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6 Tasty Cornichon Substitutes: Shake Up Flavor

The humble cornichon is a tiny, tart pickle that makes our charcuterie boards pop. What if we’re out of these little crunch bombs? No sweat, because there are flavorful alternatives.

We’ve all faced it: the perfect snack setting, just missing the cornichons. Our options are fun and tasty. Let’s shake things up and explore six substitutes that can stand in for our beloved mini pickles.

Whether it’s for a sandwich topper or a snack platter addition, there’s a substitute here that will save the day. Let’s get started!

6 Easy Substitutes for Cornichons

As much as we adore cornichons, sometimes they’re just not available. But don’t worry, these alternatives will still bring the pickle punch to your dish.

1 – Gherkins

Gherkins are a prime option when we’re out of cornichons. They’re small pickles too but milder and sweeter. Cornichons bring a sharper tang, while gherkins have a more balanced taste. We recommend slicing them thinly to mimic the crunch of cornichons.

Use a 1:1 ratio in recipes. This way, we’re keeping the same delightful pickle presence in our dishes. We’ve tried gherkins on our sandwiches and they’re a hit. The flavor may not be as bold, but it adds its own sweet charm.

2 – Caperberries

The caperberry is a surprising stand-in for cornichons. These little bursts of flavor bring a unique, tangy, and slightly citrusy bite, different from the sharp tang of cornichons. We find caperberries to be larger and meatier, which can add a pleasant texture contrast.

They’re perfect for anyone who enjoys a bold tang. Use them in a 1:1 ratio with cornichons. For more options on substitutes, check out this list of caper substitutes.

We love them in salads and on charcuterie boards with a bit of cheese. Simple and punchy.

3 – Pickled Onions

Pickled onions are a great choice. They offer a sharp, tangy flavor that’s quite different from cornichons. Their crunch adds a nice texture, making them perfect for sandwiches and salads.

We like the vibrant pink hue they bring to any dish. These onions pack a sour punch, but also have a slight sweetness. Use them in a 1:1 ratio to cornichons. They’re excellent for adding acidity and color.

Quick tip: slice them thin for the best texture. Try them next time you’re out of cornichons!

4 – Dill Pickles

Dill pickles are a trusty sidekick. They’re crunchy and tangy, just like cornichons. But they have a stronger dill flavor, which some of us might find even more addicting.

Their shape varies, but they’re usually bigger, so slice them thin for a closer texture. Use them in a 1:1 ratio with cornichons. We love the herby punch they add to our sandwiches and salads. They’re a staple in our pantry, always ready for that pickle craving.

5 – Peppadew Peppers

Peppadew peppers are sweet and just a bit spicy. These tiny gems deliver a tangy, almost fruity flavor. They’re a fun twist when cornichons aren’t around. Their crunch is spot-on too.

We used them in a salad last weekend, and everyone loved the pop they added. Substitute them 1:1 for cornichons. They’re especially great if you like a hint of sweetness.

Feeling adventurous? Check out this list of peppadew pepper substitutes.

Pick up a jar and give them a try. They might become your new favorite pickle substitute.

6 – Pickled Radishes

Pickled radishes bring a crisp, peppery zing. These little bites offer more than just crunch—they add a vibrant color and unique taste to our meals.

We find pickled radishes sharper and spicier than cornichons. They give a good jolt of flavor that wakes up any dish.

Stick to a 1:1 ratio for substituting cornichons. Thin slices are best for balancing the texture.

We love adding them to our salads and sandwiches. They’re great for a tangy, bright twist.

7 – Green Olives

Last on our list, green olives make a fantastic stand-in for cornichons. These little gems have a briny, savory flavor that’s less sour but still packs a tangy punch. We recommend them for anyone who loves a bold and slightly salty taste.

Green olives add a firm texture, which holds up nicely in salads and sandwiches. Use a 1:1 substitute ratio for cornichons. Thin slices work best to keep that crunchy vibe.

If you’re curious about more substitutes, skim through the green olive substitutes guide.