Easy Pickled Apples

Total Time

Prep/Cook Time: 15 min. + chilling


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
These easy pickled apples are perfect alongside a pork entree or salad, or with a charcuterie cheese board. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Easy Pickled Apples Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound medium apples, cored (2 apples)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 to 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns


  1. With a mandoline or vegetable peeler, cut apples into very thin slices. Place apples in a 1-quart jar. In a large saucepan, bring remaining ingredients to a boil. Carefully ladle hot liquid over apples. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Pickled Apples Tips

How else can you cut the apples?

These apples mimic a slaw texture after pickling. Thin sticks or fairly thin wedges could work—experimentation is key! Keep in mind that too-large pieces might give you an unusual crisp bite.

How can you serve pickled apples?

So many ways! Serve your pickled apples with a sheet-pan pork supper, as a side with homemade sauerkraut and sausage or as an addition to a fruit and cheese board.

How long will pickled apples last?

Store these quick pickled apples in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Good luck not eating them all before then!

Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 36 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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