An Uncomplicated Life Blog: How To Make A Quick Pickle


Monday, July 29, 2019

How To Make A Quick Pickle

Summertime is full of fresh veggies! Use this method to quickly pickle them to enjoy at cookouts or with cheese plates.

I love vegetables. Steamed, sauteed or even roasted in the oven. Sometimes, though, the traditional ways of making veggies gets old. Sometimes I have more green beans than I can stomach to eat steamed - again. A great way to use up all those summer veggies is with a quick pickle. It's a different flavor dynamic, and with the "quick" part, the vegetable retains some of it's crunch and freshness, but takes on some of the tang of the vinegar you soak it in. These are also called "refrigerator pickles" depending on where you're from, but I take that concept and expand it to ALL vegetables, not just cucumbers. They're so easy to make and go great with just about anything grilled. And... they require zero heat, so it's the perfect way to fix your vegetables in the summer. This is how easy it is to make a quick pickle.

The thing I love best about this method is how versatile it is. There's a basic "recipe" or method to follow, then you can switch up the details for whatever your main dish is, or for whatever occasion you're pickling the veggies for. For example, when I make these Greek chicken burgers, I use apple cider vinegar and dill. When I make Asian dishes, I add a little sugar and soy to the vinegar. It's really easy to adapt this recipe to whatever you're making so that the flavors work!

You can see in this recipe, I made a pickled onion to top off my Greek chicken burgers and quite frankly, it's what makes the dish.

What you need for a quick pickle:
- large mason jar (or container with a lid)
- raw, fresh cucumbers for traditional pickles or a mix of fresh, uncooked veggies (like carrot sticks, bell peppers, cauliflower, etc. for a variety of pickled vegetables)
- enough vinegar to fill your container half of the way full. My favorite vinegar is apple cider vinegar, but you could also use white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar
- 1 to two tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon dried herbs. I like to do:

  • dill with cucumbers
  • oregano for a mixed veggie pickle perfect for Italian sliders
  • cilantro for a mixed veggie pickle perfect for Thai dishes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce for Asian dishes

How to make a quick pickle:
Slice your fresh veggies into thin slices. The thinner they are, the faster the pickling effect will take place and the shorter their fridge life; the thicker you cut them, the pickling effect will take longer but they'll also hold up in the fridge for longer. If you want to make and eat them same day, I'd recommend cutting them super thin; if you have 24 hours to let them sit or want to keep them for a week or more in the fridge, cut them thicker. Pour the vinegar in your container and add your herbs/flavor elements. Stir or shake to distribute in the vinegar. Then add your veggies, cover, and let it sit on the counter for two hours, shaking or stirring occasionally. After two hours, they'll be lightly pickled and ready to eat! Move them to the fridge if you want them cold or to serve them later.

Thinly pickled veggies will last for a few days in the fridge. Thicker cut veggies will last for nearly two weeks. Although, I've never had them last longer than a few days because they're so good, we eat them all right away! You could use fresh dill, but I don't recommend leafy fresh herbs like basil or cilantro because they get really slimy. It's one instance when dried herbs are better than fresh.

How to make homemade pickled vegetables in less than 2 hours in your fridge
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That's how you make a quick pickle! Also called refrigerator pickles depending on what part of the country you're in. I love how easy it is - you literally throw things into a mason jar and let it sit on the counter and let the vinegar work it's magic for you. It really brightens the flavor of whatever dish you're making, especially grilled food and sandwiches. The perfect way to enjoy veggies this summer!


  1. These look delicious! I love making pickles. They are so easy and yummy!

  2. I like to can my veggies during the summer and I especially like to make pickles. My family can eat pickles as fast as I make them. Bread and butter pickles are delicious! I am saving your recipe to try with my next pick of cucumbers. I bet they are delicious!