Easy Dill Refrigerator Pickles

Refrigerator pickles are a quick, homemade recipe and the perfect way to enjoy your favorite garden cucumbers!

Fresh cucumbers are sliced or cut into spears and soaked with dill and garlic in an easy pickle brine!

Refrigerator Pickles in a jar

Why We Love Refrigerator Pickles

Garlic dill refrigerator pickles are easy to make and the recipe can be easily tweaked for a spicy or sweet version!

Tweak the brine to make it your own, add more vinegar for a punch for more sugar to make Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles.

These pickles are pretty much effortless, ready to eat within a couple of days and everyone loves them!



Fresh, small cucumbers are perfect for this recipe! Any size of cucumbers will work, just be sure to cut all the pieces evenly to fit inside the jars.


Fresh dill, garlic, salt, and pickling spices give these cucumbers some zesty flavor! Salt helps to draw out moisture from the raw cucumber so that it can be replaced by the flavors of the seasoned brine.


It is used to ‘pickle’ the cucumbers. I used white, but try apple cider vinegar if that’s what you have on hand!


Adding a little bit of sugar brings some sweetness to this dish since it has so much acidity.


For a spicy version, add some chili flakes or habanero peppers! Feel free to put in sprigs of dill or sun-dried tomatoes; jalapenos or even red onions!

pouring water and vinegar mixture in a jar with pickles to make Refrigerator Pickles

How to Make Refrigerator Pickles

  1. Boil water with vinegar, salt, sugar, & peppercorns, allow to boil for one minute. Remove from heat & allow to cool completely.
  2. Wash cucumbers & slice ½ inch thick or cut into spears.
  3. Divide garlic & dill over 3 large mason jars. Add cucumbers & top with cooled brine mixture.
  4. Seal jars & refrigerate at least 3 days before serving.

I try to shake or turn my jars each day if I remember!

cut up Refrigerator Pickles in a jar

How Long Do They Last?

Because these easy refrigerator dill pickles are brined in vinegar, they will last just as long as store-bought pickles do! As long as they stay submerged in the brine, they will stay crispy and flavorful!

Serve them on burgers, a charcuterie board, or chopped up and put into a dill pickle coleslaw or added to a veggie tray!

More Uses For Pickles

Did you love these Refrigerator Pickles? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

Cucumbers in a jar with dill , garlic and spices to make Refrigerator Pickles

Refrigerator Pickles

Homemade dill refrigerator pickles are the perfect summer treat!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 72
Author Holly Nilsson


  • 2 pounds cucumbers small
  • 10 sprigs dill fresh
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spices
  • 2 ¾ cups water
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt


  • Cut cucumbers into quarters.
  • Place cucumbers, dill, garlic, and spices in jars.
  • Bring water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil until dissolved. Cool 15 minutes.
  • Pour over cucumbers and cool completely.
  • Place lids on jars and refrigerate at least 2 days or up to 1 month.


Calories: 72 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 672mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg
cut up Refrigerator Pickles in a jar after pickling with a title
cut up Refrigerator Pickles in a jar with writing
Refrigerator Pickles cut up in a jar with a title
Refrigerator Pickles in jars before and after pickling with a title

Deal Storm
Login/Register access is temporary disabled