Easy 5 Minute Refrigerator Dill Pickles

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

Easy 5 Minute Refrigerator Dill Pickles ~ crunchy, loaded with garlic and dill flavors; prepped and in the fridge in 5 minutes. This no cook, small-batch 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)
warm water 
apple cider vinegar
kosher salt (not table salt)
black peppercorns
garlic cloves 
fresh dill
crushed red pepper flakes
jars

How to make easy 5 minute refrigerator dill pickles:

Using either a mandoline or sharp knife, slice the pickles then add them to the jar(s). 

In a separate container add the warm water and salt, stirring or whisking to completely dissolve the salt. Once the salt is dissolved pour in the vinegar and stir.

Add the vinegar, peppercorns, chopped garlic, dill and crushed red pepper flakes over the top of the pickles in the jar. 

easy refrigerator dill pickles recipe ~ sliced cucumbers on cutting board

Pour the brining liquid over the cucumbers in the jar, top with the lid, 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: The pickles may not be completely submerged in liquid at this point. As they sit in the fridge, liquid increases as the salt draws out 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

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
CuisineAmerican
Keyworddill pickles, easy pickle recipes, easy refrigerator pickles
Servings6
AuthorA Gouda Life

Ingredients

  • 1 large English seedless cucumber Kirby or other pickling cucumbers can be used
  • 1 ½ cups water room temperature
  • 1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt not table salt
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 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

Instructions

  • Slice the pickles then add them to the jar(s).
  • In a separate container add the warm water and salt, stirring or whisking to completely dissolve the salt. Once the salt is dissolved pour in the vinegar and stir.
    Add the peppercorns, chopped garlic, dill and crushed red pepper flakes over the top of the pickles in the jar. 
  • Pour the brining liquid over the cucumbers, top with the lid, shake gently then refrigerate. 
  • Pickles are ready to eat in 24-48 hours and will keep refrigerated for 3-4 weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 0
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

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    Ray
    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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      Bernie
      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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    Susan
    June 7, 2018

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

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      Bernie
      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:

      https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/easy-refrigerator-pickles

      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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      Bernie
      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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    Brandi Huffaker
    July 22, 2019

    Can you use white vinegar instead of apple cider?

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      Bernie
      July 22, 2019

      Hi Brandi – thanks for reaching out. Yes, you can sub in white vinegar instead, but it won’t have the same fruity undertones of apple cider vinegar so the final taste will be a bit different.

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    LIZ
    July 29, 2019

    Can you use dried dilly you run out of fresh?

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      Bernie
      July 29, 2019

      Hi Liz – yes! You absolutely can use dried dill instead of fresh adding the same amount of the ingredient. When I use dry herbs I give them a quick rub between my thumb and first finger to ‘wake up’ the taste. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    hanona
    August 3, 2019

    I make this recipe .lts so delicious and my family likes this pickle thank you for this recipe ❤❤

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      Bernie
      August 4, 2019

      Hi thanks for stopping by 🙂 So glad you made — and enjoyed the recipe! We do too. I can’t keep it in the refrigerator we go through them so fast!!

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      Bernie
      August 18, 2019

      You’re so very welcome – happy you and your family enjoyed it! 🙂

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    Cindy
    August 4, 2019

    Could I use black pepper instead of peppercorns and pink Himalayan salt instead of kosher? {the pink salt is in a grinder so it could be ground up} thank you===these really sound good [I love dill pickles!]

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      Bernie
      August 4, 2019

      Hi Cindy – yes you can use black pepper instead and pink salt instead. Just follow the instructions using the same amounts of peppercorns and salt listed in the recipe for your substitutions. Thanks! They’re definitely a favorite in our house!

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