Grandma’s Quick Pickled Cucumbers – Refrigerator Pickles

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These Quick Pickled Cucumbers with green onion are made in the refrigerator for a simple summer snack!

Try these recipes if you’re looking for more pickling options: Quick and Easy Refrigerator Pickled Banana Peppers, Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Onions and Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers and Vinegar

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Quick Pickled Cucumbers (Refrigerator Pickles)

When all the hard work of tilling, planting, weeding, watering, and more weeding a garden starts to pay off, I’m always astounded and thrilled by the buckets of fresh vegetables we get to play with! We usually have no shortage of green beans, basil, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, and cucumber. So, with all that fresh goodness, you’ve got to get creative in preserving some of it!

My grandma was a wiz in the kitchen and always created the most incredible recipes for her family of 13 kids (11 of whom were boys!), and I got this recipe for quick pickled cucumbers from her. She is an incredible woman, and thinking about her makes me happy. She’d create a simple brine and throw anything from the garden in — not just cucumbers, but onions, bell peppers, and whole cherry tomatoes, too.

It tastes like summer in a jar, and whether you’re an avid gardener or more of a grocery store frequenter, anyone can make these easy refrigerator pickles in no time.

Quick and easy pickled cucumbers with onion made in the refrigerator; our favorite way to use summer cucumbers!

Tips and tricks for making quick pickled cucumbers:

  • White vinegar is the traditional vinegar for this recipe and a great place to start. If you know that you like apple cider or rice wine vinegar they are also good.
  • These are delicious on our favorite pulled pork sandwiches (made easy in the slow cooker!), as a side for everything summer, and to eat for a snack. You can’t go wrong with this simple dish all summer long.
  • Want to add a little spicy? Toss in a jalapeno cut in half (delicious!).
  • I love these glass containers with lids to have things like this in my fridge. I also use a mason jar and one of these reusable lids really often.

What is the best vinegar for pickling?

Most recipes call for distilled white vinegar — it’s clear, colorless, and has a mellow aroma and tart acidic flavor. But you can really use whatever vinegar you like and have on hand, like apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar. This recipe is flexible!

What can I pickle at home?

If you ask my grandma, you can pickle any vegetables you like! A few common ones to pickle are cucumbers (of course!), radishes, carrots, red onions, asparagus, jalapenos, cauliflower, and green beans.

How do you pickle something quickly?

To pickle something, you simply need to soak the vegetables in a vinegar brine. My brine calls for water, vinegar, sugar (optional), and salt, and you simply let the cucumbers rest in the brine in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them. Letting them sit longer helps the flavors develop more, so an overnight soak is ideal, but they’re also fine to eat right away!

How long do pickled cucumbers last?

These pickled cucumbers will last about a week in the fridge. The longer they stay in the fridge the less crisp they become. 

What is the best cucumber for pickling?

You want to choose a cucumber that has thicker skin.The thick skin helps the cucumber to stay crunchy. Stay away from the English cucumber because the skin is too thin.

Quick and easy pickled cucumbers with onion made in the refrigerator; our favorite way to use summer cucumbers!

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4.96 from 66 votes

Quick Pickled Cucumbers – Refrigerator Pickles

Quick and easy pickled cucumbers with onion made in the refrigerator; our favorite way to use summer cucumbers!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 cups of pickles


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar, (apple cider, white, and rice wine are all good)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, optional
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • sliced garden cucumbers, (about 2 cups)
  • sliced onion or green onion, (about 1/2 cup)
  • additional vegetables as you like, (bell pepper, whole cherry tomatoes, etc.)


  • In a small bowl add the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir to combine and until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the cucumber and onion. Taste and adjust the ingredients to your liking.
  • All the cucumbers should be covered in the brine, if you have lots of cucumber or are making a big batch, make more brine.
  • Let the mixture rest in the fridge until you are ready to eat. The flavors develop over time, so an overnight soak is great but mine are normally gone by dinner.



  • I love adding the sugar and my mom does too, but my grandma doesn’t add that much (she only adds a few teaspoons). I say try it and see what you like.
  • White vinegar is the traditional vinegar for this recipe and a great place to start. If you know that you like apple cider or rice wine vinegar they are also good.
  • You really can’t mess this up. Just adjust to taste and enjoy!
  • The pickles will last at least a week in the fridge but get less crisp as time goes on.
  • You can reuse your brine a time or two, just add more cucumbers!


Serving: 1 of 12 servings, Calories: 14kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 0.05g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.002g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002g, Sodium: 196mg, Potassium: 40mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 16IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.1mg
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Aren’t my baby onions cute?! They were the first I pulled and they are tiny… I think I’ll wait another month or two before I pick any more so they aren’t quiet so itty-bitty.

You’ll be in pickle heaven with this quick pickled cucumber recipe that comes together quickly in the fridge with minimal effort!

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  1. 5 stars
    Some people need to study the ingredients. There is no reason to complain about a basic recipe. Use your head and add what you like. I add fresh dill, a halved garlic clove, pickling spices and fresh dill. Best pickles ever!! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I now love pickles again ❤️

    1. I am from SG, I found your web page online, followed the instructions, I used HEINZ All Natural Distilled white vinegar and slim cucumber.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It’s the same one my wonderful mother-in-law shared with me 50 years ago. We love it and have some kind of pickled vegtable with almost every meal(cucumber & onions, beets, peppers, garden vegetable mix, cauliflower and of course sauerkraut!). I can’t wait to try your other recipes as well. Many Blessings.–Robin

  3. 5 stars
    I used this recipe to make quick pickles for the very first time. They turned out great, and it was very easy for a beginner. Thank you very much.

  4. I think it’s perfect but you’re free to fix it! The onions are amazing, add more vinegar or salt, slice up a jalapeno.

  5. 5 stars
    I read some comments from people who don’t seem to know how this type of pickle is supposed to turn out. This isn’t the kind you would can in Mason jars, for long-term storage, like the pickles you buy in the store. This is more like a marinade. I’ve been eating this type of pickled veggies my whole life and they are delicious. Your recipe is exactly what it is supposed to be! Great work!

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! I looked and looked for a quick pickle that didn’t require the liquid to be boiled. The name is is a good fit. This is the way my grandma and mom made pickled vegetables. They used cucumbers, sweet onions, and tomato slices. They also put some fresh ground black pepper in. My grandparents had a farm many years ago and the ingredients were those delicious, heirloom varieties of veggies, right out of the field.

  7. 4 stars
    One step you aren’t making, but should, is actually the first step after you’ve cut the Cucumber, is to add some salt on top of the slices in a colander, and squeeze all the slices, to get their water content out and the salt in, which is what will give them that real crispy bite that they need, and then let them sit for 30 minutes, before rinsing them, and then continue to add them to the brine 🙂

    Also to your brine, you should add a teaspoon of whole pepper corns 🙂

    A really old classic recipe is the 1:1:1 ratio of just water, vinegar, sugar, which is also good, but variations are always interesting.

    1. You don’t even have to use jars, just put them in whatever container fits in your fridge well.

    2. 5 stars
      Thank you. I had extra pickle cucumbers ran out of pickle brunette and had no idea what to do with them. This is great as is!! Stay awesome!!

  8. 5 stars
    I may or may not have made a jar of these this morning.
    And I may or may not have eaten the entire jar this evening.