Simple Refrigerator Dill Pickles

by Amy on 19 August 2015

Simple Refrigerator Dill Pickles | www.FearlessHomemaker.comI know what you’re thinking: Hmmm. That’s an … interesting? … picture of a plate of pickles. Listen, pickles are much stranger and more difficult to photograph than I realized they would be. But this recipe for homemade dill pickles is too delicious (and too crazy simple) to not share!

I have always been a lover of salty, crunchy snacks, much more so than sweet ones. Potato chips, popcorn, pretzels, olives, pickles — those are my go-to salty treats. And with fresh cucumbers growing in our garden this year, I realized I should try making homemade dill pickles. I was pleasantly surprised by how quick and easy they are to make — you simply make a basic pickling solution (vinegar, water, sugar, and salt), boil and cool it, pour it over cucumber spears with dill and garlic, and pop it in the refrigerator. Three days later, you have some FANTASTIC homemade pickles. They’re cold and crunchy and crisp and salty and dilly and wonderful.

And while my husband is not (and has never been) a fan of dill pickles, my daughter definitely inherited my love for them, and has generously helped me polish off each new jar of ’em. =)

Simple Refrigerator Dill Pickles |

Simple Refrigerator Dill Pickles

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3 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 cups white vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt
4 cups cucumber spears (from 2-3 cucumbers)
2 cloves garlic, whole
2 heads fresh dill


Stir water, vinegar, sugar, and sea salt together in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

Combine cucumber spears, garlic cloves, and fresh dill in a large glass or plastic container. Pour cooled vinegar mixture over cucumber mixture. Seal container with lid and refrigerate for at least 3 days.

Amy’s note: The original recipe states that these pickles will keep fresh in the refrigerator for about 6 weeks. We’ve always eaten them far more quickly than that, so I haven’t tested that personally. print this recipe print this recipe

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1 Amy (Savory Moments) August 19, 2015 at 5:42 am

I just posted a very similar recipe! We LOVE pickles (especially me) and crispy refrigerator pickles are definitely the best.

2 SaraLily August 19, 2015 at 8:28 am

I love pickles! I bet they’re hard to photograph but they’re not hard to devour!! 😉

3 vivian@sweetandwarm August 20, 2015 at 8:17 am

They were so delicious! I made 2 jars and now about to make more because I ate them too fast. I couldn’t find pickling salt so I used kosher salt & also fresh dill….THANK YOU for sharing :-)

4 Amy August 20, 2015 at 8:48 am

You’re so welcome, Vivian!

5 Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry August 21, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Your daughter is adorable with those pink tails. Dill pickles aren’t my fave but I think making them myself would change my opinion.

6 Marina @ Parental Journey August 24, 2015 at 9:40 am

Look at your little cutie! I am not sure Nela would eat pickles – she is such a picky eater – and it’s my fault :(

7 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel August 24, 2015 at 1:17 pm

I LOOOOVE making homemade pickles! So yummy! Yours look really good– especially when modeled by that cutie. <3 :)

8 Beth August 24, 2015 at 8:39 pm

The fearless toddler is as cute as can be! I must admit, though, that I’m with your husband when it comes to pickles.

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