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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

This quick and easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles Recipe can be ready to eat in as fast as overnight! Enjoy the best simple pickles as a low-carb, keto, vegetarian, and vegan snack, or make them into fried pickles!

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


  • 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 5 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved.
  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 4 months and will slowly lose their crispness after that.

Recipe Video

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 3-4 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.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Fresh is best. Fresh dill and garlic cloves are key to add the most flavor.
  • Reduce just enough. Keep an eye on the vinegar solution. If reduced too long, you'll end up having to add too much water to the jars.
  • Wait a few days. These refrigerator pickles are their perfect crispness and most flavorful after about 3-4 days.
  • Try them whole! Skip the slicing and pickle whole cucumbers instead. If you do, make sure you refrigerate them for a minimum of 3 days as it will take longer for the solution to soak into the entire cucumber.
  • Turn them into fried pickles. These Air Fryer Pickles are incredible, and even better when made with homemade dills!

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.