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Pika from Curaçao


  • Author: Muriel Strobos
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups 1x


Food plays a huge role in the Caribbean culture. It truly brings people together. Most meals are served with rice, pinto (rice and beans), or funchi (a type of cornmeal similar to polenta). Pika, made with onions and chilies, is a standard addition on the table in Curacao, with diners adding as much as they desire during the meal. Make up a batch, and store it in a glass jar in the fridge to add a little Caribbean heat to your next meal!


  • 2 habanero, Scotch Bonnet, or the hottest chilies you can find, minced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • White vinegar to cover


  1. Add the chilies and onion to a 16-ounce mason jar. Fill the jar with vinegar.
  2. Optionally, dilute the vinegar with water to taste, if you find the vinegar too strong.
  3. This will keep for about a week in the fridge.

Recommended Equipment and Goodies


You might want to wear some kitchen gloves as the heat of the chillies can stay on your fingers for a while!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Condiment
  • Cuisine: Caribbean
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