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Pikliz (Haitian condiment)

In every Haitian kitchen, there is a pot of pikliz! Halfway between hot sauce and sauerkraut, this spicy condiment is served with fried food: the tangy and tangy pikliz bring freshness to stews and flavor to dishes. The pikliz can be marinated with vinegar or bitter orange juice, but the fermentation gives it even more flavor.

  • Level of difficulty: easy
  • Fermentation type: lactic
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Fermentation time: about a month



  • 1 glass jar of 500 ml or 2 of 250ml



  • ¼ cabbage (green, red, savoy)
  • 2 medium carrots
  • ¼ yellow or red onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 chilli scotch bonnet or habanero, hulled and seeded (or not)
  • the zest of half a lime
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 C. dried thyme
  • 2 beans of jamaica peppers
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 C. salt, or 2% of the total weight

You do not have all the ingredients? Improvise with what you have on hand by removing or adding spices, and tell anyone who will question you that what matters is the spice!


  1. Mince cabbage, carrots, onion, garlic and chilli very finely. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Add salt, zest and spices and mix well. Massage for several minutes, until the brine comes out of the vegetables, or let stand about fifteen minutes.
  3. Compress everything in a fermentation jar. Cover with a weight or a reserved cabbage leaf to keep the vegetables under the brine created by the vegetables.
  4. Close the jar while allowing the air to come out.
  5. Ferment it for three to six weeks, to taste. After the first opening, store in the refrigerator.

Can be stored 1 year in the refrigerator.

To be served with traditional Haitian dishes: griot (fried pork), tassot (fried pork) or fried plantains. Your pikliz will become inseparable from your stews, grilled vegetables, rice and legumes. To serve with any dish that needs a little personality!

Attention! The Scotch bonnet pepper is 140 times stronger than the jalapeño! To keep your sense of touch, put gloves on to cut and mix the pikliz. No Scotch bonnet on hand? The habanero pepper has a similar intensity (but you can choose any chili pepper because we do not have all the purpose in life to clean up the digestive system).

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