Pikliz Recipe from Haiti

Pikliz is a spicy, tangy condiment made primarily from pickled cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, onions, and Scotch bonnet peppers, seasoned with vinegar and spices. It adds a burst of flavor to Haitian dishes, particularly fried foods like griot (fried pork) and fried plantains, yum!

Pikliz is often made in large batches and stored in jars, allowing it to be preserved for extended periods. Storing food is especially important for Haitians as they are often faced with food insecurity. We believe no child should go hungry. Our program in Haiti served over 10,000 meals to children in need last year. 

We hope you enjoy this delicious Haitian staple as much as we do and that it connects you in a deeper way with our extended Haitian family

Pikliz (Haiti)

Forward Edge International
Pikliz is typically used as a condiment on fried foods like griot (fried pork) and fried plantains, enhancing their taste and providing contrast with its acidity and heat. But honestly it's great on it's own as a summer side dish or when you need something crunchy with a bit of heat. Connect with our Haiti program by enjoying this recipe and learn how we're helping children in Haiti at www.forwardedge.org/haiti.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 6


  • 1 cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 3 Scotch bonnet peppers or jalapeños
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 1 cup white vinegar


  • Cut the cabbage in half and using a shredder, shred one of the halves into a bowl.
  • Repeat the process for the carrots, onion, peppers, and garlic cloves.
  • Add the peppercorns, salt, and vinegar to the bowl. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Transfer all the contents of the bowl including liquids into a large glass container and store in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours to allow the pickling process to complete.


Store in your refrigerator for up to three weeks.
Keyword condiment, crunchy, haiti, pikliz, slaw, spicey

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Habari (hello), my name is Brian

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  • 9 yrs. old


Entered the program: July 2021

Brian is the 2nd youngest of 7 children and lives with his mother and 6 his siblings in a rented wood house with a dirt floor and no electricity or running water. They fetch water from a neighbor’s borehole to boil for drinking. They use an out door latrine that is in poor condition.

Brian’s mother is a single parent after his father died. They used to live with his father’s family but eventually left that home due to a family disagreement. His mother works as a casual laborer to provide for her children.

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