How to Pickle Cucumbers Quickly

Good morning and happy Friday! Have you guys ever tried quick pickling? It’s different from normal canning in that it’s a much faster process, so you can pickle cucumbers (or other produce) quickly. Quick pickling only requires the produce to be in the brine for a short time, and there’s no need for the involved sealing/sanitization procedure that canning requires, either.

how to pickle cucumbers quickly

For this month’s McCormick partnership post, they challenged me to try one of their quick pickling recipes. Cool – I’d never tried to pickle anything at home before!

how to pickle cucumbers quickly

After perusing McCormick’s recipes, I decided on these Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles. Matt and I both love dill pickles, and Matt also loves spicy/garlicky stuff, so this was perfect!


Matt and I decided to double the recipe so we could bring a whole bunch of pickles with us to the beach last week for everyone to enjoy. The only thing we didn’t double was the sugar, since we ran out, and they still came out great, so I’d recommend doing that, too!

The recipe was really easy to follow, and I was surprised how quickly it all came together, especially compared to normal canning. I’ll definitely pickle more things at home now that I know how easy it is.


Just put all the ingredients (except for the cucumbers and garlic) in a pot…


And bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.


Then pour the liquid over the sliced cucumber spears and peeled garlic cloves!


We housed the mixture in our crockpot because we didn’t have a large glass bowl – it worked perfectly!


Then you simply cover it and put it in the fridge for a couple hours (or overnight) – and that’s it! Pickles for days.

how to pickle cucumbers quickly

The pickles were REALLY good – fresh, flavorful, a little spicy (from the crushed red pepper!) and garlicky.

how to pickle cucumbers quickly

Everyone at the beach last week loved them, too! They were the perfect side for our homemade BBQ feast. :)


Here are some other quick pickling recipes to try from McCormick. Next time, I think it would be fun to make one of the fruit recipes – or to experiment with some different veggies, like cauliflower or carrots! I like how they add herbs to complement pickled fruit. I bet rosemary and peaches would go nicely together…

Have you ever pickled anything at home before?Thank you to McCormick for sponsoring this post! If you missed my previous McCormick posts, check those out, too: How to Add Flavor to Meals Without Salt or Sugar, Lemon & Herb Fish Recipe, Mexican Shrimp Salad Bowl, and Braised Chicken with Dried Plums, Olives & Capers (<—new fave quick weeknight dinner).


  1. 1

    I’ve never tried pickling anything before because it always seemed like such a process, this makes it seem muchhh easier, thanks for sharing! Plus pickles are one of my favorite comfort foods. Do you know how long they would be good for in the fridge?? A week??

  2. 3

    SO fun!
    Last year my huney and I tried pickling. Turned out great! It was fun to buy the real dill weed at the farmers market.

    We also tried homemade peach vinegar…I was afraid to try that for fear of death. But it looked and smelled amazing haha! Thanks for this recipe!

  3. 4

    I absolutely love pickles and have always wanted to make my own…but I’ve been intimidated by the whole process. I’m glad to know there’s a shortcut available — these look great. Fresh and crisp!

  4. 5

    I have never tried to pickle cucumbers but I LOVE pickles. And this looks easy! I am going to try this. The more garlic, the better…ha!

  5. 7

    Pickled daikon radish is one of the best things I discovered in Korea. Now I can make it at home…if I can find a store here that carries daikon radish that is. Maybe I’ll have to try one of these recipes for homemade pickled carrots. That sounds great!

  6. 8
    Healthy Cyclist says

    Great recipe; love pickles and bet these are awesome! Thanks.

  7. 9

    My husband would love this! He’s obsessed with pickled foods. Thanks for sharing!

  8. 10

    LOVE pickles! I bought a huge jar from Costco, but I imagine it’d be much cheaper to make them myself, especially if I can find pickling cucs from a farmers market.

    Thanks for this post, I didn’t know you could pickle them quickly! I always thought it took a long time for them… Wonder if you could use this method for pickled asparagus too…

  9. 11

    Went to the farmers market this morning and bought pickling cucumbers. Just made these! They’re so good and have a great kick to them!

  10. 12

    I wanna pickle my own cucumbers! How did I not know it was this easy?? My husband is a pickle freak- we buy the large jars from costco and he eats them straight. Can’t wait to make these for him!


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