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Easy Pickled Green Tomatoes - How to Pickle Green Tomatoes in the Refrigerator

These Easy Pickled Green Tomatoes are a a simple and delicious recipe that make the perfect healthy and refreshing afternoon snack!

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Remember that time I went on a ten day cruise through the Panama Canal?  Yeh, me too.  It was aweeeeesome.  Well.  While on that cruise, we ate at the Bayou Cafe several times.  It was a New Orleans themed restaurant on our ship.  Legit the best steak I've ever had.  Ever, ever.  It also inspired my Chocolate Overload Cake.  You guys.  I still dream about this restaurant.  Anywhoooo - they also had the most delicious fried green tomatoes with remoulade. So. Freaking. Good.  

This post however, is not about Fried Green Tomatoes.  It's about Pickled Green Tomatoes.  Because after the cruise I started Weight Watchers.  Hah - that's how good the food was!  But I really wanted to make something with green tomatoes and around here it was the perfect time to get green tomatoes at the market.  

Princess Coral Cruise Ship The Love Boat Disco Deck Party

Princess Coral Cruise Ship The Love Boat Disco Deck Party

Ahhhhh, look at us all tanned and relaxed and in loooooove following a fun day in Aruba.  Nothing like going on your honeymoon fourteen years after the fact! 

Earlier that night we enjoyed our first amazing meal at the Bayou Cafe on the Coral Princess.  Thank you times infinity to Princess Cruises for hosting us!  I cannot recommend them enough if you're thinking about booking your own cruise!

green tomato pickles

Fast forward a few weeks and I've been stewing on this a while.  It's my gal pal Stacy's birthday and we hit a tapas place off I-drive in Orlando.  The food was decent, the company was better.  But you guyssssss, they served pickled green tomatoes as a garnish on one of the plates.  

*light bulb* 

how to pickle green tomatoes

pickled green tomatoes recipe

The very next day I started working on my pickled green tomatoes recipe.  I knew I wanted it to be easy, none of that fancy canning stuff.  And I knew I wanted it to be a touch garlicky (shout out to the remoulade at Bayou Cafe!).  It took a couple jars to get there, but y'all I think we nailed it.  I can say y'all now because we just pickled green tomatoes.  

P.S.  You could totally use cherry tomatoes too!  I grew cherry tomatoes once. Yummmmm!

pickled green cherry tomatoes

pickled green tomato recipe

recipe for pickled green tomatoes

I made mine on the super garlicky side.  Read = so much garlic it burns your tongue a little.  This is fine if 1. you're going to eat them all within about 24 hours (I did), or 2. you're warding off vampires (legit concern in the bayou, I believe).  

If you're not overly worried about shimmering preteens that are actually really old and have a penchant for blood, I strongly suggest starting with very little garlic. Unlike cucumbers, which take some effort to infuse flavor into, tomatoes soak it allllllll up.  And if you don't like garlic?  Just skip it!

How do I pickle tomatoes?

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Easy Pickled Green Tomatoes, Ingredients:

  • brine:
    • 1 cup white vinegar 
    • 3 cups filtered water
    • 2 tablespoons salt (not iodized)
  • green tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • garlic, sliced (to taste)

Easy Pickled Green Tomatoes, Directions: 

  1. Add vinegar, water, and salt to a microwave safe dish and stir.  If salt does not dissolve completely, microwave and stir in 30 second increments until it does. 
  2. Place sliced garlic - I suggest starting with no more than half a clove per 24 ounce jar - and tomatoes into jars.  (These are my very favorite jars!).
  3. Pour brine over tomatoes, and tap gently on the table to bring bubbles to the surface.  Add more brine if need be.  
  4. Cover and shake gently, refrigerate overnight.
  5. Enjoy!

Want to get totally crazy?  Use our Easy Pickled Green Tomatoes recipe along with our Fried Pickles Recipe to make your own bayou style Fried Green Pickled Tomatoes!!!

pickle green tomatoes

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