July 17, 2021

Deli-style refrigerator dill pickles

Bowl with refrigerator dill pickle spears and the full jar.

Easy and crispy deli-style refrigerator dill pickles are a delicious thing to have in your fridge this summer. They are perfect for sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and much more. 

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Pickles are a thing of beauty. I can't eat a sandwich or a burger without one (or two). Dill are my favorite and the crisper the better in my opinion. That's why I love these refrigerator pickles because the cucumbers are not cooked so they stay crisper than canned or jarred pickles.

I must warm you that they are completely addictive if you are a pickle fan like me! They are the perfect compliment to your favorite sandwich or summer burger! I want to grab one every time I walk past the refrigerator when I have them.

These pickles are made with pickling cucumbers which are small and crunchy. You can find them at farmers' markets and farm stands in the summer, or grow them in your garden if you have one. 

I've never made these particular pickles with larger cucumbers. I like the crunch and texture of the smaller pickling cucumbers.

Close-up of finished refrigerator dill pickles.

Note that these are refrigerator pickles so they are not preserved and are not safe for canning. These pickles are ready to eat after about 48 hours of brining, and they don't last forever. You should eat them within a couple of weeks. They don't have a lot of vinegar to really extend their shelf life.

If the pickles start to get soft/mushy or you notice any sort of mold or smell, they should be tossed. I put my pickles in one large half gallon jar and use a long fork to get them out. You can also use quart jars (3-4). 

You can adjust the spices to your liking. Feel free to add more red pepper flakes for a spicier pickle, or add more garlic cloves for more garlic flavor. 

Give these deli-style refrigerator dill pickles a try if you want to try some homemade pickles or find yourself with some small pickling cucumbers.

Jar of deli-style refrigerator dill pickles.

Yield: One half gallon jar
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Deli-Style Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Deli-Style Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Easy and crispy deli-style refrigerator dill pickles are a delicious thing to have in your fridge this summer. They are perfect for sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and much more.


  • 3 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons pickling/canning salt
  • 1 quart pickling cucumbers, cut into spears (quartered lengthwise with ends trimmed)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill seed
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns


  1. Put the water, vinegar, and salt into a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat the mixture stirring occasionally until the salt is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place the garlic, dill seed, dill weed, red pepper flakes, and black peppercorns into the bottom of a clean 1/2 gallon glass jar (you can use smaller jars, just divide the seasonings equally into each jar and add a garlic clove to each).
  3. Scrub the cucumbers well to remove all dirt. Trim the very ends off of each cucumber and cut into spears. Pack them into the jar - you want to fit as many as possible, but leave room to let the brine get into and around each spear. If you can't fit them all, that's okay.
  4. When the mixture is cool, pour it into the jar. All the cucumbers should be covered with brine. Top the jar with a lid.
  5. Place in the refrigerator and they will be ready to eat in about 48 hours.

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Finished pickles in a bowl in front of the jar.

Check out these other pickle recipes: 

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  1. I love dill pickles and these are so so so easy to make!

  2. So many cucumbers abounding this time of year, so a pickle recipe is perfect. I also share your love of dill pickles! Can't wait to try this recipe. :)

  3. I too love dill pickles. These look so fresh and crunchy, Amy.

  4. I saw your picture of this recipe on Facebook and was hooked. They look delicious. Absolutely on my gotta-try list!

  5. truthfully i'm not a big pickle lover. i'll eat them at a restaurant if they're on my plate, but i don't seek them out. these look amazing though!

  6. Refrigerator pickles are one of my favorite things to make with summer cucumbers! We are obsessed with pickles!

  7. Refrigerator pickles are one of my favorite things to make with summer cucumbers! We are obsessed with pickles!

  8. Hi Amy, oh your pickles look perfect, I usually make a batch every year. Love the herbs and spices you used.

  9. Oh my goodness, that is so funny that we both posted refrigerator dill pickles on the same week! Clearly we are on the same wavelength. =) Yours look awesome, and I'm glad to know that there's a fellow Amy who loves pickles as much as I do! =D

  10. Love pickles! And I love refrigerator ones -- pretty easy to make. These look terrific, and I love the seasonings. Really good stuff -- thanks.

  11. It's been ages since I've made pickles, but I've never made dill pickles. Yours look so crispy, just like I like them. I've go to give these a try! Thanks!

  12. I looovveee refrigerator pickles! So much easier than canning and just as delicious!

  13. I had a friend who just made pickles and I JUST decided to put it on my list to try. Saving this for when I finally get around to it!! I love me some pickles.

  14. I'm always ready for something new to do with the pickle crop. They sounds delicious!

  15. Yum!! Pickles are my fav! PINNED!

  16. YES! I need more refrigerator pickles in my arsenal! pinned : )

  17. YUM!! I love dill pickles but have never tried making them myself. What am I waiting for? haha These sound super yummy, love the added spices and herbs, too. Pinning to make before summer's over :D

  18. I'm pickling like a crazy woman right now - I have kerby cucumbers in the hundreds! Trying this tomorrow!!!

  19. Dear Amy, refrigerator dill pickles sound like a wonderful recipe to try this summer. I also love the crunchiness that some pickles have and would much rather enjoy these with my burger than the softer ones that have been sitting in their brine in the jars and on the shelves forever.
    Great summertime recipe idea!

  20. Can never have too many pickle recipes! And refrigerator pickles are the best -- pretty simple to make. Thanks!


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