Quick Pickles

I had a real craving for pickles not too long ago, and as we normally have them in the refrigerator, we were all out. I typically never have a craving for pickles, but for some odd reason, I had the idea of making burgers in the cast iron skillet, topping it with a bit of cheese, and simple pickles. Sounds strange, I know, and is never one of my thoughts when it comes to a burger, but as stated, I had a craving for pickles.

Easy recipe for making pickles

I knew exactly what I was going to do, and that was to make quick pickles. After all, I did some recent pickling with carrots and daikon for one of my favorite Banh Mi sandwiches. So I would use that similar technique and use them on a couple of fresh cucumbers I had laying around.  These quick pickles are pretty darn good, and have a nice balance of acidity from the vinegar, and some sweetness and spice from the sugar and Thai chili pepper I put in there.


  • 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dry dill weed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, lightly smashed
  • 1 Thai chili pepper (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cucumbers, cut into thick slices

Begin by adding the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, garlic, and chili pepper to a sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring well to mix in the sugar. My kids cannot stand the smell of cooking vinegar, and I do it quite a bit with Asian dipping sauces, however I think they are now getting used to it! Once boiling, remove from the heat, and add the dill weed. Let the pickling mixture completely cool. Add in the bay leaves.

To a clean mason jar, add the cut cucumbers, arranging them the best you can. Pour in the cooled mixture, cover, and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, however overnight is probably best. When you are ready, open and serve. Now you have pickles any day of the week, and is probably much more affordable than getting them at your local market.

These are good in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks, then they get pretty soft. They typically do not last that long in the refrigerator though. Enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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  1. Dax, I want to make ALL your recipes! I just added your site to my faves, so I’ll be checking back often and promise to report my ‘findings’! Happy food from me to you.

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