Spicy Squash Refrigerator Pickles {quick & easy!}

Make these Spicy Squash Refrigerator Pickles in just a few minutes. They have a fresh texture and a fabulous spicy kick!

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To say that I am smitten with these Spicy Squash Refrigerator Pickles would be an understatement.

I love everything about them.

These fun little slices are ultra easy to prepare, and have a fresh texture and fabulous flavor with a spicy kick. They have found a permanent place on my summer recipe roster.

The refrigerator pickles are an awesome way to enjoy all this wonderful summer squash that’s available right now, in a whole new spunky kind of way. Grab the recipe and get started!

*Here are a few more quick and easy refrigerator pickles recipes I’m loving right now: This mixture of Pickled Vegetables is definitely a favorite of mine. I am rarely without a jar of these Pickled Red Onions in the fridge. And these Sweet Refrigerator Dill pickles – I NEED them for my sloppy Joes!

(This post was originally published in 2014, and remains one of my favorite quick pickled recipes. Some of the photos and some of the text were updated in 2018.)

Smitten with Squash by Amanda Paa

Do you know Amanda Paa from Heartbeet Kitchen? She is a friend of mine from here in Minnesota, known for her gluten-free cooking and baking. She is a bubbly, sweet person with a signature beaming smile and tinkly laughter.

If you like squash, I recommend you check out Amanda’s book Smitten with Squash.

In between its covers, Amanda’s passion for cooking with fresh ingredients – specifically with her beloved squash – is translated to paper in the sunny manner that Amanda is known for. Along with a host of wonderful recipes, she includes a bit of history from the Cucurbit (my new favorite word!) plant family of hundreds of varieties of squash and helpful kitchen tips. All of the recipes include both regular and gluten-free instructions.

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How to make pickled squash

I had never pickled squash before.

When I opened my copy of Smitten with Squash for the first time, I went straight to the section on summer squash because “tis the season”. It didn’t take me long to flag half a dozen recipes to try.

First up was this spicy version of squash pickles.

This refrigerator pickle recipe is SO EASY to make. I like to use this mandoline, for uniform slices that are quick and easy. A simple brine is heated on the stove top and then poured over the yellow squash and zucchini slices. And that. is. all. REALLY! It’s that easy.

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Refrigerator pickles are a fresh treat

This refrigerator pickle recipe turned out to be such a treat! If you’re looking for a super easy recipe to add a little fun to your next summer spread, give these spicy squash pickles a try.

Blake doesn’t really care for all my pickling experiments, and I’m ok with that. But it was fun to come across a recipe that he actually dug into the jar for more than the required I-tasted-it-so-now-leave-me-alone taste test. He liked these spicy refrigerator pickles a whole lot. I see a few more jars in our future before summer ends.

If you like this recipe for spicy squash refrigerator pickles, you might like:

*Here are a few more recipes I’d like to try: These Pickled Green Tomatoes from Mama Loves Food sound awesome. And Spicy Dill Refrigerator Pickles from All Day I Dream About Food and Easy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles from That Skinny Chick Can Bake look worthy of my pickle-dreams-come-true!

Spicy Squash Refrigerator Pickles {quick & easy!}

These refrigerator pickles come together in just a few minutes. They have a fresh texture and a fabulous spicy kick.

Yield: 6 cups

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:5 minutes

Total Time:25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 9 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 3 large cloves garlic, halved
  • 3 tsp. mixed peppercorns
  • 1-1/2 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 3 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 lbs. yellow squash and zucchini, sliced into thin rounds.
  • 1/3 c. thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 1-1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/4 c. water
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2-1/2 T. honey

Directions:

*Note: To slice the yellow Squash and zucchini, I highly recommend this mandoline. It features simple adjustments, for ultra thin or thick slices. The blade is super sharp and creates perfect slices FAST! This is one of my very favorite tools.

In a large glass jar or bowl that holds about 2 quarts, add the cilantro, garlic, peppercorns, coriander, red pepper flakes, zucchini, and onion. Set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring vinegar, water, salt, and honey to a boil. Pour hot mixture over contents in the jar, pressing down on the vegetables so that brine covers them completely. Let cool on the counter to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or 2 days for maximum flavor. Keeps in refrigerator for 2 months.

Note: Amanda’s recipe calls for using 3 pint-size jars and dividing the cilantro, garlic, peppercorns, coriander, red pepper flakes, squash, zucchini, and onion evenly amongst the three jars before pouring the hot brine into the jars. I altered the recipe to make just one larger 2-quart jar

Adapted from “Bumper Crop Spicy Squash Pickles” in Smitten with Squash by Amanda Paa.

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(This post was originally published in 2014, and remains one of my favorite quick pickled recipes. Some of the photos and some of the text were updated in 2018.)

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