Refrigerator Dill Pickles

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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


Refrigerator Dill Pickles

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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!

More Side Dish Recipes To Try

Refrigerator Dill Pickles in a mason jar on a wooden board
3.48 from 51 votes
Servings: 2 Jars
Refrigerator Dill Pickles
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe, 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!

  • 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
  1. Combine water, vinegar, salt, sugar and peppercorns in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  2. Slice Cucumber into ½" rounds. Place cloves of garlic in a glass jar (or jars).

  3. Layer dill and cucumbers and pour cooled brine over the cucumbers.
  4. Seal and refrigerate at least 3 days before serving.
Recipe Notes

*Nutrition calculated by the jar.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 117, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1778mg, Potassium: 685mg, Carbohydrates: 24g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 14g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 631%, Vitamin C: 16%, Calcium: 99%, Iron: 1%

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

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56 comments on “Refrigerator Dill Pickles”

  1. What size jars do you show pictured? Recipe says makes 2 but 2 of what size? What did you use?

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    • 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!

  4. How do you make bread and butter pickles

  5. Do you think they’d work without the salt or the salt substitute?

  6. Could I refuse the brine once all the delicious pickles are gone?

  7. Can splenda be used instead of sugar???

  8. How can you make them bread and butter pickles

  9. 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) . 

  10. 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

  11. Is this 3-5 cloves of garlic and 5 sprigs of dill in each jar or per jar?

  12. Has anyone tried to peel the cucumber?

  13. What other veggies can you use?

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

  15. How many jars of pickles dies this recipe make ?

  16. Can you can these if you like to make them last on the shelf?

  17. Spell check… Lol… I give up

  18. I’m sorry I meant seal the jars.. Gotta love that work check

  19. 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.

  20. Serving: 2 jars…..what size jars?

  21. How long can you store pickles … ? months

  22. How long do they last in the refrigerator

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

  24. How long will they last in the fridge?

  25. How long do these last in the refrigerator?

  26. How long will these last in the fridge. If you have a lot of cucumbers would it be better to can?

  27. Could I make these without dill? I’m allergic.

  28. How long will they last in the refrigerator after opening?

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