Quick and Easy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles

Zucchini Quick Pickles

If you think making pickles is some mysterious, long, drawn-out process then let me introduce you to the “quick” pickle! Say hello to my little friends.

These zucchini pickles take all of twenty minutes to make and after an overnight stay in the refrigerator they’re ready to eat. You can use any tall jar or two you have lying around – mason jars, pickle or spaghetti sauce jars. If you don’t have a jar you can use a glass bowl.

To make them all you do is heat vinegar, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes together. I forgot to mention they have a little spicy kick to them. You can go easy on the spice or omit it all together but I wouldn’t. They’re not burn-your-tongue off spicy. It’s a subtle kick.

Then I add a little lemon juice because zucchini loves lemon, and fresh thyme sprigs.

You pour the hot vinegar over the zucchini slices, let it cool, cap it and refrigerate overnight. Like magic, the next day you’ll have pickles!

Ready-to-eat pickles that will last up to six weeks and improve with age.

Easy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles
You can also use cucumbers but I wouldn’t. These are so much better. Like x 100.

I don’t know if I’ll ever look at a cucumber pickle the same way again because these zucchini ones have so much more flavor. Their texture is a little different from a cucumber, a little softer and denser. They don’t have quite the same snap but you won’t miss it. I promise.

I can’t stop eating them. On burgers, sandwiches, chopped up in salads. Off my fork.

Piled in a bowl while I watch TV like they’re some kind of irresistible dessert.

I. Can’t. Stop. Eating. Them. Don’t send help.

Easy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles
Quick and Easy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 big jar of pickles

Quick and Easy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles

Quick and easy to make zucchini pickles! They take 20 minutes to make and no special equipment is required.


1 pound zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
4 sprigs fresh thyme
3 cups white vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Put the sliced zucchini and thyme in a large jar or heat proof bowl/container.
  2. In a medium saucepan set over medium, heat the vinegar, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes, stirring until the sugar and salt have dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.
  3. Pour into the jar over the zucchini slices. Let it cool without a lid.
  4. Put a lid on it and refrigerate overnight - then they're ready to eat. Store up to 6 weeks.
  5. *If you find the pickles too vinegary you can add more sugar right to the jar. I ended up adding another tablespoon the next day.


Adapted from Food Network

Copyright ©2014 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved


Quick and Easy Refrigerator Zucchini Pickles


  1. Tammy says

    What an great idea…I’ve seen so many pickling recipes lately, I’m dying to give it a try. I know my mom would love this! :D

    …Haha I didn’t realize my comment would go through under my mom’s Tapinfluence account on the last post…well that was actually from me! hehe :)

    Wishing you a very lovely weekend, Reeni! :D


  2. Doris says

    Hi Reeni!
    A very happy Saturday to you and yours. I would very much like to try this recipe for zucchini’s . Who would have thought such an easy recipe. Do you think cauliflower would work as well? By the way, I made the Peruvian paste but had it over my turkey breast last weekend. All I can say is WOW! The smells emanating from the oven were glorious and the turkey breast was so flavorful. I doubt I will ever use another recipe for roast turkey or chicken in the future. I did change one thing , however. I used half sweet and half smoked paprika as I wanted to experiment a bit. Soooo delish!
    Hope all is well with Moon and you and Furby is coming around nicely. Enjoy your weekend. XOX

    • Reeni says

      Hi Doris! Sorry for my late reply! I took yesterday off. :-) I’ve never pickled cauliflower before! I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! I’m glad you liked the Peruvian paste! I was thinking of using some smoked paprika too! I love that stuff. I’m glad Furby is doing good! Enjoy your Sunday and as always, thanks for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment! xoxo

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