Bread And Butter Pickles

bread and butter pickles
bread and butter pickles

Delightfully crisp, sweet, and tangy, these refrigerator bread and butter pickles come together quickly and easily. No canning pots, hot water baths, or fancy tools are required for this recipe! If you’re looking for a simple and addictive pickle recipe that will become a year-round staple in your fridge, look no further.

Open jar of bread and butter pickles on a plate with three pickle slices in view.

Foolproof Pickle Recipe

Years ago, I vowed to spend the summer learning to can fresh fruits and vegetables, pickles included. However, I never got the chance to try canning. That’s when I discovered refrigerator pickles, and I never looked back! These bread and butter pickles are simple, quick, a little sweet, a little zesty, and totally addictive. They have become a year-round staple in my fridge.

Ingredients for Bread and Butter Pickles

There are two main components to these refrigerator pickles: cucumbers and the brine. For cucumbers, I recommend using pickling cucumbers, but small regular cucumbers work as well. The brine is where the classic sweet and tangy flavor comes from. It consists of a combination of vinegars (white vinegar and apple cider vinegar), sugars (granulated sugar and brown sugar), and spices like mustard seed, celery seed, and ground turmeric. For an extra kick, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Ingredients for bread and butter pickles prepped and labeled.

Step-by-Step Instructions

These bread and butter pickles couldn’t be easier to make! Here’s a quick overview of the process:

  1. Prepare the Cucumbers: Cut the cucumbers into ΒΌ-inch thick slices and sprinkle them with salt. Toss to combine, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for about 90 minutes.
  2. Rinse: After the cucumbers have marinated with salt, rinse them with cold water, drain, and mix in the thinly sliced onion.
  3. Make the Brine: Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Pour: Pour the brine over the cucumbers and onions. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for about an hour.
  5. Transfer & Refrigerate: Transfer the pickle and onion mixture (including the liquid) into airtight containers. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Side by side photos of cucumber slices being rinsed and pickling brine being poured over cucumber slices and onions.

What to Serve with Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and butter pickles taste a little tangy, a little zesty, a little sweet, and wildly delicious. They add a welcome burst of flavor to burgers, BBQ sandwiches, simple deli meat + cheese sandwiches, and even charcuterie boards.

Jar of bread and butter pickles next to fork with a pickle on it.

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Q1: Can I use regular cucumbers instead of pickling cucumbers?

A: While pickling cucumbers are recommended for this recipe, you can use small regular cucumbers as a substitute.

Q2: How long do these bread and butter pickles last in the refrigerator?

A: These pickles can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks. Just make sure to keep them in airtight containers to maintain their freshness.


These refrigerator bread and butter pickles are a delightful addition to any meal. With their crispness, sweetness, and tanginess, they are sure to become a favorite in your household. Whether you’re serving them with burgers, BBQ sandwiches, or enjoying them on their own, these pickles will add a burst of flavor to every bite. Give this easy recipe a try and elevate your culinary experience. Enjoy the joy of homemade pickles with Takeout Food!

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