Refrigerator Sweet Pickles are a fun way to use up those late summer garden cucumbers!

This sweet pickle recipe is so easy to make! A simple brine consisting of white vinegar, water, honey and kosher salt is poured over top sliced cucumbers and onions in mason jars. The jars are covered with the lids and gently shaken, then set in the refrigerator to cool. And within just 24 hours, these delicious sweet pickles can be ready to enjoy! Top your fave burgers or sandwiches with slices of these homemade sweet quick pickles all year round! 

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What are Refrigerator Sweet Pickles?

Refrigerator pickles stay refrigerated as opposed to water-bath canned pickles which can be stored at room temperature. They provide the same great taste without the lengthy canning process! It’s the best way to get delicious homemade pickles in minimal time!

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Quick and Easy Pickles!

  • Use up those beautiful green garden cukes with this super easy recipe that’s totally versatile! Try making them mild, hot, spicy-sweet or dill flavored with easy modifications to the recipe!
  • With this easy two-step recipe, anyone can make delicious pickles for everything from burgers to salads! Add sweet pickles and onions to an antipasto platter with assorted meats and cheeses, or to your favorite egg or tuna salad!
  • Pack them with any variety of your favorite herbs or spices! Make dill, sweet, sour, savory, or spicy-anything goes!

cucumbers onion and measuring cup of vinegar mixture to make Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

Ingredients and Variations

CUCUMBERS: Any cukes will do! The smaller width varieties that are picked early make for the best-shaped slices, mostly because they have thin skins. Either way, choose cukes that are heavy, clean, and without cuts or soft spots. Pearl onions are attractive additions, as are sliced red onions.

MIX-INS: Make pickles as sweet, savory, or spicy as you like! It’s all about the brine! Or brine together some sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, even chunks of bell peppers!

jar of Refrigerator Sweet Pickles with onions before pouring in water , honey and vinegar

How to Make Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

It’s never been easier to make homemade pickles. Just follow these steps!

  1. Place sliced cucumbers and onions in a mason jar and cover with the remaining ingredients (as per recipe below).
  2. Gently shake the jar and refrigerate up to 24 hours before using.

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How to Store

Keep sweet pickles in the refrigerator for 4 and 6 weeks. Within that time frame, continue to add fresh cucumbers and onions to the brine!

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Refrigerator Sweet Pickles

These quick refrigerator pickles are so easy to make! The simple brine, made with vinegar, salt, water and honey, turns sliced cukes into crunchy and zesty pickles in just 1 day!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 1 day
Total Time 1 day 15 minutes
Servings 21 servings
Author Candace


  • 1 pound small cucumbers about 2-3, thinly sliced (⅙ inch thick)
  • ½-1 small onion thinly sliced (1/16 inch)
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • 5 Tablespoons honey
  • 4 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt


  • Add cucumber and onion slices to a mason jar or other container(s).
  • In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, water, and salt. Pour over the cucumbers and onions and cover. Gently shake the jar.
  • Refrigerate 24 hours.


  • Nutrition calculated with a portion of the brine.
  • Refrigerate quick pickles for 4 and 6 weeks. Add fresh sliced cucumbers and onions to the brine during that time to make more sweet pickles.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 5 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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