combining the warm water, distilled vinegar and the rest of the organic sugar. Using organic sugar is important if you want this recipe to be fully vegan.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved into the pickling brine, add the carrots and the brine to a pint sized mason jar and seal.
  • Quick pickled carrots can be ready in as little as an hour, but the full flavour comes out over time. After 24 hours these delicious vegan pickled carrots are at their best and ready to serve on top of all your favourite dishes!
Do you have to cook carrots for quick pickling?
In this recipe, the carrots are not cooked. Massaging them with sugar and salt softens the texture of the carrots making them ready for consumption. They also soften slightly in the warm brine when mixed together in the mason jar.
Vietnamese pickles for banh mi are often made with 50% carrot, and 50% daikon. This recipe can be made with 150grams of carrot and 150grams of daikon if you wish.
What is daikon?
Daikon is a mild flavoured winter radish. It has a crispy texture, and resembles a large white carrot.
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2 thoughts on “Vietnamese Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots

  1. Jenn says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing super easy to follow and turned out great! I got a lot of compliments on these pickled carrots!! 🥕 😍

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Thank you SO much for trying out my recipe! So happy it was easy to follow and your family and friends loved it as well 🥰

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