Pickled Beet Eggs are so pretty to the eye and a fantastic portable, healthy snack. They are also easy to modify to a low carb diet, a slow carb diet, or just a generally healthy diet, making them the ultimate low carb snack. It’s a great snack for office or road trips!Jump to Recipe
Are Beets Low Carb or Slow Carb?
Beets themselves are not 100% compliant with a strict slow carb or keto lifestyle (too much sugar in them), but the amount of beet juice clinging to the pickled beet eggs in this recipe is minimal.
Pickled beet eggs would be fine for most low carb diets in my opinion if you stick with the beet juice on the eggs and avoid eating the whole beets.
If you are worried about the beet juice, I have included pickled red cabbage eggs as an alternative low carb or keto pickled egg option.
The red cabbage keto rendition is just as tasty as the red beet version and just as beautiful. Oh, and one more plus to pickled eggs as a low carb snack…..they’re easy to make!
“Portable“ Snacks for Travel or Office
It is really challenging to find tasty low carb snack options when traveling, whether you are in an airport, driving along the highway on a road trip, or just on a long commute to the office.
I first experienced pickled eggs on a road trip out East to visit my son in Connecticut, where he was going to host his first Thanksgiving dinner in his new apartment. He was 22 years old and this was kind of a big deal for all of us.
The road trip took 2 days and it was quite challenging, to say the least, to find low carb or slow carb snacks at America’s pit stops along the highway.
At one point in Pennsylvania as we stopped for gas, I scoured a truck stop for something to tide us over until dinner. It was looking grim until I happened upon these red hard-boiled eggs called “beet eggs”. After a quizzical group shrug we decided to give it a go. The consensus was “not bad”, in fact “pretty good”.
Later that night after arriving in Connecticut and checking out my son’s new apartment, he asked if we were ready for appetizers. It was hard not to gasp as he brought out the tray of beautiful pink appetizers. Yep…pickled beet eggs!!!
I had never heard of this food item before and here they are in front of us twice in one day. I have to say, my son’s were much fresher and much better, but the truck stop’s pickled beet eggs were not bad at all.
Apparently, they are a popular item in Pennsylvania, as well as other regions where Amish and Mennonites have settled.
How to Lower the Carbs in “Pink” Pickled Eggs
Well, pink pickled eggs are now firmly established in our Minnesota household as a portable, convenient low carb snack, except that I sometimes make them with red cabbage instead of beets if I am counting calories and/or carbs.
Using red cabbage instead of beets is a riff on the beet eggs from Jamie Oliver, and since red cabbage is compliant with slow carb and ketogenic diets, I often lean toward Oliver’s version.
Both the beet eggs and the red cabbage eggs are excellent, and although beets do have sugar in them, there isn’t a lot of it that stays on the eggs. The problem with the beet eggs and a low carb diet is what to do with the beets themselves after the eggs are done.
Beets are definitely not compliant with low carb, so just know this going in and use them for the juice. Give the whole beets to a friend that isn’t following low carb strictly.
The Absolute Easiest Method: No Cook Eggs
If you don’t cook at all and don’t like the idea of peeling a dozen eggs, you could buy some pre-peeled hard-boiled eggs in the grocery store, a jar of pickled beets and toss them together with some spices for the “I don’t cook” method. It will elevate plain hard boiled eggs to a beautiful new high.
Similar Recipes You Will Love
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Low Carb Pickled Beet Eggs
- large pot
- Heat proof large jars
- large bowl for ice water
- 8 hard-boiled eggs peeled
- 1 cup canned (or jarred) sliced red beets with their liquid
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup water
- 3 whole cloves
- 2-4 cloves garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp ground allspice
- To hard boil & peel eggs: Gently lower the eggs into a pot of cold water. Turn the burner on high and bring to a boil. When the water comes to a boil, turn off the burner, cover the pot and let the eggs sit in the pot for 5-7 minutes.
- To peel hardboiled eggs: Meanwhile get a large bowl and fill with ice water. When the eggs have sat in the covered pot for 5-7 min. ladle them out into the bowl of ice water. When cool enough to work with, peel the shells off under running cool water (shells come off more easily if you start with older eggs – not really fresh).
- To pickle: Place peeled hard-boiled eggs in a quart-sized mason jar (or any other heatproof container).
- Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 min. Pour warm mix over eggs, cover tightly and refrigerate.
- Chill for at 2 days before serving. Will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Lower Carb Alternative to Pickled Beet Eggs
Red Cabbage Pickled Beet Eggs
- 8 large eggs
- 2 star anise
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- ½ tbsp mustard seeds
- 1 cup water
- 2 fresh bay leaves
- 1 tbsp honey optional
- 1 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp salt
- ½ small red cabbage (about 10 oz)
- To hard boil the eggs: Gently lower the eggs into a pot of cold water. Turn the burner on high and bring to a boil. When the water comes to a boil, turn off the burner, cover the pot and let the eggs sit in the pot for 5-7 minutes.
- Meanwhile get a large bowl and fill with ice water. When the eggs have sat in the pot for 5-7 min. ladle them out into the bowl of ice water. When cool enough to work with, peel the shells off under running cool water (shells come off more easily if you start with older eggs – not really fresh).
- In a dry skillet, over gentle heat, toast the star anise, cloves and mustard seeds, shaking the pan often so they do not burn. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil (can be done in microwave). When spices start to smell nutty and toasty (about 5 minutes), add bay leaves and the 1 cup boiling water.
- Simmer for about 3 min. and then stir in honey, vinegar and 2 heaping tsp of salt. Remove from heat.
- Shred the cabbage (with a box grateand add to the pot. Stir in and leave alone for 10 min.
- Layer the cabbage mixture and the eggs into your mason jar and pour any extra pickling juice in to fill up the jar.
- Place jar in refrigerator and leave alone for 24 hours. They will last up to two weeks.
There you go. Ready for the next road trip, hockey trip, airline travel, etc. Great, portable low carb snack!
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