Spicy Sweet and Sour Dill Pickles

Let’s pickle some cucumbers! This spicy sweet and sour dill pickles recipe is our favorite and never disappoints.
Course: Condiment
Servings: 4 Jars (700ml/24fl oz)
Calories: 328
Author: Julia



First things first:

  • Wash the cucumber thoroughly. Sterilize your jars and lids. I normally wash them in soapy water and boil for about 10-15 minutes in a large pot. Make sure all your jars are of the same size.

Make the sweet & sour pickling sauce:

  • Bring the water + salt + sugar to a boil. Cook until the sugar has dissolved. Turn off the heat. Add vinegar & stir.

The pickling:

  • Place at the bottom of each jar 1 dill flower, 2-3 Jamaican peppercorns/Allspice, 3 whole pepper corns, 2 bay leaves + optional: coriander seeds, cloves.
  • Then fill each jar with whole pickling cucumbers – fit in as many as possible (you could fit it about 400g/14oz) and 1-2 chilies, if you like them hot.
  • Pour over the sweet & sour pickling sauce leaving 1cm/0.5 inch headspace.
  • Close jars with sterilized lids and place them in a pot. Cover with water but make sure the lids are NOT under water (leave 1cm/0.5 inch space between lids and water).


You can use warm or cold sweet & sour pickling sauce. If you use cold one (you can prepare it day ahead) then use warm water fill the pot. If using warm one, then use warm water to fill the pot. Slowly bring to a boil and boil 10 minutes at 100°C/212°F. Take the jars out (use thongs) and place them onto a kitchen towel upside down until the next day. Check if each jar is airtight. If you find some jars are not, simply place them in the fridge and eat these first.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Sweet and Sour Dill Pickles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrates 73g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 68g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 12.8%
Vitamin C 89.8%
Calcium 7%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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