Bread & butter pickles

Bread & butter pickles

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 5 mins plus at least 4 hrs soaking and marinating


Makes 500ml
These homemade sliced gherkins are addictively sweet and salty - make a batch and enjoy in burgers, salads, or with cold meats

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal16
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 400g Lebanese or Kirby cucumber (about 6-7 small ones), cut into 1cm thick slices (available at Whole Foods or from a greengrocer)
  • 1 medium onion, cut into thick slices



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tbsp rock or flaked sea salt
  • 300ml apple cider vinegar
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp celery seeds
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp yellow or brown mustard seeds


  1. Put the cucumbers, onion slices and salt in a sieve set over a bowl, and cover with ice and something to weigh it down. Let stand for 1-2 hrs in the fridge, then drain well. (This helps to push the water out of the cucumber, which means it will stay crunchy later when brined.)

  2. Meanwhile, put the vinegar, 200ml water, the sugar, turmeric, celery seeds, chilli flakes and mustard seeds in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins. Remove from the heat and leave to cool to room temperature. Put the cucumber and onion mixture in a 500ml- capacity jar or sealable plastic container, pour over the brining liquid, cover and seal. Chill for at least 3 hrs. Will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.

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4th Aug, 2019
Great recipe and the pickles can be eaten after a few hours which is a bonus. Highly recommend
15th Jun, 2016
Made these using leftover snacking cucumbers. Had to substitute the cider vinegar for white wine vinegar but turned out great. Cucumber remained crisp and brine was the perfect balance of sweet & salty. Tasted better than any shop bought gherkins that I've tried! An easy recipe that's great for BBQ season.
12th Aug, 2015
I've never made this type of recipe before, but love the ones you buy in the supermarket. Very easy to make & they tasted delicious. Tried out on the family & they raved about them. Will certainly make again.
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7th Oct, 2017
Why are they called ‘bread and butter’ pickles?
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11th Oct, 2017
Have a look at the recipe tip above for the history of the name!
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