Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

Spicy Refrigerator Pickles - Food & Nutrition Magazine - Stone Soup
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These easy, spicy refrigerator pickles are loaded with flavor and super crunchy. Make them with garden cucumbers, garlic, dill, pickling spice and crushed red pepper flakes. Enjoy on a burger, sandwich, sloppy joe, or just as a snack. These quick pickles are the ones you want!Spicy Refrigerator Pickles -

Other vegetables you could be pickling:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Jalapenos
  • Green Beans or yellow beans
  • Giardiniera (a mix of carrots, cauliflower, celery, olives)
  • Radishes
  • Pearl onions

Other pickling spice add-ins:

  • Star anise
  • Cardamom
  • Whole Cloves
  • Fennel seeds
  • Juniper berries

Storage Tip

Refrigerator pickles last about one month. Just make sure to date the jar to eliminate any guess work!

Spicy Refrigerator Pickles


  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 3 pounds cucumbers, sliced in rounds or speared
  • 8–12 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • ¼ cup fresh dill leaves
  • 3 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 3 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes


Wash 2, 32-ounce jars with soap and water.

Bring water, vinegars and salt to a boil in a saucepan and boil until salt has dissolved, whisking regularly. Allow brine to slightly cool.

Pack cucumber slices/spears in the jars, then pack a few garlic cloves in each. Distribute dill, pickling spice and red pepper flakes into each jar. Pour brine to the top of the jar and secure tightly with the lids. Allow jars to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.

Allow to pickle for at least a week. Pickles last in the refrigerator up to one month.

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Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, CD is a food and nutrition consultant, registered dietitian, chef, food photographer, culinary media expert and food writer. She is the creator and owner of The Healthy Epicurean where she create recipes, food photos and food videos for clients and brands. She also leads workshops for culinary skills, food styling and photography and leads cooking classes. Julie is regularly featured on television and in the media, where she showcases simple, wholesome and delicious recipes from her blog.