Dill Pickles

Learn how to make pickles at home! This easy 8-ingredient recipe yields crisp, tangy dill pickles that are a delicious snack or sandwich topping.

Homemade pickles

The first time I tried this dill pickle recipe, I wondered why on earth I’d spent so many years buying pickles at the grocery store. Sure, store bought pickles can be tasty, but these little guys take dill pickles to a whole new level. They’re super easy to make (the refrigerator does most of the work for you!), and they taste awesome. They’re crisp, tangy, and refreshing, with an addictive garlic-dill flavor. Most often, I eat them as a snack right out of the fridge, but they’re delicious on sandwiches and veggie burgers too. If you like dill pickles, you’re going to love this recipe.

Pickle recipe ingredients

How to Make Pickles

My method for how to make pickles couldn’t be simpler! Here’s how it goes:

  • First, slice the cucumbers. I usually make this recipe with Persian cucumbers, but small pickling cucumbers work here too. Slice them lengthwise into quarters to make spears, or thinly slice them horizontally to make dill pickle chips.
  • Then, fill the jars. Divide the cucumbers among 4 8-ounce or 2 16-ounce jars, and add fresh dill, halved garlic cloves, mustard seeds, and peppercorns to each jar of pickles.
  • Next, make the brine. I use a mix of water, white vinegar, sugar, and salt. If you’re not a sweet pickle person, don’t worry! The sugar doesn’t actually make the refrigerator pickles sweet. Instead, it balances the pungent vinegar and salt to create an irresistible sour pickle flavor. Heat the brine on the stove until the sugar and salt dissolve and pour it over the jarred cucumbers. Then, set the jars aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Finally, chill! This is the hard part! These guys aren’t ready right away – they need some time in the fridge to soak up the brine and become really flavorful. Dill pickle chips will be ready in 24 hours, while spears will take at least 48. They’ll keep in the fridge for several weeks, and they get better as time goes on. For best flavor, wait about 5 days.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Pickle recipe ingredients

Dill Pickle Recipe Serving Suggestions

These homemade pickles taste great on sandwiches, burgers, and more! Pile dill pickle chips onto veggie burgers, mushroom burgers, cauliflower po’ boys, black bean burgers, or BBQ jackfruit sandwiches at your next cookout. Alternatively, serve spears alongside one of these sandwiches for a deli-style lunch:

If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, try adding your refrigerator pickles to a salad. I love to toss diced dill pickles into my Easy Macaroni Salad.

Last but not least, they’re delicious on their own! Enjoy them straight out of the fridge for a tangy, refreshing snack.

dill pickles

More Favorite Homemade Pickles

If you love this dill pickle recipe, try making pickled jalapeños, pickled red onions, or banh mi pickles next!

Dill Pickles

rate this recipe:
5 from 121 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 min
Chilling Time: 1 d
Serves 16
Learn how to make pickles at home! They're crisp, tangy, and refreshing - a perfect snack or sandwich fixing.

Ingredients

  • 12 to 14 Persian cucumbers or 8 to 10 pickling cucumbers
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorns
  • a few good-sized dill sprigs, per jar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt

Instructions

  • To make dill pickle spears, slice the cucumbers lengthwise into quarters. To make dill pickle chips, thinly slice them horizontally.
  • Divide the cucumbers among 4 (8-ounce) or 2 (16-ounce) jars. Divide the garlic, mustard seeds, peppercorns, and dill sprigs among each jar.
  • Heat the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly and pour over the cucumbers. Set aside to cool to room temperature, then store the pickles in the fridge.
  • Pickle spears will be lightly pickled in 2 days, but their best flavor will start to develop around day 5 or 6. Pickle chips will be lightly pickled in 1 day, and will become more flavorful every day after that. Store in the fridge for several weeks.

Notes

Pictured are these Weck jars.

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  1. Ginina from Cusp%20of%20Green
    09.07.2022

    I’m really excited to try this recipe! I’m making my foray into the at-home pickle-making game because my favorite store-bought pickles seem to be getting more expensive every time I go to the market! I’m like, “it’s cucumbers, people!”

    I came to Love and Lemons first because I’ve had wonderful success with some of your recipes so far, After discovering How to Cook Brown Rice I have not desired to buy microwave rice ever again! Also, Pinto Beans from Scratch literally taught me how to cook dried beans and opened up a whole new world.

    I have two questions. I read what you said in another comment about how keeping the pickles whole will require them to brine for a lot longer. About how long, would you say? What about halving the pickles? Whole are my favorite but if I don’t want to wait that long, approximately how long will it take if I cut the pickles in half? (I don’t like spears). I may try making halves in some jars and waiting for the wholes in other jars.

    My second question is, what to do about the sugar? I don’t want the pickles to be even a little bit sweet, so should I use less sugar?

    Thank you in advance. I’m so excited to make my first attempt at these!

  2. Ariel
    09.04.2022

    I’ve been using this recipe for years and it’s amazing! Crisp, crunchy dill pickles. My favorite! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.06.2022

      I’m so glad you’ve loved them!

  3. David Casey
    09.02.2022

    5 stars
    Every year all our friends and family start calling wanting to know if we made these yet, they are amazing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.06.2022

      Ha ha, I’m so glad they’ve been a hit!

  4. Jane Laramey
    09.01.2022

    5 stars
    how do you get rid of the bitter taste .when the cucunber is over ripen to make dill pickles.

  5. Darci
    08.31.2022

    I cannot wait to try these. I made two jars of chips with cucumbers from my garden. . One I followed your recipe exactly. The other jar, I changed up the spice mix with one that my grandmother used, still with dill and garlic.

  6. Jimmy Kay
    08.28.2022

    5 stars
    Wow, these turned out amazing. Great dill flavor with a slight sweetness. I can’t stop eating them!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.29.2022

      I’m so glad you loved them!

    • Joe
      09.03.2022

      5 stars
      Can you store these outside of
      The refrigerator after a few days?

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        09.06.2022

        Hi Joe, no, these are meant to be refrigerator pickles since these instructions don’t go through the whole canning process.

  7. Molly Zingler
    08.26.2022

    Wow. I made 6 pints yesterday and just had to make myself walk away from the jar I opened this morning! Super easy recipe and well worth the slicing of the cukes. I used pickle cukes and sliced about 1/4” thick. Heavy hand with the garlic and dill. Recipe is a keeper! I’m off to the farm stand for more pickle cukes!

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