Homemade Horseradish Pickles

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Homemade horseradish pickles are an extra tangy, spicy take on classic pickles. Vinegar, garlic, onions, and horseradish create pickles that have a briny, tangy, bold flavor that pairs perfectly with hamburgers, hot dogs, or even more traditional main courses.

Closeup shot of jarful of horseradish pickles.

Pickles are a favorite in our house. Of course, the kids like sweet pickles. I do, too, for that matter, but what I love more than anything else is zesty pickles. Whether I make dill pickles with a kick of jalapeno or these delicious horseradish pickles, I prefer pickles that pack a punch. These do just that!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It uses just a few simple ingredients.
  • It's an easy recipe that even beginners can make.
  • The zesty combination of horseradish, onions, and garlic makes these pickles super flavorful with a great bite.
  • They pair well with a wide variety of other dishes.

Top Tip

Be sure you refrigerate your pickles for AT LEAST a full 24 hours before serving them for the best flavor.

Closeup shot of forkful of homemade horseradish pickles.


You'll only need a few basic ingredients to make these pickles, and you'll find them all in your kitchen or at your local grocery store.

All the ingredients are listed right here, but you'll need to check the recipe card at the end of the post for the exact amounts.

  • Prepared horseradish
  • White sugar
  • Minced garlic
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • White onion, thinly sliced
  • Sliced salad cucumbers
Overhead shot of ingredients for horseradish pickles in individual bowls.


This is a simple recipe that will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time. It's quick and easy and only takes a few simple steps.

The highlights are listed here, but be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for specific instructions.

1: Add everything except the cucumbers and onions to a pot and boil, stirring often.

Water being poured into a potful of other cucumber ingredients.

2: Reduce the heat, add the cucumbers and onions, and continue boiling for a few more minutes.

Overhead shot of all horseradish cucumber ingredients in pot.

3: Cool the pickles and pack them in air-tight jars. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

Closeup shot of jarful of homemade horseradish pickles with sliced cucumbers in background.

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can use cider vinegar instead of white vinegar for a slightly different flavor.
  • Use fresh or jarred minced garlic. Either works.
  • You can make this recipe with baby cucumbers for whole pickles.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Airtight jars such as Mason jars
Overhead shot of jarful of horseradish pickles.


Refrigerator: Store these pickles in a Mason jar with a tight-fitting lid for up to 2 weeks.

Freezer: Never freeze pickles. The freezing process will break down the pickles, making them taste watery and giving them a gritty, crystalized texture.

What to Serve with Horseradish Pickles

Serve these pickles with all your favorite sandwiches, fried food, or BBQ. Some great pairings include:

  • Reubens
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Fried chicken, fish, beef, or pork
  • BBQ of all kinds


  • Reduce the heat when boiling the cucumbers and onions so it's at a low boil.
  • Be sure your onions are thinly sliced for the best pickling.
  • Refrigerate your pickle a minimum of 24 hours before serving them so the flavors can meld.
Closeup shot of jarful of homemade horseradish pickles.


What are the best cucumbers for pickling?

Kirby, Gherkin, and English or Hothouse pickles are best for pickling.

How long does it take for a cucumber to become a pickle?

It usually takes 24 to 48 hours for cucumbers to fully pickle, depending on their thickness.

What's the difference between pickles and refrigerator pickles?

Refrigerator pickles aren't heat-canned, so they're don't last as long. They're so good, though, it's rarely an issue!

More Pickled Recipes

Yield: 2 pints

Homemade Horseradish Pickles

Homemade Horseradish Pickles

These homemade horseradish pickles are packed with briny, tangy, and sharp flavor. They're easy to make and make a great side dish or snack.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 20 minutes


  • ½ cup prepared horseradish
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ white onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups sliced salad cucumbers


  1. Put prepared horseradish, white sugar, garlic, salt, water, and vinegar in a large saucepan.  Over medium heat, bring to a boil, stirring often.
  2. Reduce heat and add cucumbers and onions.  Continue boiling for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Allow pickles to cool before transferring them to airtight jars.  Refrigerate pickles for 24 hours before serving.


Pickles can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 16Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 472mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 0g

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