Sweet Refrigerator Pickles

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This old-fashioned sweet refrigerator pickles recipe is an easy-to-make pickle recipe that requires no canning equipment. It’s the perfect side to bring to a potluck or eat alongside a sandwich. It’s perfect for all of those garden cucumbers.

sweet refrigerator pickles

Sweet Refrigerator Pickles

I love taking sides like these refrigerator pickles to a potluck. They are always the hit of the party. No one can resist an old-fashioned bread-and-butter pickle, black-eyed pea salad, black bean salsa, or classic three-bean salad.

The pickles take me back to my childhood. I used to love it when my aunt would bring her famous bread and butter pickles to our family reunions. So, when I saw a recipe for homemade sweet refrigerator pickles and onions in an old church cookbook, I was all over it. And, let me tell you, they are absolutely delicious. They are also easy to make. Just slice, combine, pour, and refrigerate overnight for a delicious sweet pickle snack.

What You’ll Love About These Refrigerator Pickles

  • This recipe is an old-fashioned nostalgiac recipe that will remind you of the good old days.
  • These pickles will travel well. Already locked up in a can, they are ready to go to any summer party.
  • The perfect snack on a warm summer night
  • Use the cucumbers from your garden for this pickle recipe
  • A quick pickle recipe. These pickles will be ready the next day


  • sliced cucumbers – I used store-bought cucumbers. It took about four large cucumbers to fill a nine cup bowl
  • white vinegar – white vinegar is an old-fashioned staple used for just about everything in the good old days
  • granulated sugar – this will combine with the acidic vinegar and create a balance of sweet and tangy
  • green pepper – chopped. I love this ingredient because I think it is an unusual ingredient for a pickle recipe. It adds a delicious garden flavor
  • sweet onion – chopped
  • celery seed – A delicious addition to the brine
  • pickling spice – A blend of spices commonly used in making any type of pickles
  • salt

How to Make Sweet Refrigerator Pickles

Combine everything in a large bowl

making sweet refrigerator pickles

Mix to combine

making sweet refrigerator pickles

Divide the mixture and liquid evenly between three 16-oz jars or place them in a sealed container. The liquid will not fill the jar.

making sweet refrigerator pickles

Divide fresh dill between the jars

making sweet refrigerator pickles

and refrigerate overnight. They are even better after a few days.

sweet refrigerator pickles


Store refrigerator pickles for up to four weeks

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sweet refrigerator pickles

Sweet Refrigerator Pickles

Easy to make sweet refrigerator pickles
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
refrigerating 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 152 kcal


  • 3 16 oz. jars or covered container


  • 9 cups cucumbers sliced
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sweet onion chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp celery seed
  • 1 tbsp pickling spice
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • ¼ cup fresh dill optional


  • Combine everything in a large bowl
  • Mix to combine
  • Divide mixture and liquid evenly between three 16 oz. Jars or place in a sealed container. Liquid may not fill the jars 100%.
  • Optional: Divide fresh dill evenly between the jars
  • Refrigerate overnight. Let them pickle for at least 12 hours. They are even better after a few days.


Nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 1gFat: 0.5gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 1168mgPotassium: 172mgFiber: 1gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Easy, make ahead
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