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Bowl of sweet and spicy cucumbers and vinegar

Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers and Vinegar

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  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 36 min
  • Yield: 2 cups of pickles 1x


Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers and Vinegar make the most delicious refrigeration pickles that only take about 5 minutes to make. This homemade pickle recipe is a great snack that takes up almost no room in the fridge!


  • 2 medium or 5-6 small cucumbers (Kirby are great), about 2 cups.
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons whole yellow mustard seed
  • 13 teaspoons red pepper flakes


  1. Prepare the cucumbers by slicing them how you like, spears or rounds both work great. Place them in a glass mason jar or a bowl.
  2. In a medium pan, add the water, vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, whole mustard seed, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  3. Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil and boil for one minute. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture over the prepared cucumbers.
  4. Let the cucumbers and vinegar mixture rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (though overnight is great, too) before enjoying.
  5. Keep pickles in the fridge, submerged in the brine, for up to a week.


  • Sometimes when I make this in the summer and I have jalapeƱos in my garden along with the cucumbers, I’ll sub in two diced jalapeƱos for the red pepper flakes. So delicious!
  • You can add a clove or two of fresh garlic (cut in half) to the brine if you like garlic pickles.
  • You can also add fresh or dried dill to taste.
  • You can substitute the peppercorns and whole mustard seed for pickling spice (here’s my homemade pickling spice recipe) if you like. Use a generous tablespoon of pickling spice for this recipe.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 1 min
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American