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Featuring sweet and spicy pickles with jalapenos.

Sweet and Spicy Pickles

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Pile these homemade Sweet and Spicy Pickles onto your sandwiches and burgers, seasoned with fresh dill, crisp jalapenos, and spices. This recipe is tastier and crisper than most store-bought brands, and so simple to prepare.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 cups 1x


  • 1 pound thinly sliced pickling cucumbers
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced (seeded is optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons whole yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 sprigs of fresh dill


  1. Slice the cucumbers and jalapenos, adding them to a large bowl.
  2. Heat up the water, vinegar, salt, sugar, pepper, mustard seeds, and dill in a saucepan over high heat until the mixture is simmering. Cook for a few minutes until the salt dissolves.
  3. Immediately pour the brine into the bowl with the jalapenos and cucumbers. Cover the bowl with a paper towel or two, pressing down against the liquid to keep everything submerged in the brine.
  4. Wait at least 30 minutes before serving, however, they will develop more flavor if allowed to sit in the fridge overnight. Transfer everything, including the brine, to a mason jar and store it in the fridge.


  • These quick pickles will be good for up to a month if left in a sealed container, refrigerated.
  • Make sure to place the paper towel, or another weight, on top of the pickles to keep them submerged during the initial 30 minutes.
  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Sauces & Salsas
  • Method: Pickling
  • Cuisine: Condiment
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