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Jalapeno Pickled Quail Eggs

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Jalapeno pickled quail eggs are the snack you didn’t know you need. The cute little bites have just enough spice and plenty of protein, plus they are pretty simple to make.

small leaf shaped bowl filled with pickled quail eggs and slices of jalapeno with small pickle fork in the background.

These pickled quail eggs have a bit of tang, just enough salt and really great flavor. It is kind of like eating a little spiced deviled egg in a form that is much easier to make ahead of time and enjoy when you are ready.

I’ll be honest, pickled eggs have never really been on my radar of things I would like to eat. There is nothing about the name or the concept that sounds appealing.

spices, a jalapeno pepper and a couple of cartons of quail eggs ready to be made into pickled eggs.

My parents have quite the flock of chickens and quail, so we find ourselves with more fresh eggs than we know what to do with sometimes. My mom made some pickled eggs last year and they were fun to try.

But committing to eat a while pickled chicken egg can feel like a lot. So I decided it would be fun to make a quail egg version.

Each little egg only takes a bite or two. So it feels more like a snack and less of a undertaking.

Tips for Hard Boiling and Peeling Quail Eggs

As you might imagine, boiling quail eggs doesn’t take very long. Boil them for five minutes before draining the hot water and replacing it with ice cold water.

The hardest part about making the deviled eggs is peeling them. The quail eggs have harder shells and tougher membranes than chicken eggs.

To combat that, add a little bit of vinegar to the water before you boil them. That softens the shells a bit and makes peeling them off the egg easier.

pouring vinegar brining liquid over jar of quail eggs and sliced jalapenos.

Once the eggs are cooled, give them a quick crack on the counter. Then roll the egg between your hand and the counter applying gentle pressure to further crack the egg.

Peel the shell and membrane away from the egg, then rinse the egg in water to get any remaining shell off. That’s it, plop the eggs in a jar and they are ready to be pickled!

Flavoring Your Pickled Eggs

I kept the brine for these eggs relatively simple and straight forward. Garlic and mustard seem like standard pickle flavors, so they are in there.

Of course salt and vinegar are a must too. I added some sliced Jalapeno for a bit of spice.

You can easily adjust the flavors to match your needs. Add some cayenne, or jalapeno salt if you want even more heat and a bit of red color.

Hand holding small pickled quail egg.

You can also use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar if that is your preference. Some people even add whole cloves or allspice to their pickling liquid, so toss some in if you like them.

Because quail eggs are so small, the wait between adding the brine and enjoying the eggs is shorter than chicken eggs. You can start to enjoy them anywhere from 24 hours to 36 hours later.

Storing Pickled Eggs

Pickled eggs should be stored in a glass container if possible. They should never be stored in a metal container as the acidity in the brining liquid can react with the container.

Glass pint jar filled with quail eggs, sliced jalapeno pepper and vinegar pickling liquid.

If stored in an airtight container, pickled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. Because these eggs are not pressure canned, they should not be stored at room temperature or frozen.

More Quail Egg Ideas

If you have a supply of quail eggs, you may want to check out some of the following recipes. Or check out my post filled with tips and tricks for enjoying quail eggs.

Deviled quail eggs are a fun miniature version of classic deviled eggs. They are a one bite appetizer that is cute as can be.

Jar of pickled quail eggs with sliced jalapenos ready to eat.

Or try making avocado and quail egg crostini. It is like an avocado toast hors d’oeuvres or brunch treat.

We also like topping ham and cheese crostini with a quail egg. That is one of our all time favorite snacks and we have them for lunch on the weekend frequently.

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small leaf shaped bowl filled with pickled quail eggs and slices of jalapeno with small pickle fork in the background.

Jalapeno Pickled Quail Eggs

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
Jalapeno pickled quail eggs are the snack you didn't know you need. The cute little bites have just enough spice and plenty of protein, plus they are pretty simple to make.
4.89 from 17 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes


  • 24 quail eggs
  • cups vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 jalapeno


  • Boil quail eggs in water with some vinegar added for 5 minutes. Drain the water and then put the eggs in ice water.
    24 quail eggs
  • While the eggs cool, bring vinegar and seasonings to a boil. Turn off heat and allow to cool while you peel the eggs.
    1½ cups vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 bay leaf
  • Peel the eggs and place in a pint sized jar, layering with slices of jalapeno.
    1 jalapeno
  • Pour the bringing liquid over the eggs. Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 32kcalProtein: 2gFat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 549mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 8th of June 2024

Hello Carlee. How long will the pickled eggs last? Thanks


Sunday 9th of June 2024

They can be kept for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.


Monday 11th of December 2023

Would have been nice if the article had clear step by step directions and actual recipe. Wasn't helpful :(


Monday 11th of December 2023

Jim, there is a printable recipe card in the post with step by step directions and a list of ingredients. You can click jump to recipe at the top of the article to get right there if that is helpful.

Amy (Savory Moments)

Friday 25th of March 2022

Quail eggs are the cutest! These sound delicious with the addition of jalapeno!

Andrea Nine

Friday 18th of March 2022

Oh these have me so intrigued. Fun!


Friday 18th of March 2022

I know, pickled eggs sound so strange so we were hesitant to try them the first time. But we really like them and it's a great way to use up some extra eggs.


Friday 18th of March 2022

This is a wonderful idea, and they look yum too! xoxo Lovely


Friday 18th of March 2022

Thank you!