Inside Scoop: If you love a good pickle, you’ll love these easy Quick Spicy & Sweet Refrigerator Cucumbers.

Have you ever tried refrigerator cucumbers, AKA quick pickles before?

If you have, then you know that they can really add depth to your sandwiches and salads. And, if you haven’t tried refrigerator cucumbers, then good friend, you are going to love this recipe.

Quick refrigerator cucumbers are the perfect lazy hack for regular pickles. All you need to do is slice cucumbers into thin medallions and add them to a vinegar and sugar mixture and let them soak the flavours overnight, so simple.

No mega jarring sessions, just quick and simple cucumbers that can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks and used in so many delicious dishes.

We decided to change these quick pickles up a little bit by adding a little bit more flavour, and are using cane sugar instead of highly processed white sugar. Since we love a good bit of spice and a dash of sweet, we are throwing in a bit of chili peppers, shallots and mixing it all together with apple cider vinegar and cane sugar.

Simple, delicious and bursting with flavour.

We love these Quick Spicy & Sweet Refrigerator Cucumbers especially on salads, like this Kale Salad With Creamy Garlic Dressing or as a side dish to add some tang to these healthy Steam Whistle Fish & Chips. These pickles are also the perfect meal prep idea that can take some basic chicken, rice, and baked veggies and turn them into something really amazing!

Using apple cider vinegar for refrigerator cucumbers is also a great option, as it’s been shown to have an antimicrobial effect, and helps lower the growth of gram-negative bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (which are a bacteria strain that can contribute to leaky gut). Not only does it help inhibit these strains of bacteria, but it also has antiviral, anti-yeast and anti-fungal benefits- making it really, truly great for your gut.

We would love to add apple cider vinegar to our list of top gut friendly foods, which include plenty of foods with prebiotic fiber and probiotics. Since we know it’s not always clear as day to know which foods to eat and which ones to avoid when you’re trying to heal your gut, we created a downloadable file so that you can have access to our top 25 favourite Gut Healing Foods. You can download this gut friendly food list here:

So, if you haven’t tried quick refrigerator pickles/ cucumbers, we definitely think you need to test out this recipe and let us know what you think. And, don’t forget if you try this recipe tag us on social using the hashtag #naughtynutrition.


Quick Spicy & Sweet Refrigerator Cucumbers

If you love a good pickle, you’ll love these easy Quick Spicy & Sweet Refrigerator Cucumbers. The perfect sandwich or salad topper.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Healthy
Keyword refrigerator cucumbers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Fridge time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 20 kcal


  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 cucumber small, sliced thin
  • 1 shallot julienned
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes * go up to 1/2 tsp depending on how spicy


  1. Mix the vinegar and cane sugar in bowl until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. You can taste test the mixture to make sure the ratio is to your liking, you can add more sweetness, more spice, or more vinegar.
  3. Add shallot and chili flakes, then cucumber. Make sure the cucumber is almost submerged so they can soak all the flavours.
  4. Leave in fridge overnight before using.

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