Dill Pickle Spears

dill pickle spears
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
1 quart

For best results, use coarse (kosher) salt, not table salt, which would be much too salty. If the brine is too tart, add a little sugar to round out the flavor.


  • 4 to 6 Kirby cucumbers (about 1 pound), quartered lengthwise

  • 1 cup white-wine vinegar

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 3 tablespoons coarse salt

  • 1 teaspoon dill seed

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed


  1. Place cucumbers in a medium bowl. In a medium saucepan, combine vinegar, sugar, salt, dill seed, and garlic with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar and salt dissolve; pour over cucumbers.

  2. Use a small plate to submerge cucumbers in liquid. Refrigerate until cool, at least 2 hours.

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