28 Pickled Recipes that Go Way Beyond Cucumbers

Best Ever Dill Pickles
Photo: Andy Lyons

Pickling is perfect for so much more than just cucumbers. Pickled beets, pickled berries, pickled onions, pickled squash, and pickled apricots are just a few of the fantastic pickled recipes you'll find here. Each of these canning recipes walks you step-by-step through how to pickle foods. Don't let any of the season's bounty go to waste—start making pickles of all varieties!

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Quick Refrigerator Pickles

Quick Refrigerator Pickles
Jacob Fox

Choose any four cups of fruits or vegetables to make this easy, quick pickle recipe. The basic pickle brine can be seasoned with your favorite herbs to infuse the most flavor. Keep this easy pickle recipe handy to add a tangy bite to crostini, salads, and more.

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Pickled Sriracha Corn Relish

Pickled Sriracha Corn Relish
Brie Passano

Perk up your taco night by swapping salsa wiith this pickled corn relish. It's got a nice crunch from bell pepper, onion, and carrots. This recipe utilizes the fresh corn in a way you can enjoy for months after the season's end.

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Best-Ever Dill Pickles

Best-Ever Dill Pickles
Andy Lyons Cameraworks, LTD

Here it is, the dill pickle recipe you've been searching for to prove canning pickles is easy. This tried-and-true pickle recipe is incredibly versatile. Dress them up by serving on little pumpernickel toasts with cream cheese and dill sprigs, or serve them at a casual cookout as a yummy burger topper.

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Pickled Lemon-Thyme Brussels Sprouts

Pickled Lemon-Thyme Brussels Sprouts
Andy Lyons

With a few canning jars, vinegar, and a boiling-water canner, you can pickle practically anything. If you've mainly been sauteing or roasting your Brussels sprouts, it's time to switch it up and turn them into delicious, tangy pickles. Eat 'em right out of the can or serve as a martini garnish or on a relish tray—everyone will want to know where you got them.

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Everything Bagel Pickled Green Beans

Everything Bagel Bean Pickles
Brie Passano

Now you have a new excuse to use your favorite everything bagel seasoning blend! Use the irresistible savory seasoning in the brine for this pickled green bean recipe to really get those tastebuds tingling.The garlic flavor is enhanced thanks to the addition of whole smashed cloves in the mix.

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Spicy Pickled Eggs and Beets

Spicy Pickled Eggs and Beets
Blaine Moats

If you want a pickled egg recipe with extra oomph, look no further than this gorgeous dish with pickled eggs and beets. When you pickle eggs and beets together instead of separately, the juice from the beets will dye your eggs a gorgeous bright pink. Adding dried arbol chiles to the brine gives each bite some kick, so this pickled eggs recipe isn't just the prettiest one out there but the tastiest too.

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Bread-and-Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles
Scott Little

For a bread-and-butter pickle recipe you'll make again and again, try canning pickles with cider vinegar. This sweet pickle recipe shines when piled on hot dogs and brats, stirred into a potato salad, or eaten straight from the jar.

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Pickled Carrots with Coriander and Chiles

Pickled Carrots with Coriander and Chiles
Blaine Moats

When you have an excess amount of carrots, use them to make this pickled carrot recipe. Two pounds of the orange veggie swim in a pickling liquid containing coriander and jalapeños for an irresistible herbal, spicy, kick.

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Pickled Cucamelons

Pickled Cucamelons
Carson Downing

If you're not familiar with this crazy-looking veggie, cucamelons are tiny cucumbers with thin skins, also known as Mexican sour gherkins. They have a bit of tang and look unlike any classic pickle recipe we've ever seen. These adorable little cucumbers are a fun, tasty take on a dill pickle recipe, and they'll make everyone at your summer cookouts do a double-take.

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Homemade Sauerkraut

Homemade Sauerkraut
Jason Donnelly

You can cross sauerkraut off your grocery list—you only need three ingredients to DIY this recipe. Sure, it'll take a little extra time to make a pickled cabbage recipe on your own, but the tasty results are oh-so worth the wait. Plus, you can customize your homemade sauerkraut to make it exactly the way you want it—add a little extra sugar for sweeter sauerkraut, or sub in green cabbage instead of red.

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Sweet-Spiced Riesling Pickled Beets

Sweet Spiced Riesling Pickled Beets
Brie Passano

Wine in a pickled beet recipe? Stick with us here. The dry, semi-sweet wine adds a wonderful depth of flavor to earthy beets in this easy pickled recipe. The addition of whole cloves and crushed cinnamon stick will make it a fall-favorite side to keep in the pantry.

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Vanilla-Scented Pickled Sweet Cherries

Vanilla-Scented Pickled Sweet Cherries
Scott Little

We love pickled veggies, but if you're not pickling your fruits too, you're missing out. The balance of vanilla, spice, and pickled flavors infused into these sweet cherries makes them a perfect condiment for cooked meats or a noteworthy garnish for cocktails.

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Smoky Pickled Okra

Smoky Pickled Okra
Jason Donnelly

If you thought okra had to be either fried or slimy, prepare to have your mind blown by this pickled okra recipe. A little smoked paprika gives big smoky flavor to the classic Southern ingredient perfectly pickled in cider vinegar.

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Pickled Butternut Squash

Pickled Butternut Squash
Andy Lyons

Thanks to this pickled squash recipe, you can savor fresh butternut squash months after it's gone out of season. The fall-favorite squash gets a sweet and spicy twist when pickled with honey and crushed red pepper. Chop up a few of these pickled squash chunks and add them to a rice side dish or a salad for a tangy flavor boost.

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Honey-Bourbon Pickled Blueberries

Honey-Bourbon Pickled Blueberries
Jason Donnelly

Sweet and sour pickled blueberries make a delicious addition to cooked pork or chicken. Infused with cinnamon, allspice, and plenty of honey, these pickled berries add a touch of sweetness to savory dishes.

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Pickled Pear Tomatoes with Rosemary

Pickled Pear Tomatoes with Rosemary
Blaine Moats

If you've ever seen your garden overrun by an out-of-control cherry tomato plant, rejoice, because this pickled tomato recipe will let you preserve all those extra tomatoes. Vinegar and a bit of rosemary go a long way in flavoring this peppery tomato canning recipe. Set them out as part of a charcuterie tray or serve them alongside an entree of lamb, roast beef, or pork.

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Pickled Walla Walla Onions

Pickled Walla Walla Onions
Blaine Moats

For dinner guests who think they don't like onions, let this pickled onion recipe show how wrong they are. Famous for their sweet flavor, Walla Walla onions are perfect for pickling, but other sweet onion varieties are delicious, too, like Vidalia and Sweet Spanish onions. Add pickled onions to meat, pizza, or grilled burgers for bold flavor.

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Pickled Plums

Pickled Plums
Scott Little

Ever notice how you just don't eat enough plums? This pickled plums recipe is here to change that! Part of the reason you don't eat them often is because they're not around as long as other fruits. Next time you see them, grab a few pounds to make this pickled recipe with warm spices like cinnamon and allspice and enjoy plums all year.

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Bread-and-Butter Zucchini Pickles

Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles
Kritsada Panichgul

Classic bread-and-butter pickles get a zucchini twist! For the sweetest flavor, choose zucchini that are no more than 8 inches long and 2-1/2 inches around. Larger zucchini with thicker skin tend to break down when pickled, so stick to the smaller ones if you don't want to lose any of your pickled zucchini over time.

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Pickled Three-Bean Salad

Pickled Three-Bean Salad
Andy Lyons

Enjoy this backyard cookout staple year-round when you pickle three-bean salad. Canning recipes aren't known for their speed, but you can save 45 to 60 minutes if you prefer to start with canned black-eyed peas. With that shortcut, you can move directly to step two and start prepping the green beans to mix into your three-bean salad.

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Pickled Sweet Potatoes

Pickled Sweet Potatoes
Andy Lyons

The next time you're planning a cookout, try setting out pickled sweet potato slices as an alternative burger topper. These tender slices might become your new favorite way to snack on sweet potatoes (and they could be your new best pickle recipe, too!).

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Pickled Dilled Green Beans

Pickled Dilled Green Beans
Blaine Moats

If you like your pickles spicy, add a whole chile pepper to each jar of dilled beans in this canning recipe. A kick of heat nicely complements the dill and garlic flavor of savory pickled beans. Get hungry for dilly beans, because this pickle recipe makes a whopping 40 servings!

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Watermelon Pickles

Watermelon Pickles
Blaine Moats

Don't let any part of your summer watermelon go to waste! Instead of tossing it, make this pickled watermelon rind recipe to serve alongside the juicy fruit. If you didn't know the inner rind was edible, try these pickles wrapped in prosciutto as an appetizer or added to Greek yogurt for a flavor twist on a healthy breakfast.

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Thai Chile Refrigerator Pickles

Thai Chile Refrigerator Pickles
Jason Donnelly

Rice vinegar, Thai chiles, and lemongrass give classic pickles an Asian twist. Just like a fine wine, these pickles change flavor over time. The longer you chill them, the more flavor (and heat) the pickles absorb, so if you want an extra spicy pickle recipe, you'll have to resist the temptation to start snacking on them right away.

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Zesty Honey-Pilsner Pickles

Zesty Honey-Pilsner Pickles
Jason Donnelly

Beer-flavored pickles! Why didn't we think of this sooner? Canning pickles in your favorite lager creates a condiment for pub-inspired recipes, such as burgers, fried fish, and nachos. Just like a six-pack, this pickle recipe is a must-have for game day celebrations and tailgating.

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Garlicky Pickled Mixed Veggies

Garlicky Pickled Mixed Veggies
Jason Donnelly

In search of a pickled cauliflower recipe or pickled carrots? Try both at the same time with these bright and flavorful pickled veggies. Subtle heat from crushed red pepper, sweet-tangy flavor from the brine, and a good dose of garlic give your favorite summer veggies tremendous flavor. And look how pretty they are—like a farmers market in a jar.

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White Balsamic-Rosemary Pickled Mushrooms

White Balsamic-Rosemary Pickled Mushrooms
Jason Donnelly

Mushroom-lovers will gobble up this shallot- and rosemary-infused pickled mushrooms recipe. Since mushrooms can go bad within a week or so, this canned mushroom recipe is a handy way to save them if you've got a big batch on hand. Try using them to top burgers, or, if you're feeling brave, drop one into your martini glass as a cocktail garnish (trust us!).

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Low-Sugar Pickled Blueberries

No-Added-Sugar Rich Chocolate Cake on white cake stand topped with cream and chocolate curls
Brie Passano

Blueberries aren't usually at the top of the list when gathering pickling ingredients, but they should be. Toss a few into a salad or a martini to show off new ways to use this homemade pickle recipe. No canning required—just like refrigerator pickles, this pickled blueberry recipe gets all its tang from brine and time in the fridge.

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