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Pickled Pink Beet Eggs: Low Carb Snack

Pickled Pink Beet Eggs: Low Carb Snack
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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 snack. Works well as a lunch for the office or snack for road trips!

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Are Beets Low Carb?
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No-cook Pickled Eggs

Low carb pickled beet eggs cut in half on a salad
Low Carb Pickled Beet Eggs

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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!

Finding Low Carb Snacks While Traveling

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”.

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 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.  

Essentially he shreds the cabbage and adds it to the spiced brine instead of beets. Check out the notes section of the recipe card below for the exact ingredients he uses.

Example of pickled red cabbage eggs cut in half, with shredded red cabbage surrounding them.
Red cabbage pickled eggs

Both the beet eggs and the red cabbage eggs are excellent in flavor and ease. 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 or family member that isn’t following low carb strictly.

2 pickling jars with eggs; 1 with red cabbage and 1 with beets.
Pickling jars of beet eggs and red cabbage eggs

No-Cook Pickled 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.

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Recipe for Low Carb Pickled Beet Eggs

Low Carb Pickled Beet Eggs

Low carb pickled beet eggs cut in half on a salad
An easy DIY for making pickled beet eggs to enjoy as a portable, healthy, low carb snack
4.67 from 18 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 84


  • 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
  • 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.
    8 hard-boiled eggs
  • 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.
    1 cup canned (or jarred) sliced red beets, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup water, 3 whole cloves, 2-4 cloves garlic, 1 bay leaf, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • Chill for at 2 days before serving. Will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.



For the Red Cabbage Pickled Eggs:
  1. Make the 8 hard boiled eggs as in the directions above for the beet eggs.
  2. In a dry skillet, over gentle heat, toast 2 star anise, 1 tsp cloves and 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and when spices start to smell nutty and toasty (about 5 minutes), add bay leaves and the 1 cup boiling water.
  3. Simmer for about 3 min. and then stir in 1 cup red wine vinegar and 2 heaping tsp of salt. Remove from heat.
  4. Shred about 10 oz cabbage and add to the pot. Stir in and leave alone for 10 min.
  5. Layer the cabbage mixture and the eggs into your mason jar and pour any extra pickling juice in to fill up the jar.
  6. Place jar in refrigerator and leave alone for 24 hours. They will last up to two weeks.


    Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 209mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 260IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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    There you go.   Ready for the next road trip, hockey trip, airline travel, etc.  Great, portable low carb snack!

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    Thursday 20th of October 2022

    Beets don't have eggs!

    dorothy stainbrook

    Friday 21st of October 2022

    Right you are! These are eggs pickled in beets….sorry if the name confused. It’s just a commonly used name.


    Sunday 24th of May 2020

    We have always made these with no sugar or honey. One can of beets, a can's worth of vinegar, sliced onions, clove and , of course, the hard boiled eggs. put them all together in a jar or plastic lidded container and they "pickle" that way. No boiling, but they last about a week or more in the fridge. We eat them long before that, though! I love your recipes and the cabbage one with the star anise is on my list to try! Thank you

    dorothy stainbrook

    Sunday 24th of May 2020

    Thanks for commenting! I had no idea these were even a thing until we stopped at a convenience store in Pennsylvania on a road trip out to see our son in New York. Thought I’d try the cabbage one for people that are really, really strict on their slow carb diet. I’ve loosened up a lot on the diet and prefer the beet eggs more, but it’s nice to have options.

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    Wednesday 19th of October 2016

    *Eh hem* Your daughter "happened upon" the truck stop beet eggs and thought of you while seeing them...

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