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The best homemade pickles recipe that is made in the refrigerator with a sweet and tangy pickle juice, garlic, and dill.
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Refrigerator Dill Pickles Recipe

Once you know how to make these quick and easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles, you can enjoy this crisp snack anytime. Simply place cucumbers in a homemade vinegar brine with dill and garlic and let the fridge do the work, no canning involved!

Course lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 41 kcal


  • cup distilled white vinegar
  • cup water
  • 1 ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic whole
  • 1 tsp. peppercorns
  • 1 pinch red pepper
  • 3 dill sprigs
  • 4-5 cocktail cucumbers cut into 4 spears


  1. Add vinegar, water, salt, and sugar to a medium-sized pot or sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes, whisking occasionally, or until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit while preparing the jars.

  3. Place garlic cloves, peppercorns, red pepper flake, and dill sprigs in the bottom of a 16-oz. mason jar.

  4. Add cucumber spears to the jar in a vertical orientation. Pour warm vinegar solution over cucumbers and add additional water as needed to completely cover the cucumbers.

  5. Refrigerate pickles at least overnight or up to 3-4 days for the best results. Pickles will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 months and will slowly lose their crispness after that.

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Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional information is an estimate based on only half of the solution being consumed.
  • A 16-oz. mason jar works best.  The wide mouth jars will also work equally as well.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Refrigerate pickles at least overnight or up to 3-4 days for the best results.
  • To Store: Keep pickles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 months. This is the ideal time frame to maintain their crisp and crunchy texture. After this time they will begin to get soft and will not have that same delicious crunch.

Nutrition Facts
Refrigerator Dill Pickles Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 41 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 244mg11%
Potassium 96mg3%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 325IU7%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.