Sides & Snacks Spicy Garlic Pickles |

Published on June 5th, 2013 | by Rachel Budke


Spicy Garlic Pickles

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m actually not a huge fan of pickles.  Most of the pickles that are from the store are a strange bright green color, which I find unappetizing.  So, I decided to attempt to make my own and added some spice and garlic.  If you’re not a fan of spicy food, feel free to lessen or omit the sriracha and red pepper flakes.  Remember that the longer they sit, the more spicy and flavorful they will get.

These pickles are not canned in the same way as traditional pickles, which makes them easier to make.  Since they are only placed in a jar, they won’t last quite as long. However, the acidity from the vinegar will keep the pickles fresh for a while.  Just be sure to keep an eye on them and try to eat them as soon as possible.  These spicy garlic pickles have tons of flavor, but at the same time, you still can taste the freshness of the cucumber.  Whether you’re a pickle fan or not, I definitely recommend trying this recipe out!

Spicy Garlic Pickles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours

Yield: 1 jar


  • 1 large cucumber
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • water


  1. Slice your cucumber into spears or rounds, depending on which you would prefer.
  2. With the cucumber in the jar, add the ingredients into the jar and top with water, until the liquid reaches the top of the cucumber.
  3. Tightly close the jar and shake until all of the ingredients are combined.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving.

Since mason jars are so popular right now, investing in different jars is well worth it. They can be used for anything!  Here’s a little list of some of my personal favorite jars:

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About the Author

Rachel is a senior at Kansas State University, where she is studying Bakery Science. In the fall of 2013 she studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She loves cooking, photography and DIY projects.

17 Responses to Spicy Garlic Pickles

  1. Made these for the very first time today, and I assure you it will not be the last! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!!

  2. Lisa says:

    If I opt out of using the Sirachi sauce will these still be spicy?

    • Rachel Budke says:

      Yes, the red pepper flakes will still give some heat. You could also just replace the sriracha with any of your favorite hot sauces. I personally like how the garlic flavor of the sriracha enhances the pickles.

  3. Lance says:

    Made this recipe yesterday morning and ate the pickles this evening. So they marinated 30 hours or so. Also, I threw in two quartered green tomatoes. They were delicious!

  4. wildriver says:

    Zucchini will work with this recipe as well.

  5. Kris says:

    What is srirach sauce?

    • Good question! Sriracha is a spicy red sauce made from chiles. It comes in a squeeze bottle with a green lid. I’m not sure where you live, but where I am from it can be found at many grocery stores and even Walmart. If you like spicy food, be sure to try it! It is one of my favorite things!

  6. Timothy brown says:

    Looks fantastic, can’t wait to make them. Any ideas for pickled okra??

    • Rachel says:

      I’ve never tried pickling okra. Based on some quick research, it seems like this recipe would work with a variety of different vegetables. Let me know how it turns out!

  7. Jen says:

    Just put mine in the fridge! So easy to make, thanks for the recipe!

  8. Looks awesome.. great shots too !!

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