Refrigerator Pickle Recipe


Making and pickling your own cucumber pickles is easy. Here’s a pickle recipe for refrigerator pickles that you can make at home any time you want.

A refrigerator pickle on a fork.

The Crunchiest Pickle Recipe

Is there anything better than having a couple jars of delicious and crunchy refrigerator pickles in the fridge at all times? NO! We love this refrigerator pickle recipe because it leaves you with crunchy dill pickles every time.

You can make a double or even triple batch of these pickles and give them as gifts or just have pickles on hand at all times!

How are these different than other pickles?

These refrigerator pickles only involve boiling a vinegar brine that will then be poured over the pickles versus a traditional pickle recipe where you boil a bunch of sugar and vinegar, pour it over the pickles, and then remove air and seal the mason jar top.

Pickle recipes where you seal the top of the mason jar can be stored and last much longer than refrigerator pickles.

Ingredients You Need for these Pickles

All the ingredients for this pickle recipe are classic ingredients for a classic dill pickle. We prefer a salty, crunchy, and dilly pickle. Feel free to make this pickle recipe your own by changing the ingredients up.

  • white vinegar
  • water 
  • white sugar 
  • garlic cloves
  • kosher salt
  • fresh dill 
  • mustard seed 
  • white onion
  • coriander seeds
  • peppercorns
  • cucumber
  • red pepper flakes

Ingredients Swaps

white vinegar —> rice vinegar

white sugar–> honey

garlic cloves —> garlic powder

kosher salt —> coarse salt

fresh dill—> fresh dill is the best but you could try dried dill

white onion —> shallots

red pepper flakes —> pinch of cayenne pepper or slices of jalapeño

Sliced cucumbers, fresh dill, white onion, mustard seeds, sugar, garlic, and vinegar on the counter top.

How to Make Refrigerator Pickles

Prepare the Mason Jars

We suggest preparing the mason jars before making the vinegar brine. Add the fresh dill, mustard seed, white onion, coriander seeds, and peppercorns into two mason jars. Add the sliced cucumbers.

How do I chop cucumbers for homemade pickles? Chop the cucumbers into spears lengthwise so that they will fit into the mason jar that you are using. We suggest cutting the cucumbers into smaller spears because then they will taste pickled, faster.

Refrigerator pickle ingredients in two mason jars.

Boil the vinegar brine

Prepare the vinegar brine by adding the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt to a small saucepan. Whisk the ingredients together until combined.

Bring the mixture to a boil and then remove from heat.

Refrigerator pickles in a jar.

Pour the Brine over the Pickles

Carefully pour the vinegar mixture over the cucumbers until all the ingredients are covered. Let the mixture cool completely before covering the mason jars with a lid and tighten them.


Place the pickles into the refrigerator for 24-48 hours before giving them a try!

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A refrigerator pickle sitting on top of a jar.

Important Things to Note

How do I keep my pickles crunchy?

There are a few different ways you can keep your pickles crunchy.

  • Buy cucumbers that aren’t over ripe. The older they are, the mushier they will be.
  • Don’t keep the pickles in the refrigerator for too long.
  • Wait to put the pickles in the refrigerator until they are completely cooled.

Make them spicy!

We added some red pepper flakes to one of our jars, but if you want to make these pickles spicy your way, go ahead!

  • try adding jalapeño rounds
  • slice up some Serrao peppers

Make the sweet pickles.

Some of you like a sweeter pickle! Here are a few ways you can make your pickles sweeter.

  • Add a bit more sugar to your vinegar mixture.
  • Try adding honey!
  • Use a sweet onion to your mason jars.

Other Ingredients You Can Add

Go ahead and add other delicious vegetables to the jar to pickle. We love our quick pickled spicy peppers, so a combination would be delicious. Check out other vegetable options below.

  • carrots
  • bell peppers
  • celery

Serving Suggestions

This pickle recipe is perfect to make just for a savory snack. We love adding them to sandwiches because they add great flavor and crunch. However, these pickles are delicious with any of the meals below!

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These pickle recipe will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator is sealed appropriately!

A jar full of refrigerator pickles.

Refrigerator pickles in a jar.

Refrigerator Pickle Recipe

This simple pickle recipe doesn’t require any special pickling equipment. These crunchy refrigerator pickles are ready to go in just 2 days!

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 5 minutesTotal: 15 minutes

Fat 0 Carbs 4 Protein 1

Yield 8 1x


  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¾  cup water 
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar 
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed 
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill 
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed 
  • ½ small white onion, sliced 
  • ¼  teaspoon dried coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 large cucumber, cut into spears*
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (for spicy pickles)


  1. Add the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt to a small saucepan and whisk. 
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove from heat once the sugar and salt have dissolved. Set aside. 
  3. Next, prepare two clean mason jars for the refrigerator pickles. Divide the fresh dill, mustard seed, white onion, coriander seeds, and peppercorns into the two mason jars.
  4. Slice cucumbers into spears, making sure they aren’t too tall for the Mason jars. Then, separate them into the Mason jars.
  5. Carefully divide the vinegar mixture into both jars, making sure that the cucumbers are covered with the liquid. 
  6. Let the vinegar mixture cool before covering the the jars tightly. Then, shake the contents of the jar until mixed.
  7. Place the jars in the fridge for 24-48 hours before trying the pickles.

Tips & Notes

  • Be sure the cucumbers are cut so that they fit into whatever mason jars are being used.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 Calories: 19 Sugar: 2 Sodium: 212 Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 4 Fiber: 1 Protein: 1 Cholesterol: 0

Author: Lee FunkeCategory: SideMethod: Stove topCuisine: American

Keywords: Refrigerator pickle recipe

About Linley Richter

Linley is a 5′ nothing spitball of positive energy who joined Team Fit Foodie in the Spring of 2014. Linley has worked on the digital side of small businesses and nonprofits since 2011, where she specialized in social media community management. Lin has a passion for food and an incredible palate. She is FFF’s chief recipe developer, so you can thank her for these incredible recipes!

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