Homemade Spicy Pickles

Did you know there was a period of time when I was scared of pickles? If you’ve been following along for the past few years, that won’t come as a surprise to you. I was a picky eater! But these days I’m all about these Homemade Spicy Pickles!

Homemade Spicy Pickles from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

OMG. These are hands down the best homemade spicy pickles on the planet! You can make them as spicy as you want or keep it mild – but literally get ready for your life to change. They are rocking my world and I’ve been making them on repeat ever since Persian Cucumbers have been exploding at the farmers markets.

I’d classify these as quick pickles. It doesn’t take weeks to make them, just a few hours. Which means they are perfect to whip up the morning before a party, or the day before a BBQ… I’ve got ya covered!

Garlic and ginger are the 2 most prominent flavors in this and gives it some real spunk. The rice vinegar gives it even more flavor than a traditional white vinegar, in my opinion! And the jalapenos and the green onions are icing on the cake. You can leave out the jalapeno if you want it to be mild, no problemo!

Homemade Spicy Pickles

Homemade Spicy Pickles


  • 1 pound Persian cucumbers, sliced ½ in thick
  • 1 rounded tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic , sliced thin or minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 6 green onions chopped
  • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 jalapeno sliced thin, seeds removed for less spice.
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. Place cut cucumbers in a colander set over a bowl, sprinkle with kosher salt and give a quick toss to make sure it’s evenly coated. Let sit 30 minutes.
  2. Rinse cucumber under running water, remove excess water by placing cucumbers on a towel to blot dry.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine cucumbers and remaining ingredients. Stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Do theses need to be stored in mason jars? How long will they be good?
    Can’t wait to make them!!!

  2. These are deadly. Whoa!!!!! I cant stop eating them, and they haven’t even marinated 4 hours. Love,love,love them. Thank you for this recipe.

  3. Do you mean Toasted sesame oil, or just sesame oil? And I presume regular rice wine vinegar, not seasoned.

    1. all of the mentioned products work so you can use whichever you prefer. I opt for the plain sesame oil and regular rice wine vin

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