Pickled Cucumbers


Preserving your own cucumbers to make a delicious pickle is not difficult and only requires a few ingredients. Crunchy, sweet and sour, with an optional kick of red chilli.

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Pickled cucumbers

Sweet and sour pickled cucumbers are a deliciously fresh side dish, quick to make from only a handful of ingredients. Pickling cucumbers is ideal if you have a glut of cucumbers, for example from your vegetable garden or the market. This way, you can enjoy the tastiest cucumbers all year round.

Cucumbers are easy to pickle, so you need never run out, and will always have a delicious condiment on hand, perhaps for an Indian dish.

Pickling cucumbers is done with vinegar, sugar and salt. To avoid making the cucumbers overly sour, it is best to add some water as well. If you enjoy a bit off heat, add a chilli; it pairs perfectly with the sweet and sour cucumber.

Cucumber growing on the plant
Cucumber growing on the plant

Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2023-09-05, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 25 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 28-11-2023

25 minutes 4 people Side dishes
Pickled cucumbers


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  • 2 cucumbers
  • 200 ml vinegar
  • 200 ml water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 red chilli
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  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • small saucepan
  • glass jars with lids
  • large pan
  • clean tea towel

Pickled Cucumbers

25 minutes 4 people Side dishes

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Make sweet and sour cucumber – 10 minutes

Wash the cucumbers, top and tail, then cut the cucumbers into pieces or slices. There is no need to remove the seeds.

Remove the seeds from the red chilli and cut it into thin rings.

Pickled cucumbers
Pickled cucumbers

Finishing the sweet and sour pickled cucumbers – 15 minutes

Sterilise the jars and lids; the easiest way to do this is to boil them in water for a few minutes.

Divide the cucumber between the sterilised jars. Heat 200 ml of vinegar with 200 ml of water, 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt, in a small saucepan until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is very hot.

Pour the hot mixture over the cucumbers and immediately place the lids on the pots. You can store sweet and sour pickled cucumbers like these for up to a year in a cool, dark place.

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Pickled Cucumbers: frequently asked questions

What is the difference between pickling and canning?

Pickling and canning are both methods of preserving food, with canning describing storage storing in a glass jar which is vacuum-sealed in a hot water bath.

Pickling can be done in different ways. You use a preservative ingredient, such as:

  • Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Alcohol

What do sweet and sour pickled cucumbers go well with?

Pickled cucumbers make a delicious side dish to many cuisines, from barbecues to Indian food or an Indonesian rice table.