Make Your Own Dill Pickles

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Got cucumbers?  If you do, then you can easily make this homemade dill pickle recipe in the refrigerator or on the countertop without any canning process needed. And I think it’s a pretty quick dill pickle recipe too because your pickles are ready to enjoy the very next day.

Another thing I like about this refrigerator dill pickle recipe is that it can be made in a small batch too. Just one cucumber at a time if that’s all you want to do!

A jar of homemade refrigerator pickles

Ingredients for H0memade Pickles

If you look at the ingredient labels of store bought jars of pickles, you might find things there that you want to avoid such as food dyes, sugar, or the ever mysterious “natural flavors”.  When you make your own dill pickles, you can control the ingredients for a more natural finished product. For this pickle recipe (which is a refrigerator pickle type of recipe), the cucumbers are flavored with dill, salt, pepper, garlic, and vinegar. Pretty simple!

Ingredients to make homemade 24 hour dill pickles

I usually make this recipe in a small batch – just one cucumber at a time – and the first step is to do a little slicing and dicing.

First, I cut my cucumber into 16 spears. I do this by cutting my cucumber in half crosswise, and then cutting each half into eight pieces. Then I dice up three garlic cloves too.

Ingredients for homemade dill pickles on a cutting board

Then I get a quart canning jar (I think the wide mouth canning jars work best) and start adding the ingredients. If using fresh dill, I use about ¼ cup and put some of it in the jar first with a bit of the chopped garlic.  Then I add in my cut cucumber pieces, and add the rest of the flavoring ingredients.  Then I top it off with distilled or filtered water (I usually use water from my Brita water filter pitcher). You’ll want to add enough water so that the pickles are just covered. Then put a lid on your jar. I often use these plastic screw-on lids for canning jars, but you can use the metal lids and a band too if you wish.

Making homemade pickles in a quart canning jar

Pretty easy so far, right? And depending on how patient of a person you are, this next part is easy too.

Let your jar of homemade pickles sit on the countertop for 12 hours. If it’s a very hot day and your house is warm, then I would suggest using the refrigerator. Otherwise I just do this on the countertop and they are fine. After the first 12 hours or so, I then tip the jar upside down (make sure the cover is on tight!) and let it set for another 12 hours (again, I just do this on the countertop). This distributes the flavors around a little bit again, and gets the other end of the cucumber spears fully soaked as they sometimes want to float up out of the water a little bit.

Once this brining portion of the process is complete, I keep the pickles in the refrigerator until we use them up.

A few more quick notes about the ingredients: If you don’t have (or don’t want to use) fresh dill in this recipe, you can use 1 tablespoon of dried dill instead. The dried dill makes a very tasty homemade dill pickle too! The one drawback of the dried dill is that the little pieces may stick to your finished pickles, but that’s a minor detail. I also prefer Kosher salt for this recipe as it’s a purer form of salt and has a larger grain, but you could also use table salt if that’s a more convenient ingredient for you.

Related Idea: Make Your Own Vegetable Broth

Taking a homemade dill pickle out of the jar

If you’ve never made your own dill pickles, this is a fun and easy way to give it a try. It makes a crisp and flavorful pickle, and you might never be satisfied with the store bought versions again!

Here’s the complete recipe:

Homemade 24 hour Dill Pickles (No Canning Needed)

Make your own dill pickles with this simple method that let's you soak sliced cucumbers with the addition of your own natural ingredients. This mixture can sit on the countertop or in the refrigerator for 24 hours while the flavors infuse, and then they're ready to enjoy!
Prep Time10 mins
Brining Time:1 d
Yield: 16 PIckles
Author: Beverly

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Dill Sprigs (lightly packed) (Or 1 Tbl Dried Dill)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Whole Peppercorns (about 25)
  • 3 Tbl White Vinegar
  • Distilled or Filtered Water
  • Quart Canning Jar with a Lid (I prefer the wide mouth type)

Instructions:

  • Begin by slicing your cucumber. I like to slice an average sized cucumber into 16 spears. Also finely chop the garlic cloves.
  • Place about half the fresh dill and some of the chopped garlic into the bottom of the quart canning jar.
  • Add the cucumber slices to the jar. You can add more of the dill during this step too.
  • Then add the remaining dill and garlic, and also add in the salt, peppercorns, and white vinegar.
  • Pour the filtered water over everything, adding just enough water to cover the contents of the jar.
  • Screw a lid onto the jar and then let the jar set for 12 hours. I just do this on my countertop, but you could also do this in the refrigerator.
  • After 12 hours, give the jar a little shake to mix things up a bit again, and then turn the jar over (make sure the lid is on tight!) and let it set for another 12 hours in this upside position.
  • At this point your cucumber slices should be infused and are ready to be enjoyed as pickles. Keep the jar in the refrigerator as you use up your pickles.

Notes:

It’s OK to remove some of the soggy fresh dill from the jar after the 24 hours of brining.
how to make homemade dill pickles

Note: This post was originally published on 8/11/14 and was updated 2/20/21. You may have seen this original picture floating around Pinterest!

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32 Comments

  1. With a super crop of gherkins that quickly got out of hand, I tried your recipe with the larger ones. Amazing and easy, am making more for friends. Thank you.

  2. A day later and we have super tasty homemade pickles. Easiest pickle recipe I’ve ever tried, 5 stars!

    1. That’s what I love about this recipe too – tasty pickles that don’t take a lot of time or effort!

  3. If you water can these, how long do you “boil” them?
    I just found your site and I hope you have a good and easy bread and butter pickle recipe on here.
    Your instructions are great and so far the recipes I’ve seen are easy and quick PLUS everyone seems to love them.

    1. If you were to adapt this recipe to water canning (using hot sterilized jars and lids and filling the jars with hot liquid), I would then process them in boiling water for 15 minutes.

  4. Beverly, I made your dill pickles this weekend and was not disappointed. They are the best tasting pickles I’ve had in a long time and really appreciate that they don’t have bad additives, and only a few ingredients. I made two bottles and gave one to my ex telling him to text as soon as he tastes one. I really am grateful you take the time to explain exactly what to do and I was amazed at the end result. The only change I will make next time is turning bottle upside down for the first twelve hours on my counter and then placing it right side up in the refrigerator in case of a leak.
    Love your site and all these ideas to make for myself .
    Thank you,
    Hilary

    1. Yes, I think if you leave enough head space in the jars, you could can them using a water bath method.

  5. Looks really delicious. I do have a question: the recipe seems like it calls for very little vinegar. Does this make the pickles “briney” enough? Thanks!

    1. Well, it was enough vinegar for my taste, but you could certainly add a little more vinegar if you prefer it for your taste.

        1. They will last in the fridge for many weeks. I tend to make just one jar at a time and we usually finish that jar within a month and it has always stayed good. However if I use fresh dill, I usually remove most of that from the jar after a week or so as it starts clinging to the remaining pickles. So if making multiple jars, I would say they should last in the fridge just fine for several weeks (maybe even several months), but I would suggest using dried dill, or removing some of the fresh dill after a week or so.

  6. I love this recipe! I use it all the time. I also use it for peppers, eggs, veggies. My daughters devour them!
    Thank you for sharing

  7. Thank you!! Thank you!!! I can’t stop eating these!! So so good!!!!!! I am not buying anymore soggy pickles!!! You are the best!! Thanks much!!

  8. I have used your recipe for 2 years, and even in the winter, I would buy fresh cucumbers and make my own dill pickles. Nothing in the store compares to this recipe!!!

    1. Yes, after the 24 hours you can fish out the dill weed if you wish. It might add a little extra flavor if you keep it in there, but the pickles should already be nicely flavored by that point anyway.

  9. These look great! Love seeing dill pickle recipes and love giving them a try at home! Can’t wait to give your recipe a try. Hopefully they turn out as good as yours! Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Awesome! Thank you. I will try putting the dried dill in an empty teabag or piece of cheesecloth before adding to the mix!

        1. I have store bought pickles in the refrigerator for months – and these seem to last the same. With the garlic, salt, and vinegar – I used Apple Cider Vinegary – they seem ‘preserved’ well enough