Thai Chile Refrigerator Pickles

Thai Chile Refrigerator Pickles
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
5 pints


  • 2 ½ - 3 pound 4-inch pickling cucumbers*

  • 2 ½ cup water

  • 2 ½ cup rice vinegar

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 10 fresh Thai chile peppers, halved lengthwise**

  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 5 stalks lemongrass, peeled, trimmed, and thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Thoroughly scrub cucumbers. Remove stems and blossoms; slice off blossom ends. Cut cucumbers lengthwise into quarters.

  2. In a 4- to 5-quart stainless-steel, enamel, or nonstick heavy pot combine the water, rice vinegar, sugar, white vinegar, and salt. Bring mixture to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar.

  3. Pack cucumber spears loosely into five hot sterilized pint canning jars, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Add 4 Thai chile halves, 1 clove garlic, and, if desired, one-fifth of the lemongrass to each jar. Pour hot vinegar mixture over cucumber mixture, maintaining the 1/2-inch headspace. Cool for 30 minutes; seal and label.

  4. Chill for at least 1 week before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Makes 5 pints.


If small pickling cucumbers are not available, cut regular garden cucumbers into 4-inch spears. If you purchase cucumbers for pickling, be sure they have not been coated in wax, which impedes the pickling process.


Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

23 Calories
5g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 66
Calories 23
% Daily Value *
Sodium 91mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Total Sugars 4g
Vitamin C 10.4mg 52%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 52mg 1%
Folate, total 2.8mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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