No Cook Refrigerator Pickles

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No Cook Refrigerator Pickles are tart, crunchy, and perfectly sweet. This easy refrigerator pickle recipe uses spices and vinegar to make crispy quick pickles that last for months in your fridge!

jar of no cook bread and butter pickles with three cucumbers on a floral napkin
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Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Fridge pickles are easy to make. All you need are some mason jars, new lids, and a few simple ingredients. You don't need any special equipment to make this quick pickle recipe.
  • Nothing could be more delicious. I never knew how good pickled vegetables could be until I made my own. Whether you cut the cucumbers into thick or thin slices...it doesn't matter! Homemade pickles are a great way to preserve nature's bounty.
  • Refrigerated pickles last for months! You can literally make them in 15 minutes and they'll last in your fridge for a long time (if you don't eat them first!).

What is a No-Cook Pickle?

A no-cook pickle means you don't have to go through the canning process. You just stack vegetables in glass mason jars and pour a simple brine over the cucumber slices (or whatever you're pickling).

Fasten the clean lids and bands and refrigerate overnight. In the morning you'll have crunchy pickles with a sweet and tangy bite.

What Types of Vegetables Can Be Pickled?

The thrill of being able to harvest fresh vegetables and enjoy them for months is so much fun. I've literally pickled every veggie I can get my hands on. If it grows, I've pickled it.

Squash, zucchini, okra, asparagus, fresh cucumbers, carrots, bell pepper, onions and tomatoes have succumbed to a brine bath filled with hefty herbs and spices. There's no limit to what you can do with this great recipe!

two jars of bread and butter pickles with lids and seals

Do I Have to Pressure-Can?

You could pressure-can these pickles, but I like to take the easy way out, which is one of the main reasons I love quick pickling.

It couldn't be faster to slice up some veggies and throw them in a jar with a vinegar brine. Plus, pickles stay crispy in the refrigerator for a long time.

This is such an easy recipe! The flavor of the brine packed into each mason jar will tickle your taste buds. You'll never want to eat store-bought again after you taste this simple refrigerator pickle.

Equipment You'll Need

Plan on purchasing several quart size mason jars, or pint size if you prefer something smaller. A canning funnel with a wide mouth is helpful when adding liquid to the jars. Kitchen tongs are not necessary but come in handy when stacking vegetables. A cutting board and sharp knife is also helpful for prep.

What's the Best Vinegar for Pickling?

It's important to use a vinegar that has at least 5% acidity and not to dilute the mix in order to ensure a safe pickling process. I like to use apple cider vinegar that includes 'the mother' which means it contains probiotics.

One of the most popular vinegars to use is distilled white vinegar. Advantages of using white vinegar include less discoloration of vegetables, and it's usually over 5% acidity. It also doesn't affect the flavor of the veggies as much as other vinegars tend to do.

Sometimes I use a combination of both apple cider and white vinegar which gives the sliced cucumbers a tangy flavor.

cucumbers, onions and red peppers in a mason jar on a slate table with blurred background

Types of Spices to Use

This is the fun part. You can add whatever seasonings you like to these veggies, including herbs like fresh dill weed, thyme or even rosemary and oregano. If you like hot sauce, throw in some cayenne or sriracha. My recipe includes spices I had on hand in my spice cabinet which is another great perk!

Some people use pickling spices instead of mixing a bunch together. I made up my own secret recipe of garlic cloves, celery seed, turmeric, ground cloves, salt, sugar and a dash of red pepper flakes.

cucumbers, red pepper and onions cut on a cutting board

How to Make No Cook Refrigerator Pickles

This recipe makes a small batch of bread and butter pickles that fit in a 1 quart mason jar or 2 pint size jars. Follow these easy steps for best results...

Start by gathering your canning jars and lids. Wash glass jars well, then dry. It's important to start with a clean jar and to always use new bands and lids.

Cut up pickling cucumbers and vegetables with a sharp knife. Layer vegetables in quart jars, or use two pint jars.

single jar of cucumbers, onions and red peppers on a white background

Mix sugar with hot water and stir about 3 minutes until sugar dissolves.

Combine vinegar, garlic, celery seed, mustard seed, turmeric, ground cloves, salt, and a dash of red pepper flakes in a large glass bowl. Add the sugar water and mix well.

This creates your basic brine. If you want the pickling process to go faster, heat up the brine before pouring over vegetables.

Ladle vinegar brine over vegetables in mason jar. Leave about a ½ inch headspace to allow room for air bubbles. You can use a funnel if needed. Shake the jar to distribute spices.

bread and butter pickles on a floral towel with a cucumber in front

Place lid and band on the jar and close tightly. Wipe any excess brine off of jar. Place sealed jars of sweet pickles in the refrigerator and cool a few days before eating. Shake well before serving.

Store no-cook pickles for up to 2 months in the refrigerator. The longer they sit, the better they taste.

Recipe FAQS

What's the difference between refrigerator pickles and canned pickles?

The refrigerated version is not processed in a water bath canner so they're not shelf stable. They must be kept in the refrigerator to avoid spoilage.

Do you have to peel the cucumbers?

No, that's the best part! The peels on the cucumbers add a nice crunch after they're pickled, so definitely leave them on.

What are the best cucumbers for pickling?

Homegrown cucumbers that come out of your own vegetable garden are the best option, but any type of pickling cucumber will do. The waxy ones at the grocery store are not the best choice since the wax doesn't allow the brine to get through.

Top Tips

  • Wash vegetables with a scrub brush before using.
  • Clean all jars and use new bands and lids.
  • Use a canning funnel to pour the brine into the jars if desired.
  • Turmeric is what causes the yellow brine to form.
  • For best results, wait 3 days before eating pickles to give them time to marinate.

Storage

Store no-cook pickles in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Remember that these jars must be refrigerated because they have not undergone processing.

This is a no-cook recipe. If you want to make the pickling process go faster, boil the brine for 3 minutes before adding to jar. Either way works, but if you boil the brine, the pickling will begin quicker.

What to Serve with Quick Pickles

I love this simple recipe that creates no-cook refrigerator pickles in just minutes. They come out crispy and full of sweet and spicy flavor every time. The best thing is that they can be made anytime you're having a pickle attack!

Bread and Butter pickles taste great on hamburgers, barbecue sandwiches and in classic potato salad. Try these recipes that go along perfectly with these yummy little appetizers...

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jar of no cook refrigerator pickles after being processed.

No Cook Refrigerator Pickles

No Cook Refrigerator Pickles are tart, crunchy, and perfectly sweet. This easy refrigerator pickle recipe uses spices and vinegar to make crispy quick pickles that last for months in your fridge!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings12
Calories: 84kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 large pickling cucumbers (cut in slices)
  • 1 sweet onion (cut in strips)
  • 3 small red peppers (diced)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider or distilled vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. celery seed
  • ¼ tsp. mustard seed
  • ½ tsp. dried turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. dried ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • dash or two of red pepper flakes (to taste)

Instructions

  • Wash vegetables as well as jars and lids. 
  • Slice vegetables and layer in a quart size mason jar, or use two pint size jars. Cucumbers can be sliced thick or thin to your preference.
  • Mix sugar with hot water and stir for about 3 minutes until sugar dissolves. 
  • Mix vinegar, garlic, mustard seed, celery seed, turmeric, ground cloves, salt, and a dash of red pepper flakes in a large glass bowl. Pour in sugar water and mix well to create the brine.
  • Ladle brine over vegetables in mason jar. Leave a ½ inch headspace. Use a funnel if desired.
  • Place lid and band on jar and close tightly. Shake jar to distribute spices.
  • Put pickles in the refrigerator and cool overnight before eating. The longer you wait to eat them, the better they will taste.
  • Store pickles for up to 2 months in refrigerator.

Notes

  • This is a no cook recipe. If you want to make the pickling process go faster, boil the brine for 3 minutes before adding to jar. Either way works, but if you boil the brine, the pickling will begin quicker.
  • This recipe makes a small batch that fits in a 1 quart mason jar or 2 pint mason jars.
  • If you use another type of cucumber, you will need to adjust the quantity. 
  • To ensure safety, always check vinegar levels to make sure they have at least 5% acidity. 
  • Substitute pickling spices for other ingredients if desired. 
  • Store pickles in refrigerator. They are not shelf stable. 

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    What are your thoughts about leaving out the sugar? I prefer a savory pickle versus a sweet one. Thanks for your advice!

    1. I think you could do that without any problem. I've heard that sugar helps the pickling process along, but maybe you could just add one or two tablespoons to see what happens. I've never made dill pickles, but I think I'll try it now!

    1. Thanks, Carol. These pickles turned out so great! I'm sure you'll get a batch before it's all over.

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