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. cameron87 Ottawa joined 10/09 & has 9 comments

    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?

  2. hyde United States joined 2/12 & has 8 comments

    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!

  3. Misstongshil Wash., D.C. Metro area joined 8/11 & has 3 comments

    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?


  4. bikelady joined 3/09 & has 2 comments

    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!

  5. kabuki11105 Brooklyn, NY joined 3/11 & has 1 comment

    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 & has 12,077 comments

      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.

  6. JasEsth Singapore joined 12/10 & has 2 comments

    Hey Maangchi,

    Just want to ask you, is it alright if my broccoli turns into olive colour like in just a few hours after making? Thanks so much. :)

  7. KillDeer Hamilton, Ontario joined 9/10 & has 33 comments

    My pickles are too salty! I know they are meant to be salty and I eat them with plain sticky rice but still too strong. I will try again sometime with a little less salt.

  8. ieuNate Love Brisbane joined 7/10 & has 9 comments

    Hi Maangchi,
    You really make my life more meaningful. I always love to cook and my favourite food has always been Korean. I could not find any Korean recipes before until i found you. I also watch you on YouTube and you are so lovely and very entertaining. I love watching your videos :)
    I also just downloaded your eBooks today. I love all of the food that you made on youTube and on your eBooks. I’m going to try all of them. :D I enjoy cooking more now.

    I’m going to make some broccoli pickle and cauliflower pickle soon.
    Is it okay if I put both together in one jar? and I don’t have any jars, is it okay if I keep them in a large plastic container?

    Thank you Maangchi. <3 :D

  9. yangeunsuk Portland joined 5/10 & has 1 comment

    I just made this with Daikon radish, just substituted every place that said broccoli with radish and it turned out fantastic.

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

      awesome! You can leave your successful cooking experience on the forum.

      It will be easy for me to refer it to my other readers who may be interested in making radish pickles.

      • sirdanilot Terneuzen, The Netherlands joined 10/09 & has 25 comments

        Hmm Maangchi… now I’m thinking of making this with cauliflower instead of Brocoli! I think I might try it (if I can find a good jar…) and tell you the results. I think it’ll be good because raw cauliflower is already edible, and it would be perfect if pickled. In fact, I think any raw-edible vegetable can be pickled like this.

        • sirdanilot Terneuzen, The Netherlands joined 10/09 & has 25 comments

          Oh I made it with cauliflower! I just used my kimchi jar since I don’t have kimchi at the moment (and I will be going away within a few weeks anyway so I can live without for now ;)).
          Is it just me or is the brine VERY salty? I did follow the measurements… but the cauliflowers do taste good. Do you know how long I can keep it, maangchi?

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

            awesome! Your cauliflower pickle will turn out delicious! Yes, the brine is salty because it will be eaten with bland rice. Korean style jangahjji (salty pickles) is different from usual pickle because it’s served with bland rice. But if you want, use less salt.

  10. Tracey Chigae joined 2/10 & has 4 comments

    Had a question…made the pickles around 3pm yesterday and it’s 4pm now. So far everything looks and tastes good but I’m wondering about the still pretty strong vinegar smell/taste. Will that get milder the longer I have it? I’ve never pickled anything myself so I just don’t know if that’s normal or what…

  11. Tracey Chigae joined 2/10 & has 4 comments

    I want to pickle everything now!

  12. ruth Abu Dhabi, UAE joined 1/10 & has 1 comment

    hi,im a new member here but a longtime subscriber in youtube.I love pickles and salads and would love to try making this. I just want to ask if what substitute for sugar is best to use in your pickles. FYI, I was recently diagnosed to have diabetes ,thus sugar is a big no no for me. Thank you in advance and by the way I’m a big fan of yours. Kudos to you..

    • orionflux joined 8/09 & has 16 comments

      i would use agave nectar. pronounced ah-gah-vee or ah-gah-veh. it’s low glycemic (diabetic friendly) and can be used in anything- hot or cold. also, stevia is good. splenda contains a chlorine (bleach) molecule and is very bad for your health, as is aspartame (nutrisweet).. aspartame actually filed a lawsuit against splenda, because it was so dangerous… so definitely don’t use that. if you don’t want to use agave nectar or stevia, there are other substitutes out there… Whey Low, Truvia, etc… But like I said, I would use Agave nectar. You can find it at Walmart now days.. If you can’t find it there, try a health food store or whole foods, if you have one.

      • jordanmattes Arlington, WA, USA joined 11/11 & has 14 comments

        Table salt also has a chlorine atom. (Chlorine is an atom, not a molecule. A molecule is a compound made of multiple atoms.) Chlorine by itself is a toxic gas. Bleach is sodium hypochlorite. It is also toxic. Salt is sodium chloride. It is not toxic. Splenda is made by processing sugar in a certain way, chlorine being one component of the process. Splenda is also not toxic, or the slightest bit poisonous. As old as this post is, I had to say something – you are very misinformed about how chemicals work.

  13. 나오엘& has 1 comment

    Hi Thnak you i’m algerian girl, and i have a list of korean halal meals,but with arabic language can u hep me to translate to korean for example brokli kol souce bakkoum

  14. Michael& has 5 comments

    I love these pickles! I just made them yesterday and can’t stop eating them! I think I’ll use them to make Kimbap, but instead of tuna I’ll use leftover chicken. I love your recipes, you have made me fall in love with Korean food!

  15. Kristin& has 1 comment

    You have a wonderful website, Maangchi! The videos are so helpful.

    I was wondering if you could help me with another Korean broccoli dish. I once had a delicious side dish of cold broccoli at a Korean restaurant. It tasted very strongly of sesame — in fact, I think there was no other flavor in it, except maybe a little salt. Do you know how to make this simple, but very tasty side dish? Thank you very much!

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

      As I mentioned in the video, broccoli dish is unusual because the vegetable was introduced to Korea not long ago. So everybody can invent his or her own Korean style broccoli recipe.

      The broccoli side dish you had sounds like it was made with broccoli, salt and sesame oil. You can add some minced garlic and a pinch of sugar..

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