How To Make Haitian Pikliz (Picklese).

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A quick and simple way to make a classic Caribbean condiment called pik liz. Pik liz or picklese is a traditional Haitian spicy condiment, with fresh scotch bonnet peppers, cabbage, shredded carrot, cloves, garlic, salt and other flavorful ingredients. Balancing the texture of a coleslaw and the heat of scotch bonnet peppers, you’ll quickly get addicted to this wonderful condiment.

You’ll need…

2 cups shredded cabbage
1 large carrot
1 cup bell pepper (green, orange, red)
1 onion
2 scallions
6 scotch bonnet peppers
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
12-14 peppercorns
2 cups vinegar (see note)
1/2 lime juice

* 4 cloves (traditionally used)

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25 Comments

  1. Hi. After talking to a New York City taxi driver, I think I've found the perfect New Year's Pumpkin Soup recipe. I watched your video about the pik liz. I had esophageal cancer several years ago which left scar tissue in my "swallowing tube," so I'd have to leave out the Scotch Bonnets. Will it still be worth making the recipe? Should I substitute something else? All comments are welcome. Thank you.

  2. hmm I love all ur videos but being Haitian I have never seen peppercorns,garlic,CLOVES, scallions added. vinegar is if u want to store it.other seasonings are added with lime or sour orange juice.

  3. I love the video! However, I've NEVER seen a Haitian use peppercorns, bell peppers,and scallions in pikliz. Not even cloves. Also, some Haitians use bitter orange juice rather than vinegar. I personally think that you should try it. It gives it a little tang 👌

  4. I just made some yesterday and planning to let it sit for five days I know the acidic levels from the vinegar should keep it safe to pickle outside the refrigerator. But should I leave it out whats the best way according to hatian tradition thanks in advance!!

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