Easy Pickle Juice Recipes That Show the Many Ways Brine Can Shine
Wait! Don't dump that leftover pickle juice down the drain. The briny solution is actually like liquid gold when you're seeking a way to add a bit more tang to sauces or salad dressings, or an option for tenderizing meat. These easy pickle juice recipes will save you time (and money—no need to purchase any additional ingredients to make a brine from scratch), all while injecting vinegary, sweet, and herbaceous flavors to a wide variety of foods and drinks. With ideas like a pickle juice marinade recipe, cocktail recipes using pickle juice, and so much more, these leftover pickle juice recipes will convince you that each jar is so much more than the spears or slices.
Our 6 Best Pickle Juice Recipes
After you polish off the spears, slices, or whole pickles, save that solution to employ in these recipes using pickle juice.
Crispy Dill Pickle Chicken Sandwiches
Copycat Chicken Sandwich
Pickled Whiskey Cocktail
Padma's Party Punch
15 Other Ideas to Put Leftover Pickle Juice to Great Use
Now that you have some specific recipes using pickle juice, let's talk about bonus ways to put that brine to work. These easy pickle juice recipe ideas can be used to customize your current favorite dishes.
- Reuse the jar and the brine to pickle other vegetables, such as carrots, green beans, radishes, hot peppers, zucchini, or okra.
- Add a splash to the filling for your deviled eggs. (Psst...a deviled egg recipe with pickle juice would be particularly tasty if you use our Bacon and Cheese Deviled Eggs as the foundation.)
- Stir a spoonful into any salad that features a mayo-based salad dressing, such as potato salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad, or macaroni salad.
- Substitute some of the vinegar called for in your vinaigrette recipe with leftover pickle juice.
- Drizzle a small spoonful over grilled fish, pork, or steak.
- Add a splash to the salted water you use to boil potatoes or the salt water you use to steam vegetables.
- Marinate mozzarella or feta in the leftover pickle juice.
- Freeze the leftover pickle juice in an ice pop mold ($15, Williams Sonoma) to enjoy as-is, to melt into a bloody mary, or to create a pickle juice lemonade recipe out of homemade lemonade.
- Brighten up store-bought barbecue sauce with a dash of leftover pickle juice.
- Trade pickle juice for vinegar in your favorite gazpacho recipe.
- Mix a few spoonfuls into your macaroni and cheese.
- Take hummus from ho-hum to "yum!" with leftover pickle juice.
- Replace the olive brine in your current dirty martini recipe with pickle brine.
- Try a spoonful to help cut through the richness of cheese dips like this Pimiento Cheese Dip.
After seeing all of your options for recipes using pickle juice, we bet you now understand why we are singing the praises of all things pickled. But you need not buy those jars at the store—homemade pickle brine is possible, easy, and ensures you'll never run out of "leftover" pickle juice for your new go-to pickle juice recipes. Discover how to make canned and refrigerated pickles from scratch, including the precious pickling liquid.