Japanese-style pickles

  • Rating: 5 stars
  • Takes: 5 mins + 6hrs marinating time (overnight)
  • Serves: Makes 1 x 380g jar of pickles


  • ½ cucumber, deseeded and cut into 5cm long batons
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced lengthways
  • 200ml (⅓ pint) rice wine vinegar
  • 50g (2oz) caster sugar
  • pinch salt

Each serving contains 24 calories, 5.6g sugar, 0.1g fat, 0g saturates and 0.2g salt.


In a small pan heat together the rice wine vinegar, sugar and pinch salt until the sugar has melted.

Arrange the prepared vegetables in a clean 380ml / ¾ lb preserving jar and pour over the hot pickling liquid. Put on the lid and leave to cool, then refrigerate. The pickles can be eaten the next day.