Spicy, Crunchy Pickled Green Beans with Lemon

Spicy, Crunchy Pickled Green Beans with Lemon Recipe
Annabelle Breakey
Kombu, a kind of kelp, gives this pickle a certain velvety umami character, especially when it's allowed to sit for a few days. The pickle also gets spicier with time.


Makes 8 cups
Total time: 45 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 5.4
Caloriesfromfat 6 %
Protein 0.2 g
Fat 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 1.3 g
Fiber 0.4 g
Sodium 73 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg


1 pound very fresh green beans, stem ends trimmed
2 cups rice vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 small dried red chiles, such as Thai or arbol
1 teaspoon pink peppercorns
3-in.-long piece kombu (dried kelp)*
1 lemon, ends removed, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/3-in.-thick slices, seeds removed


1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and blanch green beans until tender-crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and put in a large heatproof bowl.

2. Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil in another medium pot with vinegar, sugar, salt, chiles, peppercorns, and kombu. As soon as liquid boils, pour over beans and add lemon. Let cool to room temperature. Slit 3 of the chiles to let seeds spill into liquid. Chill, covered, overnight to let flavors develop. Serve cold. Keeps, chilled, up to 1 week.

*Find in grocery stores' Asian foods aisle.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1/4-cup serving.

July 2011
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