Refrigerator Zesty Zucchini Pickles

These Refrigerator Zucchini Pickles are so crispy, crunchy, and easy to make. They’re one of my favorite ways to use up all of that summer zucchini!

Does your mouth water when you pass by the pickle section in the grocery store?  Just wondering, because mine does.  Every time.  And I’ve always wondered if the same thing happens to anyone else.  

I just really happen to love pickles or anything pickled for that matter.  One of these days I’m going to get over my fear of canning vegetables and getting (or giving someone else) botulism. I’d really love to learn how to make real pickles that can sit in the pantry until I eat them one day in the middle of winter.

Refrigerator Zesty Zucchini Pickles

For right now though, I’m sticking to refrigerator pickles. They’re unbelievably quick to make. And since they aren’t meant to sit around on a shelf forever, you don’t have to follow any exact recipes. You also don’t have to worry about processing times, or whether the pH is low enough.

 In short, you can be far more creative with your recipes, and that’s more my style.

I adapted this recipe just a bit from my Sweet and Spicy Zucchini Relish, which is also mouth-wateringly delicious, and perfect for sandwiches or veggie burgers.  I was really feeling like sliced pickles though, and I thought some pickled thin sliced onions would be a nice touch too.

Refrigerator Zesty Zucchini Pickles

Zucchini pickles taste pretty much like cucumber pickles. But I think they hold up better and have just a little bit more crunch.  

Refrigerator Zesty Zucchini Pickles | Craving Something Healthy

Don’t you just love the bright yellow color of these pickles?  It’s from turmeric.  The super-spice that’s famous for its cancer-fighting, brain-boosting, anti-inflammatory properties.

Zesty Zucchini Pickles

Refrigerator Zesty Zucchini Pickles

This recipe makes about 2 quarts of crispy, crunchy zucchini pickles
3.75 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 32
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Craving Something Healthy


  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes or to taste
  • 4 medium zucchini washed and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 large sweet onion sliced thin
  • 4 cloves garlic slightly smashed


  • In a large saucepan, mix together vinegar, sugar, salt, turmeric, dry mustard, nutmeg and hot pepper flakes. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • While vinegar is simmering, layer vegetables and garlic cloves in an 2 quart jar (or 4 pint-sized jars).
  • Using a large funnel, carefully pour the hot vinegar solution over the vegetables. Cover tightly, and let the jar(s) cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer pickles to the refrigerator for 24 hours. Store for up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator.


Instead of boiling the vinegar solution in a pot and fumbling with a funnel, I like to use an 8-cup glass measuring cup and boil it in the microwave.


Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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Do you make your own pickles?  If you want to experiment a bit more, this is a good resource on Homemade Pickles and Relishes from the University of Wisconsin

Eat well!


  1. Any idea what the sodium per serving would be?

    1. Craving Something Healthy says:

      Hi Maryann, I posted the nutrition info for this recipe but pickles are tricky because you don’t drink all of the pickling liquid. It came to about 200 mg per serving but I think it would be less since not all of that salt is absorbed into the zucchini. Hope that helps a little bit!

  2. I’m all about making refrigerator pickles, so easy, and yours sound delish! I’ve never tried making them with zucchini, this is such a great idea!

    1. Thanks Sonali – I’m about ready to make another bunch!

  3. lol, I have a fear of canning too! These look pretty easy to make, I’ll have to give it a try. Do you think I could use coconut sugar instead of regular sugar?

    1. Thanks for visiting Denise! I’ve actually never played with coconut sugar, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, since there’s no actual “canning” involved – the sugar is just for the flavor and you can adjust it as you like! Let me know if you try it 🙂

      1. Easy to make these canned. Once you pour the hot vinegar mixture in, put on a sterile lid, flip the jars upside-down and let them cool. They will vacuum themselves closed and you have canned pickles.

      2. Craving Something Healthy says:

        So glad you liked them! And thanks for the canning tip!

    1. Ha ha! Get on it girl! They’re super quick and super snackable 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I hope you do Janice! They’re my new favorite savory snack 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

    1. Thanks Gwen! I hope you try them – I’ve been eating so many, I’m ready for another batch 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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