Pickled green beans are multi-purpose; an appetizer, side dish, or snack that everyone loves (no canning required)!

Brined in vinegar, garlic, pickling spices, and sprigs of dill, green beans are light and refreshing snacks that are delicious on their own or they can be added to all kinds of drinks, appetizers, and platters! Best served cold and crunchy!

Quick Pickled Green beans in a jar

Perfectly Pickled Green Beans

  • AKA ‘Dilly Beans’, this pickled green beans recipe is a quick and easy version that doesn’t use a pressure canning process.
  • These beans have a tangy zesty and fresh flavor.
  • Simply make them and store them in the refrigerator until they’re ready to enjoy!
  • Short on time? No problem! Frozen green beans don’t need to be thawed.
  • Cook batches of pickled green beans and share as colorfully impressive hostess gifts!
Ingredients for pickled beans

Ingredients and Variations

Every jar of pickled green beans can be a colorful assortment of herbs, spices, and small, flavorful ornamentals like peppers.

GREEN BEANS: Fresh or frozen green beans should be of equal length and width. Garlic cloves should be whole and peeled, we prefer small cloves. Fresh dill is optional but recommended, choose fresh sprigs with thick, lacy fronds.

PICKLING SPICES: Premade pickling spices add great flavor. These blends are made with bay leaves, allspice berries, cardamom, cinnamon, dill seed, cloves, and mustard seeds.

VINEGAR: We use white vinegar but swap it out to change up the flavor. Try apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar or even white wine vinegar.


SPICY: Add whole red Thai chili peppers, sliced habanero peppers, or jalapenos to the jar before pouring in the brine. Add dried red pepper flakes and white or black peppercorns to the jar before pouring in the brine.

SWEET: Dissolve extra sugar into the brine during Step 2 to make these beans a little sweeter!

VEGETABLES: Add other veggies like carrot sticks or cucumber spears to have a mixture in flavor and textures.

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How to Make Pickled Green Beans

Everyone loves refrigerator pickles, they are so easy to make:

  1. Prepare green beans as directed in the recipe below.
  2. Pack beans upright in glass pint jars. Add garlic and pickling spices.
  3. Bring water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil in a small saucepan per the recipe below.
  4. Pour brine into each jar, covering the green beans. Let cool at room temperature.
  5. Place lids on jars and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
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How to Use Pickled Beans

These multi-purpose green beans have so many uses, you’ll want to double up on the recipe!

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Quick Pickled Green Beans

Make these homemade Quick Pickled Beans as sweet or spicy as desired!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 days 2 hours
Total Time 2 days 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4


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  • 1 ½ pounds green beans
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spices
  • 2 ¾ cups water
  • 1 ¼ cups white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • fresh dill optional


  • Wash beans and trim the ends. Place beans in jars along with garlic and pickling spices.
  • Bring water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil until dissolved.
  • Pour hot mixture over the beans. Cool at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • Place lids on jars and refrigerate at least 2 days before eating or up to 1 month.


The beans should be stored at least 2 days before eating but we find the best flavor after about 1 week.
Quick Pickled Beans can be stored in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 1 month. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 96 | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3510mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1182IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
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    1. Hi Kathy, that depends on how much you enjoy the dill flavor. I like to add about a tablespoon of fresh dill.

    2. Delicious! I added hot sauce before the pickling liquid and did not add pickling spice. They are spicy and amazing!

    1. Hi Judy, this recipe calls for one tablespoon of pickling spice for 1.5 pounds of green beans. I would divide the pickling spice evenly among the green beans. I hope this helps!

    1. Longer than 1 month and the beans can start to get soft and over time there can be risk of bacterial growth in the brine.

    1. It will depend on how big your jars are. You will need about 3 pint jars. I hope this helps Catherine!

  1. why would these beans have to be used in a month? If the jars were processed and sealed couldn’t they be kept longer?

    1. This recipe is for pickled beans, it is not a canning recipe and I do not have enough experience in canning to be sure. I hope this helps Pat!