Sweet and Spicy Pickles

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Sweet and spicy pickles are loaded with savory, spicy flavors like garlic, onions, dill, and jalapeno with a dash of sweetness to mellow it out and make a great addition to any meal.

Jarful of sweet and spicy pickles.

If you love pickles, then this is the recipe for you. I love to serve these pickles with chicken, beef, and pork dishes and even have them on their own as a snack. The best part is that they're so easy to make in addition to being so good!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It's full of sweet and savory flavors with a kick of heat.
  • It uses simple ingredients.
  • It's an easy recipe that anyone can make.
  • The flavors make it the perfect pairing with almost any meal.

Top Tip

If possible, buy pickling cucumbers for this recipe. They have more meat and fewer seeds, making them perfect for these pickles.

Closeup shot of hand holding a sweet and spicy pickle.


The ingredients used in these pickles are very simple, and you can find them all at your local grocery store or in your kitchen.

All the ingredients are listed here, but you'll find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Sliced small cucumbers
  • Sliced jalapenos (removed seeds if you want less spice)
  • Chopped onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Dill weed
  • Sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper
Overhead shot sweet and spicy pickle ingredients in individual bowls on table.


Making these sweet and spicy pickles is incredibly easy. It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps, and you'll be all done!

The recipe highlights are listed below, but you'll find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Put cucumbers, jalapenos, onions, and garlic in a large jar or three small jars.

Jarful of cucumbers, jalapenso, onions, and garlic.

2: Bring the remaining ingredients to a boil.

Overhead shot of pickle spices in a pot.

3: Pour the liquid in the jars and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

Pickling liquid being poured over cucumbers in jar.
Jarful of sweet and spicy pickles.
Overhead shot of jarful of sweet and spicy pickles.

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can pickle other vegetables like okra or radishes with this brine.
  • You can use a sprig of fresh dill in place of dried dill.
  • For extra spicy pickles, leave the jalapeno seeds in the mixture.
  • For less spicy pickles, remove the jalapeno seeds.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Jars
  • Pot
Closeup shot of bowlful of sweet nad spicy pickles.


Refrigerate these pickles in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.

What to Serve with Sweet and Spicy Pickles

Serve these pickles with your favorite chicken, beef, or pork main courses for a kick of flavor. You can also serve these on or next to your favorite sandwiches.


  • Let your pickles cool for about 30 minutes before screwing the lid onto your jars.
  • Mason jars are the best containers for these pickles.
  • Cool your pickles to room temperature before placing them in the refrigerator.
  • Chill overnight before serving these pickles for the best flavor and texture.
Closeup shot of bowlful of sweet and spicy pickles.


What are sweet and spicy pickles?

Sweet and spicy pickles are simple refrigerator pickles made with sugar, salt, onions, garlic, and jalapeno peppers.

What are the best cucumbers for pickles?

While any pickling cucumber will work, medium to small-sized Kirby cucumbers are the best. Their thicker skin can stand up to being pickled, and they remain crunchy even after pickling.

What's the difference between refrigerator pickles and canned pickles?

Refrigerator pickles are preserved in vinegar, but they aren't processed through a water bath canner. Unlike canned pickles, refrigerator pickles must be stored in the refrigerator or they'll spoil.

Pickles, Pickles, Pickles

Yield: about 3 cups

Spicy Pickles

Spicy Pickles

These sweet and spicy pickles combine sugar, dill weed, onions, garlic, and jalapenos to create sweet and savory pickles for any meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 3 cups sliced small cucumbers
  • ½ cup sliced jalapenos (removed seeds if you want less spice)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dill weed
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ black pepper


  1. Put cucumbers, jalapenos, onions, and garlic in a large jar or three small jars.
  2. Put remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and allow to boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour liquid into jars over cucumbers.
  4. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes.
  5. Cover jars and refrigerate overnight.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 11Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 292mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 0g

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