How to Make Sweet Quick Pickled Ginger (with Coconut Sugar!)

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Easy, sweet pickled ginger made with coconut sugar for a fun and healthy twist! This sliced quick pickled ginger is a great accompaniment for a large variety of dishes. It’s a sweet and spicy condiment that adds both warmth and flavor.

sweet pickled ginger on a wooden table
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Ginger is one of those ingredients that we see time and time again in Asian cuisine. However, sweet pickled ginger is something that is off the scale in flavor. There are many ways that you might want to try and implement this sweet quick pickled ginger into your diet, and one of the most common ways to eat it is with sushi. This is because the sweet pickled ginger acts as a cleanser for the palette, helping to not only enjoy the flavors but also get a more intense experience with your food.

However, there are so many other ways you might want to enjoy this sweet quick pickled ginger recipe. Not just as a palate cleanser with sushi, but you could add this to lemonade, whisk as part of salad dressings, cocktails, marinated dishes, stir-fries, top off most main savory dishes, or even as an accompaniment for your side dishes. It is so quick and easy to make and nice to have a stash of it home to use as and when you like. So here is everything you need to know to recreate the quick sweet pickled ginger!

easy quick pickled ginger recipe using coconut sugar stored in a jar

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Super quick and simple to make.
  • A wonderful refined sugar-free option.
  • A great balance of sweet, spicy and acidic flavors.
  • It’s all in the prep!
pickled ginger made with fresh ginger root vinegar and coconut sugar for a refined sugar free option

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

Ginger: The main star of the show. Ginger has sharp and spicy flavor notes, but add in some acidity and sweetness, and a whole new world opens up!

Water and Vinegar: This forms the brine that does all the pickling magic.

Coconut sugar and Salt: To give that balance of sweet and savory. Coconut sugar is a wonderful refined sugar-free option, full of minerals and nutrients and is gentle on blood sugar levels in the body.

sweet pickled ginger floating in a large mason jar

How to Make Sweet Quick Pickled Ginger 

  1. Grab yourself a container that you want to store the sweet quick pickled ginger in. This should be something that is air-tight when closed. A mason jar works really well.
  2. Add the peeled and sliced ginger to the jar, then set aside.
  3. Bring the brine ingredients to a boil, then pour over the ginger in the jar.
  4. Let the jar cool to room temperature before storing and enjoying!


Is pickled ginger vegan?

Yes, it is! This is a completely vegan option that could work well with all sorts of vegan dishes.

Can I omit the coconut sugar?

In order to make this sweet pickled ginger, you will need some form of sweetness. But, you can omit the coconut sugar, if you prefer, and use any other granulated sugar of your choosing.

How long will the pickled ginger last?

Pickled ginger will last for 6 months stored in the fridge in an airtight container.

quick pickled ginger made with fresh ginger and coconut sugar

Recipe Tips

  • Have all the ingredients ready to go.
  • While you could eat this after about thirty minutes of chilling, the longer you leave it the better it will taste. I recommend letting it chill for at least 24 hours before the first bite!
  • Store in an air-tight container for maximum freshness and longer shelf life and use clean utensils to remove and serve.
easy and quick pickled ginger resting in a small wooden bowl

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Pickled Ginger Recipe

Easy, sweet pickled ginger made with coconut sugar for a fun and healthy twist! This sliced quick pickled ginger is a great accompaniment for a large variety of dishes. It's a sweet and spicy condiment that adds both warmth and flavor.
4.98 from 48 votes
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 hand fresh ginger root* peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup vinegar white or apple cider
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Peel and thinly slice the ginger root. Pack into a mason jar (quart-size works well). Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, coconut sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat.
  • Pour the brine into the jar to cover the sliced ginger.
  • Let the jar sit, uncovered, until cooled to room temperature. Place the lid on, then keep stored in the fridge for at least 24 hours before using.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 6 months. Enjoy!


*Note: one hand of ginger is a chunk of fresh ginger root that is approximately the size of a small hand. This is the form is most commonly found in when purchasing ginger from the produce section of a produce store. It’s okay if it is slightly larger or smaller than a “hand” – this recipe creates enough brine to compensate.
Also see: Coconut Sugar Substitutes.
You might also love: Honey Fermented Ginger.
Also see: Pickled Cabbage


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made a batch of pickled red cabbage last week but I haven’t tried it with white cabbage yet, so I’ll try your recipe next time.