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Pickled cucumbers in a plate with spices

Pickled Cucumber

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This quick Pickled Cucumber recipe is super easy to prepare. It’s best served in sandwiches, salads and as a condiment to main meals.


  • 2 cucumbers, washed and finely sliced
  • 2 red onions, peeled and sliced
  • 500ml (2 cups) apple cider vinegar
  • 28g (2 tbsp) sea salt
  • 7g (1 tbsp) red chilli flakes
  • 2g (1 tsp) fennel seeds
  • 6g (2 tsp) yellow mustard seed
  • 6g (1 tsp) celery salt
  • 3g (1 tsp) turmeric
  • 150g (¾ cup) caster sugar


  1. Place the thinly cut cucumber slices in salted, ice water and let them soak for 1 hour.
  2. Place the vinegar, salt, fennel, mustard, celery salt, turmeric and sugar in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  3. Remove the pickling sauce from the heat and let it cool down.
  4. Drain the cucumber and dot dry with a paper towel.
  5. Place the cucumber and onions in a large, about 1ℓ (4 cups) sterilised jar, then pour in the pickling sauce.
  6. Close the lid and give a shake to mix the ingredients.
  7. Place in the fridge and wait for at least 1 hour before consuming. It will last for up to 1 week in the fridge.
  8. Enjoy as a side dish to meals, as a topping for salad, or as a sandwich filling. Enjoy!


The amount of cucumbers required depends on the size used, so adjust the amount used until the container is filled.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: British

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