3-Hour Bread & Butter Pickles

Easy Bread & Butter Pickles

Easy Bread & Butter Pickles

These crisp, sweet, and tangy pickles are ready to eat in 3 hours. They’ll be softer if you peel them and crisper if you don’t. I use a 24 oz. glass jar that spaghetti sauce comes in. They are best eaten within two weeks. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Makes: About 2 cups of pickles

Easy Bread & Butter Pickles


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (use 2/3 - 3/4 cup if you like them sweeter)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon each celery seed, mustard seed, & coriander seed

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 4 firm pickling/Kirby or Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced


  1. Place water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Heat and stir until sugar & salt are dissolved.
  2. Pour the warm water into a large glass jar.
  3. Add vinegar and the three spices (seeds).
  4. Add cucumber slices and onions in alternating layers.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Note: Container sizes will vary. If your cuces & onions are not fully submerged just add more liquid to cover (half water/half vinegar).

36 Comments on "Easy Bread & Butter Pickles"

  1. Rebecca

    My friends mom. Pickled carrots and green beans. She boiled them first They were still firm not too hard.
    We really liked them

  2. Phil

    So now I have a jar filled with the liquid and spices and am attempting to float the cucumber slices to the bottom…..Something I’m doing wrong? Phil

  3. Debby

    You can now purchase sweet pickles in the store made with Splenda. Have you tried making these pickles with Splenda?

  4. angelina c tavares

    made the pickles and it was easy and good. I made one spicy added chili flakes for my husband loved it.

  5. Carrie

    Do you have to use coriander seed. Is there something else I can use in stead?

  6. Glenn

    Do you have a new version of this for Bread & Butter Pickles with Probiotics…? I saw where you said you were going to put one up. Where can I find it…?

  7. Charlie


    Recipe calls for white vinegar. How about substituting apple cider vinegar. Braggs is suppose to have the “mothers” in it which is healthy

  8. Ann

    Hi Jenny, you can find Persian cucumbers at most Korean markets. In fact, I just got some at my local Korean market at 3 pounds for 99 cents!

  9. Beverly

    I love bread and butter pickles, but I thought you should know that these have not probiotic effects. It is only fermented cucumbers that have probiotics.
    Cucumbers that have been pickled in salty water and fermented. They are low in calories and high in vitamin K. However, pickles made using vinegar do not have any probiotic effects.

    • Jenny

      Oh no! Thank you so much for setting me straight. All these years I thought they had probiotics but I looked it up and learned something new today, thanks to you. I appreciate your taking time to write and I am removing that information from the recipe.

  10. Patricia

    I have been searching your recipe site for a couple of hours and find that you add sugar to many recipes where I wouldn’t expect it. I am diabetic and must account for all carbohydrates in my food. Just how important is this added sugar in your recipes?

  11. REN

    Jenny, you have a magic touch. I make a lot of your recipes. Each one is a gem.
    Your bread and butter pickles are simply out of this world.
    I make a new batch, the moment they are finished, which is every few days.
    There is nothing to beat a slice of your freshly baked bread, with thinly sliced feta cheese, & your incredible cucumbers.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. catherine chin

    Greeting for Malaysia Jenny thank so much i had try so much of recipe all turn up so nice brownie , and the pickle , the bread Thank

  13. Donna A.

    I took a chance that these would turn out great and doubled the recipe. It was difficult to wait 3 hours to try them but when I did, all I can say is I’ll never make pickles any other way and I’ve made a lot of pickles. They are crunchy with the perfect amount of sweet and tartness. I eat them straight out of the jar and put them on sandwiches. These pickles are the best and so are you for giving us so many easy and healthy recipes. Thanks Jenny.

    Can’t wait to try your dill pickle recipe.

  14. Linda

    Hi Jenny–Greetings from Canada! I love your recipes. With your bread and butter pickles and your dill pickle recipes do you use pickling salt or table salt or does it matter? I would like to make these today.

    • Jenny

      I have only made them with regular table salt. (making some today)

  15. Grandmother B

    Jenny I have just discovered you on YouTube. I am really enjoying your videos and plan to make some of your no knead bread. I have made bread and butter pickles before. I was wondering if you knew how to make sweet gherkins which uses the whole cucumber when small. The ones in the grocery store are made with high fructose corn syrup and I wanted to cut that out of my diet. You have some great recipes, I added your blog to my blog reader too!!

  16. ally

    Hey jenny, I was wondering if you could use English cucumbers for this recipe.

  17. linda gendron

    can I use another kind of cucumber thank you love your recipes and the way you explain thing

    • Jenny

      I’ve been making my bread & butter pickles with Persian cucumbers because I can’t find the Kirbies right now. They turn out great.

  18. Jenny W

    How long can the pickles be refrigerated and still taste good? Just wondering how many batches to make now that cucumbers are in season here in the northeast. Thanks for your great recipes. I’ve enjoyed making so many of them and, of course, eating the fruits of labor.

    • Jenny

      Some sources say they keep for up to 2 months but from my experience, homemade bread & butter pickles are best eaten within two weeks.

  19. Karin

    I had some cucumbers from my garden to find a way to use and tried your recipe here. They are delicious and so easy to make .

    Thank You

  20. Stan

    Love your cooking and recipes!
    Can I get the 3 hour dill pickle recipe? It is gone from your website.
    Thank you!


    I always wanted to know how to pickle! you made it very easy and fun. I have one question for a first timer. Would it be okay to add lemons and carrots to this mixer?

    • Jenny

      I’m not sure since I’ve never done it but I think carrots, being hard vegetables, would never get picked in 3 hours.

  22. Keri

    Not familiar with a “Kirby” cucumber? Is it the same as a regular cucumber?

  23. sylvia

    This recipe sounds delicious and easy.
    How long will these stay good in the refrigerator?

    Love your video’s and recipe’s.


    • Jenny

      Mine have never lasted more than a couple of weeks but I think they would keep for a month or two.

  24. Jill Delgado

    My Mom made a pickle, like this dor as long as I can remember. I’m 80 and have made them my whole married life, and my children make them, now.

    These pickles, a sliced tomato and a piece of warm bread is the best meal in the world.

    Thanks for posting this so that others can have a “pickle party”!

    Love your site,,,


    • Donna

      I agree. I love picking fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden and eating them with any of the homemade breads on Jenny’s website – so yummy! I’ve made several jars of pickles already this year and will try this new pickle recipe.

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