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32 Must-Try Pickling Recipes

Preserve your summer harvest with these pickling recipes! You can pickle cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, green beans, garlic and more.

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Watermelon Rind Pickles

“Waste not, want not” has always been smart advice—especially when it produces pickled watermelon rind that’s so refreshing. Serve these straight out of the jar at your next backyard barbecue, and be prepared for all your guests to ask for this pickling recipe.

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Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe

Is there a type of pickle more iconic than garlic and dill? This recipe makes three 1-quart jars: eat one with these homemade pastrami sandwiches, another with Gouda turkey clubs and one all by itself with your bare hands. There’s a reason this is one of our favorite pickling recipes!
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Pickled Strawberries

I developed a unique healthy recipe to feature my most-loved spring and summer fruit. My favorite way to serve these pickled strawberries is as an appetizer with cheese. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
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Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Easy and economical, refrigerator dill pickles are tangy, zesty and crispy. No one will believe you made them yourself! —Jake Haen, Ocala, Florida
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Pickled Corn

When fresh corn is in season and you’re overeating it straight off the cob, try making pickled corn instead! —Amanda Phillips, Portland, Oregon
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Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are delicious and versatile—they’re good when roasted, grilled and even raw. It should be no surprise that these sprouts are also outstanding when pickled with garlic, onion and a pinch of chili flakes.
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Pickled Eggs

Ever since I can remember, my mother served this pickled egg recipe at Easter. It was a tradition that my family expected. I made them for my granddaughter the last time she visited and they were all gone before she left. —Mary Banker, Fort Worth, Texas
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Pickled Green Tomatoes

I had no clue what to do with all the green tomatoes from my garden until my husband said to pickle them. I thought he was nuts, but they are fantastic! Making pickled green tomatoes is a wonderful way to keep your garden produce from going to waste. —Lori Eaton, Downs, Kansas
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Pickled Jalapenos

I started canning Hungarian hot and mild peppers with my dad every year, but they are hard to find in California, so I now make pickled jalapenos instead. They stay crunchy, unlike the mushy kind you find at the store. —Lou Kostura, Belmont, California
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Homemade Pickling Spice

In the mood for pickling recipes, but don’t have store-bought pickling spice on hand? There’s a good chance that you already have the ingredients to make this homemade version. Then, get ready to make all kinds of pickled vegetables.
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Pickled Carrots

My mother is the only other person I’ve known to make this recipe. In fact, when I take it to a potluck or picnic, no one has ever heard of pickled carrots. But once they try them, they are hooked. —Robin Koble, Fairview, Pennsylvania
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Best Ever Sweet Pickles

These pickle rounds are refreshing, crunchy and utterly irresistible. Chop the pickles up and stir into old-fashioned egg salad, or use them as a sweet-and-sour accent on top of spicy cheeseburgers.
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Pickled Sweet Peppers

This pickled pepper recipe uses a mix of red bell peppers and banana peppers for a variety of flavor and color. You can make this recipe using any type of peppers from the store or even hot peppers from the garden.
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Pickled Peaches

Fresh peach quarters pickled with sugar and warm spices is a classic southern treat. Serve these tart pickled peaches with homemade ice cream, fresh baked buttermilk pound cake or roasted meats like pork chops.
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Spiced Pickled Beets

One of our favorite pickling recipes, these sweet-and-sour pickled beets are infused with warm autumn spices—which, quite honestly, are welcome all year round. Try serving them on toothpicks with a piece of nutty cheese, like Gouda.
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Pickled Green Beans

These zippy little pickles have a spicy bite thanks to a generous amount of cayenne pepper. Try them in Bloody Mary for a brunch cocktail that will really wake you up!
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Pickled Red Onions

Everyone should have a jar of this pickled red onion recipe in their refrigerator at all times. I put them on everything and they keep for weeks, if they last that long. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor
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Pickled Asparagus Recipe

Looking for a pickle recipe that’s familiar, yet different? Instead of using a classic garlic-dill pickle brine with cucumbers, try this recipe that uses asparagus instead.
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Pickled Green Tomato Relish

Got a big bushel of unripe tomatoes, but can only eat so many fried green tomatoes? This relish recipe will put that bumper crop to good use.
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Bread and Butter Pickles

These old-fashioned bread and butter pickles are ideal for making crispy air-fryer pickles, and are great for adding some cooling contrast to this recipe for chipotle chili sloppy joes. You’ll never be able to settle for store-bought again.
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Pickled Cabbage

My mother picked up this pickled cabbage recipe in Pennsylvania, and as long as I can remember, there was always a “bucket” of slaw in the refrigerator. Now I have an old stoneware butter crock in my refrigerator filled with the same!
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Dill Pickle Recipe

Grandma knew a thing or two about pickling recipes. Once you’re done eating these amazing pickles, don’t throw out the brine. There are all kinds of ways to use leftover pickle juice, like as a tenderizing meat marinade or a cocktail ingredient. (This is how to make a dirty martinis!)
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Pickled Apples

These easy pickled apples are perfect alongside a pork entree or salad, or with a charcuterie cheese board. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Tangy Pickled Mushrooms

This basic pickled mushroom recipe is lightly seasoned with dried tarragon, but if you like your pickles bursting with herbal flavors, feel free to add more. You can also use dried basil, oregano, herbes de Provence or any other herb or spice you enjoy.
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Sweet and Sour Zucchini Pickles

Pickled zucchini is a great way to use up all those green beauties in your garden. And if you’ve never tried growing your own zucchini, give it a shot. It’s even easier than you think!
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Refrigerator Pickles

This easy refrigerator pickles recipe is a great way to use cucumbers and onions from the garden. Here in upstate New York, we have an abundance of cucumbers. —Catherine Seibold, Elma, New York
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Spicy Pickled Garlic

Raw garlic cloves are too harsh to eat on their own, but when pickled, the flavors mellow significantly. Try popping one of these pickled cloves in your next Gibson instead of using a cocktail onion.
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Favorite Bread & Butter Pickles

You can eat bread and butter pickles with just about anything. But if you need more ideas, here are some good ones: Add chopped pickles to tuna salad (or add sliced pickles to a tuna melt); mix them into tartar sauce instead of dill pickles; eat them straight out of the jar!
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Sweet & Spicy Pickled Red Seedless Grapes

Grapes might not be the most obvious choice for a canned pickle recipe, but once you taste these pickled red grapes, you’ll wish you’d known about them sooner. The pickling liquid for these grapes includes red wine, vinegar and common pickling spices like coriander, mustard seeds and hot pepper; it also contains warm spices like cinnamon and star anise along with brown sugar. The flavor-packed grapes are delicious on an antipasto platter or on a fruit and cheese board.
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Homemade Pickles

My husband grows cucumbers, garlic and dill in the garden and eagerly waits for me to make these homemade pickles. The recipe comes from my grandmother.—Angela Lienhard, Blossburg, Pennsylvania
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Pickled Peppers Recipe

You can pickle any pepper with this recipe from Ball brand, the grandfather of home canning products. It’s hard to go wrong with jalapeno, but banana peppers and other types of peppers are on the table, too.

Allison Robicelli
Allison Robicelli is a James Beard-nominated food and recipe writer, humorist, and the author of four (quite good) books. Her writing credits include the Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Eater, Food52, The Takeout, and other major publications. Before becoming a full-time writer, she spent over a decade as a working chef, and was the co-owner of the acclaimed Robicelli's Bakery in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to food and comedy, she also writes about history, parenting, and cannabis. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, two teenage sons, and four patient cats.