Pikliz is a hot pepper mixture that is pickled with vinegar and widely used in Haitian cuisine. It is used as a dipping sauce, added to dishes such as sauces, both authentic and regular Haitian dishes. Other Caribbean islands also have a variety of hot peppers pickled.
The main ingredients are hot peppers, cabbage, carrot, and vinegar. Other ingredients are also added for more flavoring. These ingredients are green peas, onions, and spices such as salt, pepper and sometimes garlic.
Many Haitians use Pikliz in place of regular hot sauce and food preparation as well. The main pepper to make Haitian Pikliz is Scotch Bonnet, but if it is not available, habanero is a great substitute as well.
Scotch Bonnet peppers are native to the Caribbean islands and depending on your locality; they may not be as available as Habanero peppers. Depending on the season, you may have some nice red or orange color hot peppers.
Any hot pepper must be handled with caution. It is better to use disposable gloves when handling hot peppers.
Notes and Tips
Useful Tips: Always use clean utensils when removing pikliz from a jar. The use of dirty utensils will make the pikliz turn brown and it will not last long. It is best to use a mason jar.
Option: I usually leave mine on my kitchen counter. I find it to be more convenient. And I only use a clean spoon.
Alternative: an alternative to Piliz is Noubess Hot and Spicy Original Sauce
Recipes ideas to use Pikliz with
Here is my version.