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Homemade Dill Pickles

Making homemade dill pickles is easy and fun. Get started with this simple pickle recipe.

Real Simple AUGUST 2005

  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups


  • 1 pound Kirby cucumbers
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dill seed
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill


Wash the cucumbers and quarter lengthwise. Place a colander in a sink. Add the cucumbers, sprinkle with the salt, and toss to coat. Let stand for 1 hour. Rinse the cucumbers and pat dry. Place 1 cup of water, the sugar, dill seed, onion, and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the cucumbers and fresh dill and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to a serving bowl and let cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 17.45mg
  • Calories: 59.8
  • Calories from fat: 2%
  • Carbohydrate: 14.82g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fat: 0.15g
  • Fiber: 0.54g
  • Iron: 0.22mg
  • Protein: 0.46mg
  • Saturated fat: 0.01g
  • Sodium: 841.41mg

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Homemade Dill Pickles Recipe