Pikliz (Haitian Pickled Cabbage)

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Pikliz / Haitian Pickled Cabbage

Tangy, fresh Pikliz is the perfect compliment to rich, salty, or spicy meals. Mild cabbage and carrot are marinated in vinegar and lime juice and brought to life with garlic, onion, peppers, and spices. As with most cuisines throughout the world, the key is balance and contrast- and the flavors in Haitian Pikliz provide just that to all kinds of dishes.


  • 2 cups shredded cabbage, sliced thinly
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 cup green, orange, and red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 6 scotch bonnet peppers, sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12-14 peppercorns, whole
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 4 cloves, whole


  1. Combine all ingredients except for the vinegar in a large bowl and mix very well.
  2. Scoop mixture into a large glass bottle or jar. Pour in enough vinegar to completely cover everything. Seal and place in the refrigerator to marinate for about five days.
  3. Serve as a side to meat (goes great with Griot!)


  • You can eat the Pikliz right away, but it’s better if you wait a full five days and allow the flavors to meld.
Adapted from Caribbean Pot