10 Minute Fridge Pickles
Jun 05, 2021, Updated Nov 07, 2023
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10 Minute Fridge Pickles – delicious easy pickles you can make without canning – pop in the fridge for delicious fresh pickles, fast!
My husband loves pickles. I hate them.
Like, if pickles were the only thing left to eat on earth, I’d be one starving lady.
So when he requests pickles, I’m not all about slaving in the kitchen to make him some complicated canned pickles.
Luckily, I came up with a great, easy 10 Minute Fridge Pickle recipe that is a winner for both of us.
It’s been a huge hit on my site since 2010 – and is still going strong!
This recipe is awesome because it is truly customizable, crazy fast, and so easy!
Some garden fresh zucchinis and other herbs or other vegetables, vinegar, herbs, and other flavorings are all you need to make delicious and addictive pickles, fast – without canning!
These no canning easy pickles only get more flavorful after sitting a day or two – making them perfect to prep for a party, picnic, or to take to work for lunch!
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Easy Fridge Pickle Flavor Variations
I’m providing details on a base recipe to make amazing easy pickles without canning, but it only keeps getting better when you add other ingredients like:
- baby corn
- bell peppers
- piquillo peppers
- banana peppers
- truffle shavings
- lemon rind
- orange rind
- juniper berries
The sky is the limit when flavoring your quick pickles!
You can try all sorts of pickle flavor combinations for easy and delicious refrigerator pickles you can make without having to try complicated canning.
How To Cut Quick Pickles
Whether you like thick spears, whole cornichons, or pickle chips, this recipe is perfect for you!
Since we’re making a big batch of pickling spices and liquid, you can also cut cucumbers a variety of ways – like we did in photos here – to make quick cornichon pickles, quick pickle spears, quick sandwich pickles, and quick pickle chips – all in the same batch!
Quick Pickle Chips: Slice cucumbers into thin, round circles to make delicious snackable quick pickle chips!
You can cut your cucumbers as thin or thick as you like – we prefer thicker pickle chips for snacking, and thinner pickle chips for sandwiches, wraps, and burgers.
Quick Pickle Spears: Cut cucumbers in half, and then in fourths – if you want even skinnier pickles (if you’re using very large, wide cucumbers) – go ahead and slice into eighths.
Quick Sandwich Pickles: For quick pickles that are great on sandwiches, you will slice cucumbers lengthwise similar to how you would slice with a mandoline – in long, wide, and thin strips (instead of wedges for pickle spears) so the cucumber lays flat on sandwiches.
Quick Cornichon Pickles: If you have small cornichons (small, finger-sized cucumbers), you can toss in the whole cucumber for a quick cornishon pickle!
How Long Can You Keep Refrigerator Pickles
This recipe helps use up cucumbers and is safe to eat from the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
These pickles do taste better after a day or two in the fridge, but since we’re not using canning, they will only keep for about two weeks.
Use these tips to keep your quick pickles fresh and delicious:
- Store pickles in an airtight jar with lid securely tightened when not eating.
- Keep pickles in the refrigerator as often as possible.
- Add pickles to boiled liquid as fast as possible, and then refrigerate in jar immediately when cool enough to place in fridge.
Just a little bit of prep and a few basic ingredients and you’re set – no need for canning in this easy pickle recipe!
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If you love these easy refrigerator pickles you can make with fresh cucumbers or vegetables from your garden, please check out these other favorite fresh veggie recipes you’ll love:
What to Serve With Quick Pickles
In summer when cucumbers are fresh, we love serving quick pickles with all sorts of BBQ and grilled foods – pickles are great sandwich toppers or side dishes for ribs, burgers, steaks, and more!
You can find our complete BBQ recipe archives here.
Quick pickles are sour from their pickling liquid – and are not fermented.
Quick pickles can last up to two months in the refrigerator.
However if you put onions or shallots in your quick pickles, you need to consume within two weeks, as the onions and shallots only last two weeks.
Quick pickles are not fermented – and will go bad after two months in the refrigerator.
You can definitely skip sugar when making quick pickles. We like to use apple cider vinegar if not using sugar.
10 Minute Fridge Pickles Recipe
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- 2 lbs pickling cucumbers
- 2 cups thinly sliced onion
- 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- In a large pan, slowly bring vinegar and other ingredients (except cucumbers) to a gentle boil.
- Start slicing cucumbers into thin rounds.
- Place cucumbers into mason jars- fill as many in as you can fit.
- When vinegar and seasonings are gently boiling, pour into jars over cucumbers.
- If the vinegar and herb solution doesnt go all the way to the top of the jar, add some warm water.
- Place into the fridge and let sit overnight- or for best flavor a few days.
- These keep for up to 2 weeks!
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 5
Amount Per Serving Calories 76Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 135mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 15gProtein 1g
Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.