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), kosher salt, sugar, vinegar, and water



  1. Make pickle juice first:
    Put 5 cups of water, ¼ cup of kosher 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. David& has 2 comments

    I just made the pickled broccoli but I added some hot pepper flakes and some garlic since I like my food spicy. I am going to make this every week. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes! -David

  2. Hi Maangchi!

    How big is your jar? I’m planning to go to Ikea tomorrow so I wanted to buy the correct size. The jar you use to store oijangii is bigger right?

  3. ariel& has 1 comment

    hi maangchi, i really love to watching your video receipes. you show the very clear ways and make me really easy to follow:) and right now i am so in love with korean food thank you :)

  4. 오늘 broccoli 장아찌를 담그었는데 장아찌 국물이 굉장히 짜던데 제대로 한 건가요. 레시피에 있는데로 따라 했는데 뭐가 잘못된 건지 걱정이 되서요

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,077 comments

      Was it too salty for you? If so, use less salt (2 tbs?) when you make it later. I will make it soon and if the measurement is wrong, I will correct it and let you know through this comment section.

  5. tata& has 1 comment

    I’m a big fan of Korean foods though i study in Japan. I found a clip of Korean pancake by you on youtube by chance then i came here.
    it’s great indeed.
    broccoli really looks so green when being pickled that way ^^ also, your lunch box looks good and absolutely tastes good i think :)
    Despite of my bad cooking skills…actually i usually taste instant or ready-made foods -.- I’ll try making some lunch boxes when the school starts in this coming October.
    Thanks for your tips.
    영상을 잘 봤습니다. 그리고 감사합니다

  6. Joanne& has 1 comment

    I found your website through another food blog. I love that you have recipes for everyday Korean dishes.

    Can I substitute cucumber for broccoli for Korean-style pickle (오이지)?

  7. Hi, I was wondering if there is any suitable recipes that are quick and easy to make.Can you give me some suggestions?
    ( I want to pack into a lunchbox for school. )

  8. Sebastian& has 4 comments

    hi maangchi!greeting from indonesia here! i love your video very much and tried some of the dishes. i’ve made the broccoli pickles few days ago, but how long can it be stored?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,077 comments

      at least it will be ok up to 2 weeks. My broccoli pickle in my refrigerator is 2 weeks old. : )

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,077 comments

      Don’t worry! next time make it again and don’t throw it away. By time passes, the color of any pickles will turn into olive green. Last night I made stir-fried rice and used the broccoli pickles along with chopped kimchi, shrimp, mushrooms, green onions,and chopped mustard green. It was very delicious. I will post the photo soon and twitter it. Check it out this evening to see the stir-fried rice that I made last night. ok, here is the photo:

  9. Hi i love all your videos and i love korean food i’m actually going to make this today you make everything look so easy. i love the lunch box recipies keep making them. your the best! :)

  10. Tracey from Ohio& has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi,

    I just happened to stumble upon your website through Youtube (and glad I did) and really enjoyed watching you cooking videos. Sooo easy to follow. I wanted to make bulgogi however you said to use grill. Is there a special technigue to cook them on the grill without the pieces falling through the grill? Would you get the same effect if you used a frying pan? Thank you.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,077 comments

      I usually put tin foil over the grill and poke some holes with fork or metal chopstick in the tin foil to keep the meat from falling through.

  11. Maangchi! I love your video’s! I’ve already made a few of them and they’re so delicious! I was wondering if you know of any websites I can get a jar like to one you used to make the broccoli pickles. I’ve searched all the Korean and Japanese stores in my area and can’t find anything even close. Besides the pickles, I want to make Umeshu and a tall jar like yours would be perfect!

  12. noyen fr.the philippines& has 1 comment

    hi!maangchi,your recipe helps me a lot coz I married a korean guy and residing here in korea,I always cook most of your recipe’s and my husband love’s it so well,THANKS FOR YOUR RECIPE’S.

  13. Michelle& has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi! Those look really good! I was wondering, a friend (Korean) of mine used to make these great pickled carrots but she moved back to Seoul before I could ask her how to make them! : ( Could this pickling method be applied to carrots, too?

  14. 역시 음식은 한국사람 ! ^_^

    역시 음식은 한국사람이 잘만들어 ^_^
    어떻게 우리 엄마가 하시는 음식보다 맛있게, 잘 만드시네요 ^)^
    잘 보았습니다 ^_^

  15. Your secret Facebook friend :)& has 2 comments

    The best lunch box ever!! The healthiest too! Thanks, Maangchi uhn-nee!

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