Side Dish | December 10, 2020

Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe

Crunchy cucumber spears pickled in a brine of dill, garlic, and spices. This Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe is one that you’ll go back to over and over again, for its ease and for its amazing flavor!

An overhead shot of homemade pickles in a jar. There is a fork resting on the rim of the jar.

What Is A Garlic Dill Pickle?

A “dill pickle” is a cucumber that has been preserved in brine or vinegar flavored with dill seed.  You can pickle a variety of vegetables but pickled cucumber are given the name of “pickles”. In this recipe we are pickling cucumbers with dill and garlic for a spicy rich flavor.

Garlic dill pickle recipe in glass hinged jars. The jars are set in a row.

What Do I Need To Make This Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe?

For this recipe you’ll need the following:

  • 6 large cucumbers
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp corse salt
  • 1 tbsp pickling spice
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh dill

A bowl of cucumbers with spices in small bowls surrounding it.

How Do You Make Dill Pickles From Scratch In Your Refrigerator?

The process for making refrigerator pickles is really easy. You’ll be surprised at how simple it is, and how delicious these pickles turn out.

1. Slice cucumbers into spears, place in the jars you will be refrigerating them in.  I like to use quart sized, wide mouth jars – but your favorite jar will work.  Cut cucumbers to fit into the jars.

2. In a saucepan add water.

3. Pour in vinegar.

4. Add sugar.

How to make dill pickle brine.

5. Sprinkle in salt, pickling spice, and red pepper flakes.

6. Add in fresh minced garlic.

7. Add in chopped fresh dill.

8. Stir together and simmer just until the sugar dissolves.

How to make dill pickle brine.

9. Pour prepared brine into jars, making sure to cover the cucumbers completely.

10. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours. Transfer to the refrigerator and let sit for 10 days.

How to make dill pickle brine.

Variations

As I mentioned before,  we commonly call pickled cucumbers, “pickles”, don’t let that limit your imagination.  You can pickle practically anything!  A few ideas are

  • asparagus
  • green beans
  • zucchini

Just make sure everything you use is really fresh and crisp! Use this same recipe and pickle away!

2 glass hinged jars filled with Garlic dill pickle recipe. One is set in from and the other in the background.

Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe Q&A

How long do garlic dill pickles last?

 These pickles will keep in your fridge for 2 months of enjoyment.

Are pickles good for you?

Researchers guess that probiotics in fermented foods boost the production of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a chemical messenger in the brain that has the same effect as anti-anxiety medications.

Can I use this recipe with other vegetables?

Yes – you can pickle a variety of vegetables.  Try asparagus, green beans, zucchini, and other crisp in season veggies.

A close up of garlic dill pickle recipe in a glass hinged jar. The jar is open and pickles are poking out.

Give As A Gift!

This garlic dill pickle recipe would make a unique and easy neighbor gift. Try wrapping the jar with ribbon or twine and giving a jar of pickles to a friend.  

The Christmas pickle is a  Christmas tradition for some Americans. A decoration in the shape of a pickle is hidden on a Christmas tree, with the finder receiving either a reward or good fortune for the following year. The origin of this tradition is believed to be a myth, but it is still fun.  Gifting pickles would be a fun twist on this tradition.

3 jars filled with pickles. Two of the jars are in the background while one is in focus. There is a small bowl of pickling spice to the side.

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Two glass jars filled with dill pickles. One is open with a fork inserted.

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An overhead shot of homemade pickles in a jar. There is a fork resting on the rim of the jar.
Refrigerator Pickles
Prep Time
15 mins
Sit
10 d 2 hrs
Total Time
10 d 2 hrs 15 mins
 

Crunchy cucumber spears pickled in a brine of dill, garlic, and spices. This Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe is one that you'll go back to over and over again, for its ease and for its amazing flavor!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade pickles
Servings: 24
Calories: 28 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 12 mini cucumbers or 6 full sized cucumbers
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cups white vinegar
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp pickling spice
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh dill minced
Instructions
  1. Slice cucumbers into spears (4 quarters long ways), place in the jars you will be refrigerating them in.  I like to use pint sized, wide mouth jars - but your favorite jar will work.  Cut cucumbers to fit into the jars. If using pint sized jars you will be able to fill 3-4 jars.

  2. In a saucepan add water.
  3. Pour in vinegar.
  4. Add sugar.
  5. Sprinkle in salt, pickling spice, and red pepper flakes.
  6. Add in fresh minced garlic.
  7. Add in chopped fresh dill.
  8. Stir together and simmer just until the sugar dissolves.
  9. Pour prepared brine into jars, making sure to cover the cucumbers completely.
  10. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours. Transfer to the refrigerator and let sit for 10 days.
Nutrition Facts
Refrigerator Pickles
Amount Per Serving (2 spears)
Calories 28 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 230mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 347IU7%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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