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Easy Homemade Pickles

Spicy-sweet homemade refrigerator pickles. You might want to make 2 batches. These crunchy little dills with a bite will be gone before you know it.


Jar of homemade quick pickles with fresh dill flowers next to it

Easy Homemade Pickles, FTW!

Good friends and fun-filled days on the farm are what summer days are made of! When out of town guests visit for the weekend, they often request a trip to the Farmer’s Market, and we are always more than happy to oblige. We're always game for stocking up on in-season pickling cucumbers for whipping up a quick and easy batch of these sweet and spicy homemade refrigerator pickles. Because we're never ones to neglect our taste buds, these homemade pickles made with some beautiful fresh pickling cucumbers were prepared as soon as we returned home.

ingredients for easy homemade pickles; cucumber slices, onions, jalapenos, peppercord, coriander and dill
mortar and pestle grinding fresh pickling spices

Intimidated By Pickling?

Don’t be. There are many different ways to pickle with varying results, but quick pickling is easy and can result in a really tasty finished product without all the fuss. For these homemade sweet and spicy refrigerator pickles, that’s just the method we used. It’s an easy recipe that we think is simply the best!

A pot of pickling spices and brine with vinegar and ladle next to jar of sliced cucumbers

What Are The Different Types of Pickles?

For the most part, pickles can be divided into three categories: Dill, Sour, and Sweet. And if you ask just about anyone, you’re sure to hear that not all pickles are created equal. Throughout our culinary journey we've found pickles to be one of the more divisive foods. And while we can’t promise that this recipe will win over the most ardent of pickle haters (but really it will), we can guarantee that they are sure to please just about everyone else as they’re the loveliest combo of sweet, spicy, and tangy, making them ideal for topping burgers, in tuna or potato salad, on a deviled egg, or just crunching solo.

onions, homemade pickles, fresh dill and jalapeno packed into a glass pickle jar
easy homemade pickles in a glass jar

How Long Do Quick Pickles Take To Make?

Great question! Many people think of pickling as a really tedious and involved process (and it certainly can be), but these are quick pickles. After just 24 hours in their brine, they’re ready to be enjoyed. Can we get an amen?

Are Pickles Good For Your Health?

They certainly can be. The longer the pickle is allowed to ferment, the more “good bacteria” can grow, which is incredibly helpful for gut health. Not to mention, cucumbers in some vingary brine is about as innocent a snack as there crunch away!

easy homemade pickles in a jar

Tools You Will Need To Make Homemade Pickles.

Farmer's Market Pickles.

For more really simple and tasty pickle-forward recipes, be sure to check out these previous posts for inspiration:

jar of easy homemade pickles with fresh dill
plate of homemade pickles with a fork

Are You a Homemade Pickle Lover Now?

We’re crazy for this recipe, and we think you will be, too! Snap a photo of your easy homemade pickles and maybe even a video of you making them! Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

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Slightly Sweet & Spicy 24 Hour Pickles

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  15 min
  • Calories: 30


  • 1½ pounds pickling cucumbers, washed, ¼-inch thick rounds
  • ½ sweet onion, ½ -inch sliced
  • 2 serrano peppers, quartered lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons mixed whole peppercorns
  • 1½ cups raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons kosher salt


  1. Divide the cucumbers, onion and peppers, between 2 quart size Mason jars (with tight fitting lids). Add 1 teaspoon dill to each jar.

  2. Using a mortar and pestle or resealable plastic bag and mallet, crush the mustard seeds and peppercorns.

  3. Add the crushed spices, vinegar, 1 cup of water, sugar and salt to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Using a ladle, carefully divide the hot mixture into the jars, evenly dispersing the seeds and peppercorns (see Note).

  4. Let cool, uncovered, on the counter for 30 minutes. Secure the jars with lids and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Note: The cucumbers should be fully submerged in liquid. If not, add equal parts vinegar and water until they are completely covered.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories30
  • Protein0 g
  • Carbohydrates7 g
  • Total Fat0 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium160 mg
  • Total Sugars6 g

Easy Homemade Pickles

Questions & Reviews

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  • Potatopanda

    How to make dill? Pls! Tysm!

    Just add fresh dill and take out the sugar and spice.

  • Jenn

    These were a fun project and super delicious!

    Yay, happy you enjoyed them, thanks for trying them out!