Broccoli pickles

Brokoli pikeul 브로콜리 피클, 브로콜리 장아찌

Broccoli isn’t a traditional Korean vegetable, so this is something that I invented. I hope you like it!

In this video, I am demonstrating how to arrange broccoli and 2 other side dishes that I have already posted on my website in Korean lunch box called Doshiraak (도시락). This is going to be good chance for you to review some Korean recipes and also to give you an idea of making your own lunch in a lunch box.


Check my recipes for the 2 other side dishes: rolled egg omelette and dried anchovy side dish, and make your own dosirak. Enjoy my recipe!!


1 bunch of broccoli (about 700 grams), salt, sugar, vinegar, and water



  1. Make pickle juice first:
    Put 5 cups of water, ¼ cup of salt, ¼ cup of sugar, and ½ cup of vinegar into a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Separate the florets from the stems with a knife and cut them into bite sized pieces by cutting lengthwise into halves or quarters.
  3. Remove the tough bottom ends of the stems, and skin off the rough parts. Then cut them into bite sized pieces.
  4. Rinse and drain the broccoli florets and stems and put them into a strainer over a large bowl.
  5. When the pickle juice boils, pour it over the broccoli little by little to blanch. The hot boiling juice will go through the strainer and gather in the bowl under the strainer.
  6. Immerse the blanched broccoli into icy cold water to keep its bright green color. Strain it.
  7. Put the broccoli into a glass jar and wait until the pickle juice cools down.
  8. After the juice cools, pour it into the jar and close the lid.
  9. Store it in the refrigerator.




  1. artichoke78 joined 7/15
    Posted August 11th, 2015 at 4:20 pm | # |

    Hi, how long can these broccoli pickles last in the refrigerator?

  2. Misstongshil Wash., D.C. Metro area joined 8/11
    Posted August 14th, 2011 at 7:00 pm | # |

    oo~~ just whipped up my first batch of this stuff! teehee, let’s see how it turns on in the AM!

    me, to Umma: banchan da dwetssumnida~
    Umma: eeenghh? mon banchan?


  3. ensmith2132 Pirmasens, Germany joined 8/12
    Posted September 14th, 2012 at 8:30 am | # |

    What Kind of Rice did you make for this doshirak?

  4. July USA joined 5/16
    Posted May 28th, 2016 at 11:33 pm | # |

    It must really depend on what kind of salt and sugar one uses because using just regular sea salt, I made mine way too salty following the recipe. I also used raw sugar and they also turned out much less sweet than I expected. But the crunch is wonderful, more than enough to want to keep the recipe! Next time I’ll just tweak the salt and sugar amounts by a little to adjust them to my taste. I pickled broccolli and cauliflower together, yum!

  5. t0nym3r Philippines joined 8/13
    Posted August 17th, 2015 at 12:02 am | # |

    hi Maangchi, I made this pickled broccoli of yours and as usual it tastes very delicious. Can’t get enough of it and I was wondering can I reuse the pickle brine solution to make another batch of pickled broccoli instead of making a new one?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 17th, 2015 at 9:47 am | # |

      I’m glad you like the recipe. I don’t reuse the brine. Fresh brine with fresh ingredients is better.

  6. Dianaluvsnyc NY, New York joined 9/10
    Posted April 6th, 2013 at 1:06 am | # |

    how super yummy and healthy. i hope to run into you one day at Bryant park. i’m a big fan :) i was just there a few ago with my daughter playing ping pong. great lunch box recipe. thanks!

  7. classicdriver Texas joined 2/13
    Posted February 20th, 2013 at 5:51 pm | # |

    Thanks for helping me use up my broccoli, Maanghci. I so like your Korean recipes.
    I make a variation of this pickle brine with garlic, onion and peppercorns but with less salt. You can pickle many veggies this way especially cucumber. You can also use carrot, cauliflower, ripe tomato, asparagus, bell peppers use your imagination. I used to keep the brine going and continually add veggies as the old ones are eaten. Add a ‘little’ more vinegar when the flavor seems weak.

  8. cameron87 Ottawa joined 10/09
    Posted May 19th, 2012 at 4:03 pm | # |

    These look lovely and bright green in my fridge! Who cares if they’re not authentic, they’re delicious! Do you have any other suggestions for vegetables that could be pickled sort of like this?

  9. hyde United States joined 2/12
    Posted March 11th, 2012 at 2:34 pm | # |

    These are really really really salty! I was surprised … next time I’ll use less salt. Until then, I guess I’ll just eat them with a lot of rice!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 11th, 2012 at 7:17 pm | # |

      good, you can adjust the amount of salt to your taste.

  10. bikelady joined 3/09
    Posted July 6th, 2011 at 12:58 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi uhnni! Long time fan and first time commentator :) I’m a Korean American with a tight budget and ever since I learned this broccoli pickle from you, I’ve been making it to substitute kimchi(too expensive to buy & too many ingredients to make). My question is this; do you think the same recipe can work with cauliflower?? Thank you for your wonderful work as a Korean cuisine ambassador!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 6th, 2011 at 10:00 am | # |

      Thank you! yes, cauliflower sounds great to me!

  11. kabuki11105 Brooklyn, NY joined 3/11
    Posted March 17th, 2011 at 1:37 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!!!

    Quick question about your broccoli recipe: my sister and I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the broccoli that is often served as side dishes in Korean restaurants. Are your broccoli pickles similar to the restaurant broccoli? (I don’t think that broccoli is pickled.) If not, can you come up with a recipe for that broccoli???

    New to your website… read about you in the Daily News. Congratulations on your success!!!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 17th, 2011 at 10:07 pm | # |

      Welcome to my website and thank you for your interest in my recipes! The broccoli dish you had in a Korean restaurant sounds like it was steamed and seasoned. After steaming it, add salt, minced garlic,sesame oil, and mix it together.

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