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A quick and simple recipe, Perfectly Pickled Asparagus are so versatile, they’re a must to keep in your refrigerator! 


You know the ones. They always seem to have some homemade goodies tucked away in their immaculate refrigerators to serve at a moment’s notice.  If so, then this is a great recipe to start with.  

You’ll be ready to throw something fabulous together to serve when guests are coming for cocktails before a show.  Or maybe you’ll use them on individual antipasto plates as an appetizer the next time you serve lasagna.

If you’ve got these little jewels tucked away, here’s a few more ways you can use Perfect Pickled Asparagus:

  • cocktail garnish for your bloody mary’s and herbal based shrubs
  • as a great addition to your charcuterie boards
  • a vital component of any antipasto platter
  • adding to spring and summer salads
  • pair with Pickled Shrimp for a delicious appetizer plate
  • eating straight out of the jar for a snack


how to pickle everything guide


pickled plums in small jar with fresh plums

If you want to learn everything there is to know about pickling just about anything, then you’re going to need to read this post!

Learn how to pickle so many things into tasty nibbles like:

  • Fruits – Cherries, peaches, plums, watermelon and more
  • Fresh vegetables – cauliflower, green beans, okra, radishes and more
  • Corned Beef and Pickled Pork recipes
  • Pickled Seafood – Shrimp, mussels and scallops 


Plus I’ve created a valuable resource to use for pickling anything you can get your hands on!  It’s my How to Pickle Everything Guide PDF, chock full of instructions, tips and recipes!  Quick Pickled Vegetables are the best part of Summer!

Click here to read: How to Pickle Everything Guide – Recipes, Instructions & PDF   


PERFECTLY PICKLED ASPARAGUS – Dare I say a “perfect” addition to the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart? 

bloody mary mix ingredientsH.H. and I enjoy these easy refrigerator pickled asparagus as a before-dinner snack with some brie and crackers. 

But, I especially love to use them as a garnish in my Big Batch Bloody Mary’s that I serve by the pitcher.

It’s a real crowd pleaser, no matter the guest list.

If you’re a hostess that likes to have a fabulous time at your own parties, then you probably need this recipe!

You can check it out by clicking this link:  Big Batch Bloody Mary Mix Recipe and Cocktail Garnishes For Entertaining A Crowd



And I bet you’re getting in the mood for a cocktail from reading these posts,  if so you’ll want to pop over to my comprehensive articles on:

 How to Stock the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart – Part One

How to Stock the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart – Part Two

The two part series is chock full of fabulous cocktail recipes, garnish recipes and ideas. 

ultimate holiday bar cart guide

Plus I’ve created a totally cool (and B-E-A-utiful)  four-page printable Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart Guide to make sure you know exactly what to buy at the store!



I find this recipe for Perfectly Pickled Asparagus is something I can toss together while I’m making dinner, even on a weeknight.


pickled asparagus

That’s especially helpful when the winter holidays come around and we can go through several batches in 6-8 weeks time.  I always have a few jars waiting to be used as a cocktail garnish or appetizer when serving drinks during November and December.



  • Pint mason jars are the right height to produce perfectly sized cocktail garnishes
  • I use plastic canning screw-lids for refrigerator pickles since they’re not processed in a hot-water bath
  • Be careful how much garlic you use in your recipe, heads of garlic do vary in intensity
  • Use a butter knife to ease the sprigs of fresh dill into the jars between the glass sides and asparagus for a pretty presentation.  (These make a wonderful hostess gift when “wrapped” with a ribbon and hang tag.
  • Pickled asparagus will last in your refrigerator for up to 4 weeks (if they last that long!)
  • Don’t forget that they are a wonderful snack, right out of the jar.



If you’ve spent any time perusing Ingredients For A Fabulous Life, you know I don’t like to throw anything away.

I have a special section under the Foodietown main menu tab called “Leftover Magic” dedicated to using up the unused ingredients from my recipes.  IFAFL email subscribers won’t be wasting much with me visiting them in their inbox twice a week!

asparagus stemsSo, when you trim your asparagus to the perfect size for your jars, keep the stems gals!  ‘Cause I’ve got a delicious asparagus soup recipe that will use them up and make you feel all “frugal-like”. 

This is my favorite recipe for Asparagus Soup,  from Diana Johnson at Eating Richly

I’ve made this soup a number of times and always love the fact that we’ve eaten every bit of my favorite vegetable. Click this link for the recipe for Asparagus Soup:  WHAT TO DO WITH ASPARAGUS ENDS

I hope I’ve shown you how Perfectly Pickled Asparagus is fabulous for charcuterie, antipasto and as a cocktail garnish any time of the year.  Even the hubby, who will only eat asparagus if it’s roasted, and that’s a recent change, loves these sassy nibbles.



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I GIVE LOTS OF HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM MY KITCHEN!perfectly pickled asparagus hang tags

So I’ve created some fabulous Pickled Asparagus Hang Tags so you can give them to your friends and family too!

I’ve got a huge array of recipes that are perfect for gift giving. I’ll sharing them with you from time to time throughout the year too.

Plus, it’s wonderful to spend time in a toasty kitchen that time of year.  Especially if I light a fire and put on a great rom-com in the background. 

Now that’s the kind of Winter afternoon I look forward to each season.

Now you’ll be able to entertain with style and give them as thoughtful holiday gifts too.

How about topping the jars off with a square of gingham check or burlap fabric before adding your Perfectly Pickled Asparagus Hang Tag?

  • Just download the FREE PDF
  • Print, cut out and punch out a hole
  • Use some twine or ribbon to hang your gift tags
  • You’re in business


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pickled asparagus in a jar

Perfectly Pickled Asparagus

Yield: 4 pint mason jars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

An easy "refrigerator" pickle, these asparagus spears are so versatile they are a must in to keep in your refrigerator almost any time of year! Think cocktail garnish, or as a lovely addition to a charcuterie board or antipasto platter!


  • 3 lbs. fresh asparagus, medium thickness, ends trimmed
  • Bunch of fresh dill weed
  • 2 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 Tbs. Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs. dill seeds
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 3 Tbs. sugar


  1. Cut the asparagus to fit the length of your mason jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace from the top of jar. Pack the spears into the jars as tightly as possible, pointing the tips downward.
  2. Slide sprigs of dill down between the sides of the jar and the asparagus with a butter knife (if you do this carefully, it's a really pretty presentation)
  3. Place all brine ingredients into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for 3 minutes to meld the flavors.
  4. With a large ladle, pour the hot brine into the jars, making sure to get some of the spices into each jar. Leave a 1/4 inch headspace to the rim of the jar. Screw on the lids and leave on the counter, untouched until completely cooled.
  5. Refrigerate the pickled asparagus and let them cure for at least 7 days before using.
  6. Your pickled asparagus will last up to 4 weeks in your refrigerator.


When I'm just making a quick batch for party cocktail drinks, I'll halve the recipe and reduce the garlic to a single large clove.

Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 29Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 2g
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