Refrigerator Dill Pickles


These refrigerator dill pickles taste so fresh and are seasoned with just the right amount of dill and garlic. They're perfectly crisp and ready to eat in just 3 days! Whether you serve them with hot dogs or hamburgers or snack on them right out of the fridge, they should be good for about 6 weeks. If you prefer pickle chips, use cucumber slices instead of spears.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
3 days
Total Time:
3 days 20 mins

If you're the type of person who always likes to have a jar of pickles on hand, you're going to absolutely love this top-rated recipe. These refrigerator pickles are a breeze to make with simple ingredients — they'll quickly become a staple in your kitchen.

Refrigerator Dill Pickle Ingredients

This simple refrigerator pickle brine is made with water, vinegar, sugar, sea salt, garlic cloves, and fresh dill. You can adjust the ratios and add other ingredients (such as coriander seeds, peppercorns, or bay leaves) to suit your taste.

To cut cucumber spears, simply cut the cuke in half lengthwise and then cut the halves into quarters. If you're happy with the spear size, stop there. If you'd like them smaller, cut the spears in half lengthwise again.

Of course, this refrigerator dill pickle recipe would also work well with cucumber slices instead of spears.

How to Make Dill Pickles In the Refrigerator

overhead view of Dill Pickles in a jar

You'll be shocked by how easy it is to make refrigerator dill pickles at home. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

Bring the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool completely. Combine the remaining ingredients in a lidded, refrigerator-safe container. Pour the vinegar mixture into the container, seal tightly, and refrigerate for at least three days before enjoying.

Ways to Use Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Chicago-Style Hot Dog
Pictured: Chicago-Style Hot Dog. bd.weld

Recipe creator Tammy Gulgren suggests serving these refrigerator dill pickles with hot dogs or hamburgers, but they also make a fantastic snack right out of the jar. Looking for even more delicious inspiration? You could also use your homemade pickles in one of these fun, flavorful recipes:

· Chicago-Style Hot Dog
· Bacon-Wrapped Pickles
· Air Fryer Spicy Dill Pickle Fries

How Long Do Refrigerator Dill Pickles Last?

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Refrigerator pickles don't last as long as their canned counterparts. Stored in a tightly sealed container in the fridge, they should stay good for about one month. But you'll likely finish them off long before they expire!

Nicole's Best Refrigerator Dill Pickle Tips

Culinary producer Nicole McLaughlin (a.k.a. Nicole McMom) has her own tried-and-true secret refrigerator pickle recipe — and she says this top-rated recipe is pretty darn close to perfection. Here are some of her favorite tips and tricks for perfect pickles every time:

· Opt for cucumbers that are small and bumpy instead of large and waxy. Look for cukes labeled "Kirby" or "pickling cucumber."
· Cut the cucumbers depending on how you like to enjoy your pickles. Since Nicole likes them for snacking, she keeps the rounds on the thicker side — they stay extra crunchy that way. You can also cut them slightly thinner or in spears.
· This is a great base recipe that can be kept simple or adapted to suit your taste preferences. Nicole adds peppercorns for a bit of bite, but some people like to toss in jalapenos for a spicier pickle.
· The longer the pickles sit in the brine the more flavorful they'll be. So, while it's perfectly fine to enjoy them the next day, Nicole suggests waiting two to three days for optimal flavor.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Wow, these pickles are so good and so easy to make," raves debbo67. "Key things to remember are to cool the vinegar mixture completely and make sure the cucumbers are very cold for extra crispiness."

"I've tried many refrigerator pickle recipes and this one has the best balance of vinegar, sweet, salty, and garlic," according to SueBee.

"These are the best pickles I've ever had — and extremely easy to make," bfunk215. "I doubled the recipe, and had to use fresh baby dill as it was the only thing I had. Also added a little celery seed and some peppercorns to the brine."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 3 ½ cups water

  • 1 ¼ cups white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

  • 4 cups cucumber spears

  • 2 cloves garlic, whole

  • 2 heads fresh dill


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    a top down view of all ingredients to make dill pickles, gathered in small bowls on marble counter

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  2. Stir water, vinegar, sugar, and sea salt together in a saucepan over high heat; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and cool completely.

    a top down view of water, vinegar, sugar, and sea salt together in a saucepan.

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  3. Combine cucumber spears, garlic cloves, and fresh dill in a large glass or plastic lidded container.

    2 glass ball jars filled with sliced cucumbers, garlic and fresh dill

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  4. Pour cooled vinegar mixture over cucumbers, garlic, and dill.

    water, vinegar mixture being poured into two glass jars with sliced cucumbers, garlic and fresh dill.

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  5. Seal container with lid and refrigerate for at least 3 days.

    low angle looking at dill pickles in mason jars on a marble counter


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

13 Calories
0g Fat
3g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 13
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 86mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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