Easy 5 Minute Refrigerator Dill Pickles

overhead view of pickles in the open jars and fresh dill.

Easy 5 Minute Refrigerator Dill Pickles ~ loaded with garlic and dill flavors; prepped and in the fridge in 5 minutes. This no cook recipe is the best pickle recipe you’ll find!

I’m kind of on a pickling craze right now, starting with Pickled Red Onions that I’ve been putting on practically everything ~ or nothing ~ even a fork full right out of the jar into my mouth.

I’ve made quite a few batches, passing them along to my kids (ahem. . .my jars?). Not only are they really good, but ridiculously simple to make, like things should be in the summertime.

There are always a few different jars of pickles in my refrigerator but with these Easy 5 Minute Refrigerator Dill Pickles buying them premade is a thing of the past.

overhead view of dill pickles in a jar with fork piercing one pickle

Pickle history:

This Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles Recipe debuted one Memorial weekend at a family gathering. They’re my biggest supporters but in the name of “constructive criticism”, can also lay the facts on the table. Sometimes a little too many facts.

But they ate these pickles like candy, one after the next right from the jar.

Turns out, they were the perfect thing to bring to the Memorial Day party! Even though I don’t want to rush the season, these pickles will be making an appearance over the 4th too and anytime I crave their tangy taste.

easy refrigerator dill pickles recipe ~ overhead photo of open jar of pickles showing chopped dill and brine.

Can I make delicious dill pickles without cooking or canning?

Absolutely! There is no cooking or traditional canning involved in this recipe. True confession: I’ve wanted to try canning for a while now but the thought of doing it wrong and the food being unsafe to eat makes me more than a little nervous. Plus all the time involved!

So I started canning at ground level with Pickled Red Onions and found that I like it here on the first floor. Five minute prep time ~ zero, nada, NO canning, NO cooking. The quick process method doesn’t shortchange the flavor one bit either.

side view of dill pickles in jar with peppercorns floating

Easy 5 Minute Refrigerator Dill Pickles Ingredients:

English seedless cucumber (Kirby or other pickling cucumbers can be used)
apple cider vinegar
kosher salt (not table salt)
black peppercorns
garlic cloves 
fresh dill
crushed red pepper flakes

How to make easy 5 minute refrigerator dill pickles:

Add the brine ingredients (all the ingredients listed) to a 1 quart jar or two pint size jars and give it a good stir or whisk until the salt is dissolved.

easy refrigerator dill pickles recipe ~ sliced cucumbers on cutting board

Slice the cucumbers into rounds or spears, add them to the jar and with the lid on, shake gently then refrigerate.

Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles are good to eat about an hour after they’re mixed into the brine, fantastic 24 hours later and practically irresistible at the 48 hour mark. A week or so later they’ll be gone and you’ll be making your next batch.

Tip: You may notice the liquid increases as the pickles sit in the fridge. That’s the salt drawing moisture from the cucumbers.

side view of pickles in jar and fork spearing a single pickle

You don’t need to wait for a picnic or holiday to make these Easy 5 Minute Refrigerator Dill Pickles. They’re delicious and add a nice pop of flavor on or with sandwiches or burgers but are also good just to snack on by themselves.

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easy refrigerator dill pickles recipe ~ pinterest pin of pickles

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easy refrigerator dill pickles recipe ~ overhead view of open jar of pickles and one pickle skewered with fork

Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles Recipe

Simple, garlic-dill pickle recipe takes just 5 minutes prep time and no canning process.
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CourseSide Dish
Keyworddill pickles, easy pickle recipes, easy refrigerator pickles
AuthorA Gouda Life


  • 1 large English seedless cucumber Kirby or other pickling cucumbers can be used
  • 1 ½ cups water room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt not table salt
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 2 large cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 6-8 large sprigs fresh dill chopped
  • (optional) pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 quart jar OR 2 pint size jars


  • Add the brine ingredients in a 1 quart jar or 2 pint jars and stir or whisk until the salt dissolves.
  • Slice the cucumbers into rounds or spears and add to the jar.
  • With the lid on the jar, shake then refrigerate.
  • Pickles are ready to eat in 24-48 hours and will keep refrigerated for 3-4 weeks.


  1. Leave a Reply

    June 7, 2018

    Hit a home run with this one. The pickles are crisp and tasty. A great add to any picnic or meal.

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      July 8, 2018

      Thank you! Hard to keep ’em in the house we’re going through them so fast — but that’s a good thing! 🙂

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    June 7, 2018

    Do you have a quick recipe for Bread and Butter and/or Sweet Pickel refrigerator pickles? Thanks!

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      June 9, 2018

      Hi Susan – I’m sorry I don’t have one, but I found this one from Taste of Home for Refrigerator Sweet Pickles. Taste of Home is a reputable source and the recipe has good reviews from people that have made it. The link is:


      I’d love to hear back if you make them. Thanks for stopping by – enjoy the day!

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    Dawn @ The Kitchen and a Latte
    May 29, 2019

    My kids love pickles so this year I planted a few bush pickle cucumber plants. I am used to the plants that grow tall so I hope they don’t grow to far out and take over everything else haha! But hopefully we will have plenty of cucumbers to pickle 🙂

    Definitely trying this with them when we get enough (growing season has just started here.)

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      June 18, 2019

      Ah yes! I get plants taking over! 🙂 Last year I planted mint in the ground (big mistake!) – apparently it should only go in pots because it spreads everywhere! I’m so glad you’re going to try this. Even better with homegrown – can’t get any fresher. I’d love to hear how you and your family liked them.

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