For all my dill pickle friends this recipe is for you! Ready to add a little kick to your crunch? Our spicy dill pickles recipe is here to shake up your snacking game. Think tangy dill pickles have a fiery twist – with a little bit of fiery kick in every bite! Whether straight from the jar, paired with your favourite burger, or jazzing up dips and sauces, these pickles bring the party wherever they go. 🌶️🥒
Spicy Dill Pickles in a jar with baby cucumbers in front of the jar.

Spicy dill pickles are a tasty variation of the classic dill pickle, infused with fiery flavours like chilli peppers, hot sauce, or red pepper flakes. They are the perfect balance of tangy dill goodness and spicy kick, perfect for a healthy snack, sandwich topper, or even to spice up the best Bloody Mary or cocktail.

These spicy spears of deliciousness are also completely sugar-free and low carb friendly. I feel no need to add any sugar or sweetener to the pickling spices and brine.

I am a big fan and I am sure you will love this recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to put together.

Spicy Dill Pickles ingredients on a black backdrop with labels so you know what they are.

The Ingredients

  • Baby Cucumbers – use baby pickling cucumbers like Kirby cucumbers. Most supermarkets and good grocers have baby cucumbers available. I picked up mine from my local Coles Supermarket.
  • Vinegar – use any of these vinegars listed below for a tasty result
  • Chilli Peppers – I use habanero or Thai chili peppers. You can add hotter variety pepper or use chilli flakes, or chilli powder. Chilli crisp is also a fun way to season the brine too.
  • Garlic Cloves – I have added garlic cloves to the make these spicy garlic pickles. You can leave it out if you prefer.
  • Dill Weed – use plenty of fresh dill to flavour the pickles. The dill flowers can also be added. You can use dried dill, but try to use fresh dill if you can. I like to add mustard seeds, fennel seeds, fresh chilli and a little garlic sometimes too. You can use dried dill, but try to use fresh dill if you can.
  • Kosher Salt – use kosher salt or sea salt flakes. Kosher salt has larger, irregularly shaped grains compared to table salt, which allows it to dissolve quickly and evenly. It doesn’t contain any additives like iodine, which can sometimes impart a bitter taste to food. Kosher salt is perfect for brines, pickling, and general cooking.

Types of Vinegar to Use for Pickling

  • White Vinegar: Typically around 5% acidity.
  • Malt Vinegar: Typically around 5% acidity.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Generally falls between 5% to 6% acidity.
  • Rice Vinegar: Typically ranges from 4% to 7% acidity.

How To Make Spicy Refrigerator Pickles!

Step 1. Slice the cucumbers into rounds or spears and place them into a 2-3 cup capacity large jar.

Step 2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl or jug. Mix to combine and pour over the cucumbers to cover completely. If needed, add a little extra brine (water and vinegar) to ensure they are fully covered. Seal with the lid and chill for at least 2-3 hours for the flavours to develop.

A top down picture of spicy gherkins in a jar.

FAQ’s and Hot Tips

Do I need to refrigerate hot and spicy pickles?

You do need to refrigerate this recipe. Make sure your hot pickles are covered in the brining solution to keep them fresh.

How long do refrigerator dill pickles last?

If you love them as much as me, not very long. Seriously though, homemade fridge dill pickles will last 3-4 weeks in the fridge when stored correctly.

Variations

There are lots of ways to make your spicy pickles different each time. Here are just a few of my favourites.

  1. Hot Dill Pickles: Infused with extra heat from chili peppers or hot sauce.
  2. Fire and Ice Pickles: Combining spicy peppers with sweet pickles or pickled red onions.
  3. Spicy Dilly Beans: Instead of cucumbers, these pickles feature spicy green beans in a dill brine.
  4. Atomic Pickles: Packed with intense heat, these pickles are not for the faint of heart! Fill with some super-hot chillies like Carolina Reapers or Ghost chillies.

Spicy dill pickles are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in numerous ways. Here are some serving suggestions to get you started:

  • Straight from the Jar: Enjoy them as a fiery snack straight out of the jar. Serve with cheese and keto crackers.
  • Burger Toppings: Add slices of spicy dill pickles to your favourite burgers or sandwiches for an extra kick.
  • Charcuterie Boards or Barbecue Boards: Incorporate spicy pickles into your charcuterie spreads for a bold flavour contrast. Hot dill pickles are also perfect for barbecue meats. They work really well at cutting the fat and adding so much flavour!
  • Salads and Wraps: Chop them up and toss them into salads or use them as a tasty filling for wraps and sandwiches.

Different Ways To Use Them

Here are some ideas to spark your imagination:

  • Spicy Pickle Dip: Blend chopped spicy pickles into cream cheese or sour cream for a tangy and spicy dip. Chop them up and them to our Big Mac Burger Sauce, Tartar Sauce or Garlic Kebab Sauce.
  • Pickle Bloody Mary: Garnish your Bloody Mary cocktails with spicy pickle spears for an extra kick.
  • Pickle Relish: Chop spicy pickles finely and mix them with mustard and relish for a zesty hot dog topping.
  • Pickle Pizza: Add sliced spicy pickles as a topping to your homemade pizzas for a surprising burst of flavour.

I hope you love my delicious spicy dill pickles recipe and make it often. If you do, don’t forget to tag me on socials and show me your creations. xx

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Spicy Dill Pickles in two jars on a chopping board.

Easy Spicy Dill Pickles

For all my dill pickle friends this recipe is for you! Ready to add a little kick to your crunch? Our spicy dill pickles recipe is here to shake up your snacking game. Think tangy dill pickles have a fiery twist – with a little bit of fiery kick in every bite! Whether straight from the jar, paired with your favourite burger, or jazzing up dips and sauces, these pickles bring the party wherever they go. 🌶️🥒
5 from 19 votes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Pickles and Ferments, sides
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 8kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 20 serves
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Ingredients 

  • 500 g (1 lb) baby cucumbers I use 2 Lebanese cucumbers (optional)
  • 6 cloves garlic sliced into strips
  • 4 hot chillies I prefer habernero, but any Thai or spicy pepper can be used
  • 6 sprigs fresh dill fronds about 1/4-1/3 cup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder or chilli flakes
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

OPTIONAL

  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of Takin, chilli flakes, or chilli crisp to the brine

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Slice the cucumbers into rounds or spears and place them into a 2-3 cup capacity large jar.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl or jug. Mix to combine and pour over the cucumbers to cover completely. If needed, add a little extra brine (water and vinegar) to ensure they are fully covered. Seal with the lid and chill for at least 2-3 hours for the flavours to develop.

THERMOMIX HOT GARLIC DILL PICKLES

  • Slice the cucumbers into rounds or spears and place them into a 2-3 cup capacity large jar.
  • Place remaining ingredients, except dill fronds, into mixer; mix 15 sec/speed 3.
  • Pour over the cucumbers to cover completely. Add the dill fronds to the jar. If needed, add a little extra brine (water and vinegar) to ensure they are fully covered. Seal with the lid and chill for at least 2-3 hours for the flavours to develop.

Notes

INGREDIENTS
-any cruciferous, root vegetables, or onions can be added in place of cucumbers. I prefer white vinegar in this recipe. Use any spices or herbs you like. These are sugar-free pickles and I don’t think they need any type of sugar or keto sweetener at all. You can add some if you feel they will be better for you. 
STORAGE
– store in the fridge for ages.
SERVE
– dill pickles can be served hot or cold. Use them in dressings, hot dishes or even as a tasty garnish for creamy casseroles. Serve with burgers and fish, use for tasty egg soldiers or coat them in parmesan and bake for a tasty dipper. The cucumbers can be halved in this recipe and the extra pickle juice used for drinking.

Your Own Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg | Magnesium: 5mg | Net Carbs: 1g
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25 responses to “Spicy Dill Pickle Recipe”

  1. Elizabeth

    Delicious! I love that I can make these at home with very simple ingredients. So flavorful!

  2. DK

    This spicy pickle is awesome! It’s so tangy and perfect to eat along side burgers!

  3. Claudia

    Just made the Easy Spicy Dill Pickles, and they’re awesome! Crunchy, spicy, and full of flavor. Perfect for snacking or adding to sandwiches. A new favorite for sure!

  4. Alexandra

    5 stars
    These pickles are the perfect addition to my chicken burgers – we love the spicier the better. Great to have on hand and a lovely edible gift.

  5. 5 stars
    I love dill pickles soooo much. I also love spicy. So imagine how pumped I was to see this recipe. Absolutely delicious! I’m in love.

  6. Carrie

    5 stars
    Spicy pickles are our favorite! 🙂 I will have to try this recipe soon as there are pickling cucumbers at the farmers market.

  7. Moop Brown

    I love pickles and how these have an extra kick to them. These seem very versatile and like they would be a nice addition to any burger or sandwich.

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve never made pickles before from scratch but now I’m not going back! This came out so good and my family loved them! I made my batch extra spicy.

  9. Dennis

    5 stars
    These pickles were soooo delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.

  10. 5 stars
    Oh I’m so loving the chili punch in these pickles! They truly are so easy to make and went perfect on our smoked burgers! Homemade pickles just rock and your recipe is awesome!

  11. Tammy

    5 stars
    I’ve not made my own pickles before but I LOVE them! This is such a fun recipe to make for the season. Definitely want to give it a go and it sounds delish!

  12. Marta

    5 stars
    I love all things pickled, but these spicy dill pickles have become my latest obsession. I’ll be making these often once the rest of my cucumbers are ripe enough to pick.

  13. Gloria

    5 stars
    Perfect for all the cucumbers that will be coming from the gardens soon. Homemade pickles are the best. Love the addition of some spicy heat too.

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  16. Annie

    5 stars
    These pickles are delicious. Just the right amount of chili kick,

5 from 19 votes (9 ratings without comment)

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