The next time you're about to pour that leftover pickle juice down the drain, stop and think about all the tasty ways you can use it. You could be saving yourself time while injecting vinegary, sweet, and herbaceous flavors to everyday foods. From brining meats to pickle pops, these leftover pickle juice recipes are a great place to experiment.

By Sarah E Crowder
June 01, 2016

Calling for a whopping 1-1/2 cups leftover pickle brine and speckled with fresh dill, this pickle juice bread sounds so interesting. Plus, look at that delicious bake! Get the recipe at No Thyme to Waste.

Dill Avocado Toast

Even if you're not making your own bread, you can still put pickle juice to use with a dill avocado toast. I've seen a lot of avocado toast recipes over the past couple of years, and this is the most intriguing variation I've spied. Get all the details at The Healthy Maven.

Pickle Juice Dressing

While you can replace all or part of the vinegar in your standard vinaigrette with pickle brine, this pickle juice dressing is so much more than a simple swap. With vibrant flavors like sun-dried tomato and cayenne pepper, I can't wait to give it a try. Get the recipe at Emma Frisch.

Photo: Emma Frisch is the co-owner and culinary director of Firelight Camps, and food blogger at

Pickle-Brined Chicken

Pickle juice makes for a cheap and easy brine for chicken. Moist and delicious chicken is just a few pantry and fridge staples away. Get the recipe at Better Homes & Gardens.

Pickle Chicken

This pickle-brined chicken has a bonus condiment: spicy pickle dip. Pickles and sriracha? Yes, please. Get the recipe at Sugar Dish Me.

Pickled Radishes

You could use your leftover pickle juice to make...more pickles! But don't feel confined to the cucumber variety. These radish pickles sound perfect for snacking or for topping tacos. Get the details at Clossette.

Pickled Eggs

Forget vegetables altogether and pickle some eggs instead. I bet these would make an amazing egg salad. Get the details at In Erika's Kitchen.

Pickle Pops

For the adventurous eater, how about a pickle pop? Perfect for a warm day. Read more at Amy Bayliss.

The Pickled Surfer

This whiskey-and-pickle-juice cocktail sounds like a great way to perk up Friday's post workweek happy hour. It will surely make you pucker up in a wonderful way. Get the recipe at Good. Food. Stories.

Gin and Vodka Pickle Brine Cocktails

These two cocktail recipes -- one vodka, one gin -- are made with refreshing ingredients including a brine from homemade pickles. Sounds like a fun (and delicious!) weekend project. Get the recipes at JJBegonia.

Grilled Skirt Steak with Pickle Juice Brine

Chicken isn't the only protein you can brine in pickle juice. This grilled skirt steak gets a quick bath in leftover pickle brine for extra tender results and a zesty flavor. Get the recipe at Jess Pryles.

Southern-Style Mustard Potato Salad

Add a zingy twist to your potato salad by replacing the vinegar with pickle juice. The subtle but special swap is an easy way to tweak a classic. Get the recipe at The Saucy Southerner.

Comments (3)

January 19, 2019
I use pickle juice to marinate my tofu, it gives the tofu substance and flavor of chicken when it is fried.
October 5, 2018
Dill pickle and olive juices will make a gardenia bush burst into flowers. No sweet pickle juice.
August 17, 2018
Love (almost) all of these ideas! I've been meaning to look up this subject since I've been devouring doll pickles (no, I'm not expecting - my cravings of choice then were mashed potatoes and apples). Than ks for the suggestions.