Sliced, Spiced and Iced Refrigerator Sweet Dill Pickles

Total Time
168hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 168 hrs

Feeling a little lazy and not wanting to can, I was looking for a good recipe for chilled dill pickles, but couldn't quite find the exact recipe I wanted so I have adapted a recipe from Group Recipes and Epicurious to fit my needs. It's slightly sweet with the lovely taste of dill. I hope this fits your needs too! :) Cooking time is marinating time. Thank you for the inspiration coconutlime and Amelia Saltsman!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Evenly divide the garlic, fresh dill and sliced cucumbers among four wide mouthed pint jars.
  2. Before adding the mustard seed, red pepper flakes, peppercorns(if using) and dill seed, crush them slightly. You can use your hands, a mortar and pestle, or give then one quick whiz in the food processor(optional).
  3. In a saucepan, mix together vinegar, water, sugar, red pepper flakes, celery seed, salt, mustard seed and dill seed. Heat to just dissolve sugar, then remove and let cool. Use a funnel to fill each jar with the cooled brining liquid. The spices may float to the bottom, so use a spoon to evenly divide anything that is leftover into the jars. Cap tightly and refrigerate at least one week before eating. Enjoy!
  4. It was suggested you do this over a large bowl. The cucumbers start to float and displace liquid. Add the overflow back into the brining mixture before you fill up the next jar. No mess! :).
Most Helpful

Easy to make - When I eat them in a few days I'll let you know how they taste!! Edit: After over a month, they taste delicious, tangy and sweet. I prefer slightly less sweet so next time I might reduce the sugar. Not super crispy but not too soggy either.

Red Jenny October 14, 2011

My husband and I made 12 pints of these refrigerator pickles in about an hour. The brine is delicious, so I'm hoping the pickles will be really tasty -- just have to wait a week to find out. We quadrupled the recipe and have some leftover brine to use for another small batch. I didn't change much on the recipe: 1. Substituted 1 tsp. of refrigerated minced garlic for each of the garlic cloves. 2. Omitted the fresh dill sprigs. 3. Used 1 1/2 cups of sugar to achieve a sweeter taste. 4. Ran out of Dill Seeds, so I substituted Dill Weed. Used my electric food chopper to grind up the seeds, peppercorns, and pepper flakes. On the next batch, I'm going to slice the cucumbers thinner -- maybe 1/8" -- to try to achieve a hamburger sweet-dill slice. I'll report back to you in a week or so.

Tona C. July 21, 2011