Refrigerator Dill Pickles are a quick and easy way to convert delicate cucumbers into yummy pickles!

Pickles are so delicious as a snack or even in recipes like Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf or on top of a juicy turkey burger! Plus making this garlic dill pickle recipe from scratch makes adding pickles to everyday meals easier and tastier!

Refrigerator Dill Pickles with cucumber garlic and dill in a mason jar

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Fresh Homemade Pickles

This is the best recipe, hands down for tackling your bounty of pickling cukes. The addition of garlic gives them a bright and pungent flavor and it has just the right balance of salt, vinegar and dill. It’s definitely a winning recipe to pull out every summer.  

Store bought pickles are convenient and tasty in their own right, but there is just something so personal about homemade goods! Served with pride, these refrigerator dill pickles are the perfect side dish or appetizer for when guests pop by, plus they make thoughtful hostess gifts as well.

Refrigerator Dill Pickles in mason jars with water being poured in

How to Make Refrigerator Pickles

Refrigerator pickles skip the stress of old fashioned canning! With only minutes of prep, and in only 3 days time, you can begin to enjoy them!

  1. Bring water, vinegar, salt, sugar, and peppercorns to a boil. Remove the brine and allow it to cool completely.
  2. Slice cucumbers into ½” rounds and alternate with garlic and dill in mason jars until the jars are packed. 
  3. Pour cooled brine into each jar. Seal and refrigerate.

Do You Need to Sterilize Jars for Refrigerator Pickles?

Jars don’t need to be sterilized for this garlic dill pickle recipe, however, a quick pass through the dishwasher will wash and sterilize the jars and lids (lids and rings for canning lids) to give you peace of mind. 

Storage Questions & Answers

Do Pickles Need to be Refrigerated? If pickles go through the traditional sterile canning and sealing process, they can be stored at room temperature safely. But refrigerator pickles are definitely intended for shorter-term cold storage, so keep them in the fridge. Besides, pickles are best when they are cold, crisp, and crunchy! The seasonings they are brined with are magnified on the palate so much more when served cold!

How Long Do Refrigerator Pickles Last? Refrigerator pickles will stay yummy and last about two months in the refrigerator as long as they are in a covered container. Much longer after that and they are not as crunchy as they could be, but they are still perfect to top burgers with!

Refrigerator Dill Pickles in a mason jar on a wooden board

Variations, Tips and Add-ins!

  • Slice pickles in quarters vertically so you have spears that are perfect for martinis or caesars!
  • Leave pickles refrigerated for longer than 3 days before enjoying for far better flavor, so be patient!
  • Are you a garlic lover? Add an extra clove or two depending on how many cucumbers you have. 
  • Pump up that flavor game and add sprigs of oregano, basil, or rosemary. Even small dried red chiles add zest and heat!
  • Kalamata olives blend beautifully with pickled cucumbers! A dash of red pepper flakes or a few pieces of star anise create a spicy pickle!

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Refrigerator Dill Pickles

With just the right balance of salt, vinegar, garlic and dill, you may never want to purchase store bought dill pickles again!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 Jars
Author Holly

Ingredients  

  • cups water
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 2 lbs mini cucumbers sliced
  • 4 large sprigs fresh dill or to taste
  • 3-5 cloves garlic

Instructions 

  • Combine water, vinegar, salt, sugar and peppercorns in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  • Slice Cucumber into ½" rounds. Place cloves of garlic in a glass jar (or jars).
  • Layer dill and cucumbers and pour cooled brine over the cucumbers.
  • Seal and refrigerate at least 3 days before serving.

Notes

*Nutrition calculated by the jar.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 704mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 633IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. You can re-use the brine very successfully to make pickled eggs. Just hard boil some eggs, peel, and fill up the pickle jar. Leave in the fridge for about 1 week and then enjoy.

  2. Can I use regular cucumbers and maybe slice them thicker?  I was gifted with a case of cucumbers and don’t want then to go to waste. 
    Thank you

    1. I’ve only tried the recipe as written Christina, so can’t say for sure. I think it would work though. Please let us know if you try it with regular cucumbers!

  3. Very excited to try these, I make the same version but omit the sugar and they sit on kitchen counter with no lid , just cheese clothe to keep fruit flys out, for about 5 days. (Polish Recipe) . 

  4. Instead of going to the expense of the canning lids, buy the plastic ones they sell now. That is what I use when I make something for the fridge

  5. Could you please clarify: Quart or pint size jars?
    And…
    Can I leave out the sugar?
     Low carb diabetic…
    Thank yooouuuu!

    1. You can use whatever size jars you’d like for this recipe. I’ve only tried the recipe as written. Leaving out the sugar will change the taste. Let us know if you try it!

  6. Does the boiling water deal the jars just by pooring it on top? Also once you make these do they need to stay in the fridge or can they go on the shelf until opened.

    1. These are refrigerator pickles so they are not canned or sealed. They must be stored in the refrigerator and will last a month or so.

  7. I dislike sweet pickles, does the 1 Tablespoon of sugar make these sweet? Could you make it without?