Quick Dill Pickles

Quick dill pickles. And we do mean quick. Not just in terms of how soon they disappear but in terms of how long—or short—you have to wait before you can crunch your way to happiness.

Quick Dill Pickles Recipe

Quick dill pickles. One taste of these homemade lovelies and we dare say you’ll never, ever go back to store-bought. Rightfully so.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Why Not Use Regular Cucumbers For These Quick Dill Pickles?

When making dill pickles, try to seek out the relatively diminutive Lebanese, Turkish, and Persian cucumbers. They work soooooooo much better than standard full-size cucumbers. Why? They’re less watery and so the resulting pickles hold their crunch vastly better. If you don’t have these varieties in your backyard garden, you’ll find them at some farmers markets and supermarkets and most Middle Eastern markets.

Special Equipment: A couple 1-quart (946 ml) jars with lids and rings (ideally, the jars will be tall enough for the cucumbers to stand vertically inside the jars)

Quick Dill Pickles Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 D
  • Makes two 1-quart (946-ml) jars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar (177 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt (about 40 g)
  • 3 tablespoons superfine sugar (37 g) or simply blitz granulated sugar in a food processor until finely ground but not powdery
  • 1 1/4 cups cold water (296 ml)
  • 8 small Lebanese, Turkish, Persian, or Kirby cucumbers, halved lengthwise (500 to 1000 grams, depending on the size of the cucumbers)
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved (about 20 g)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coriander seeds (8 g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds, yellow or brown (5 g)
  • 10 sprigs of dill (24 g)

Directions

  • 1. Wash the jars, lids, and rings with hot soapy water. Then fill your largest stock pot with the jars (not the lids) and enough water to cover the jars by 1 inch (you may need to do this in batches). Bring water to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Carefully drain the water out of the jars and transfer them to a clean towel using a jar lifter or tongs.
  • 2. In a medium nonreactive saucepan over medium heat, warm the vinegar, salt, and sugar, stirring, until the sugar and salt have dissolved, about 10 minutes. Pour the brine mixture into a bowl and whisk in the 1 1/4 cups cold water. Let the brine cool to room temperature, 30 to 45 minutes. If not making the pickles right away, cover and refrigerate until needed.
  • 3. Divide the cucumbers between a couple 1-quart preserving jars that are tall enough to hold the cucumber spears vertically. Add half the garlic, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, and dill sprigs to each jar. Pour the brine equally over the cucumbers, topping off each jar with cold water if necessary to completely cover the cucumber spears.
  • 4. Seal the jars and, if you added additional water, shake each jar gently to mix. Stash in the fridge for at least 24 hours before noshing on the quick dill pickles. The flavors will mellow with time. You can keep them in the fridge for up to 10 days—although we doubt they’ll last that long.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

Jenny Latreille

Aug 28, 2017

I have been looking for a good dill pickle recipe for some time now and this one is just perfect. I used 8 small cucumbers, quartered (577 g) with 4 large cloves of purple garlic (27 g), 1 1/2 teaspoons of mustard seeds and 10 sprigs of dill (24 g). The only thing that I changed was the amount of coriander seed; I love the flavour of coriander but I thought that amount might be overpowering. I used half the amount suggested and am pleased with the taste. I used 2 standard quart jars and the cucumbers fit exactly. I didn't need to add any more cold water to the jar as the amount of brine was sufficient to cover the cucumbers. After 24 hours, the dill pickles were good—still very crisp and fresh tasting if quite briny. After sitting a few more days, they are excellent. The flavors of the vinegar, garlic, and coriander mellow and the pickles are still crisp. This is a simple recipe for really great quick dill pickles and I look forward to making it again.

Irene Seales

Aug 28, 2017

These were the best refrigerator pickles I have ever made or tasted! I would not have believed you could make such a great dill pickle so quickly. Most refrigerator pickles or traditional ones tend to be bread & butter style, but these have perfect crunch and zing. I first sampled them at the 24-hour mark. Daily sampling was required and only the slightest softening was detectable by day 4, but they still had plenty of crunch and distinct flavor. While I am not a pickle expert, I am a lifelong pickle consumer, whether sampling my mother’s annual ribbon-winning pickles from living in a tiny town with the county fair deadlines on every homemaker’s calendar or being allowed to select a pickle out of a huge wooden barrel at Con Brown’s, a newsstand and saloon that was the center of our community.

In my area, we see Persian pickles, crunchy and small (maybe an inch in diameter and 5 to 6 inches long) and so you probably will fit more than 8 in this batch (I used 10). The fresh dill works perfectly for this express-lane pickle. (My mother always used dry dill seed heads that we saved at the end of summer for her longer traditional canning which had the time to extract the flavor.) I think the crispness should continue to hold since you don’t expose the cucumbers to heat, but seriously, these will not last much longer. Persian cucumbers are a bit shorter and less bumpy or ridged than Japanese cucumbers. My local Lebanese/Syrian owned International Gourmet market sells the Persian cucumbers, and they are always nicer than the packaged ones at Trader Joe’s. I use them for all things cucumber.

Get out your largest stockpot for sterilizing the wide mouth quart and you still may need to lay the jars on their side. I could just fit two mason quarts side by side and covered in a very full 9-quart sauce pot.

Just reporting in that after several more weeks (just slightly under a month in the refrigerator), the pickles are still lovely. They are slightly less crisp than initially, but still lovely and fresh-tasting.

Melissa Maedgen

Aug 28, 2017

This is a tasty, quick version of a dill pickle with no lengthy fermentation period. The dill really comes through and the coriander is a nice note as well. There is just a hint of sweetness from the sugar. I used Kirby cucumbers instead of the Turkish or Lebanese cucumbers called for and, halved, they just filled two 1-quart jars. I waited about 3 days to taste the pickles. The amount of brine produced by the recipe, however, wasn't quite enough to cover the cucumbers, so I had to make additional brine at the last minute. I would recommend doubling the brine (the vinegar, salt, sugar, and water, but not the pickle seasonings), just to make sure you have enough to fill the jars. Other than that little glitch, this was an easy route to a nice pickle. Note that garlic sometimes will turn blue in pickles. Don't be alarmed! The garlic and the pickles are still perfectly safe to eat.

Chiyo Ueyama

Aug 28, 2017

I like these very traditional cucumbers that have a good crunch. They’re mild and fresh-tasting and would be a refreshing accompaniment to heavy entrees like barbecued ribs and hamburgers that are on the fatty side. I could easily eat a few of these dill pickles in one sitting. I was not able to find Lebanese or Turkish cucumbers, so I bought small ones (about 5-inches long and 1 1/4-inches in diameter) that were sold as “mini seedless.” Six of them (12 halves) fit perfectly in each jar. I needed to add about 3/4 cup water to each jar.

Mario Pileggi

Aug 28, 2017

As someone who really loves pickling, I was surprised to learn about the Turkish or Lebanese cucumbers that this quick dill pickle recipe called for, which worked much better than the traditional English cukes I've used in the past. As promised, this recipe delivered crisp and crunchy pickles with mellow notes of garlic, coriander, and mustard in the background. I prefer my pickles with a bit more of a punch so I will up the garlic next time I make these but have found a new staple recipe to keep in the fridge.

Paula D.

Aug 28, 2017

I used Persian cucumbers from the farmers market, prepared the quick dill pickles in the morning, and sampled one before dinner. They had a delicate flavor and are nicely crisp after 8 hours. I set them out and everyone commented on how good they were. They really liked the light, fresh flavor and the size and texture of the Persian cucumbers. They went fast! The first batch didn't make it to the 24-hour mark, so I added more cucumbers to the same brine and the next day they tasted the same but with a little more dill flavor. Very good! Great for the summer!

Comments

  1. What would be the process of making this into a relish? Would you want to food process/chop up the pickles before fermenting them? Or can you do it after? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Billy, you’d want to finely chop the cucumbers before adding to the brine. You could use a food processor, but you’d need a light touch, otherwise, you’d end up with cucumber purée.

  2. I’m still trying to find a recipe for new pickles or half sour. No vinegar. The new pickles were always served in the Greek diners on Long Island. They would give you a bowl of all types of pickles. Batampte brand (Jewish Brooklyn company) makes half sour & is sold in supermarkets. You have to get them when first made otherwise they will sour as time goes on.

    Is anyone familiar with new pickles? They are very green and crunchy.

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