How to Make Pickled Green Beans

by Trishia Mae Cordova on Jun 17, 2024

How to Make Pickled Green Beans


Let's be honest, fresh green beans can be a bit...well, boring. Don't get me wrong, I love a perfectly roasted green bean, but sometimes you crave something with a little more pizazz. That's where these quick pickled green beans come in!

This recipe has become my personal obsession. The tangy brine, the hint of spice, the satisfying crunch – they're the perfect flavor bomb to add to any dish. Plus, they come together in just 30 minutes, making them a total win for busy weeknights.

Now, let's get pickling!


Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 10 min

Serving: 8 jars


What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar



  • Rinse green beans and remove the stems.
  • Add sliced green beans, red pepper flakes, garlic, and thyme to the jar.
  • Add sugar, salt, water, and vinegar to the saucepan and boil it. When boiled, pour into the jar until the liquid completely submerges the green beans. Close the lid on the jar and remove any air bubbles.
  • Allow the jar cool on the counter until it reaches room temperature.
  • When cooled, place the jar into the fridge and allow it to pickle for 3 hours.
  • Quick pickled green beans are good for up to one month in the refrigerator.



Calories 32, Protein 1g, Carbohydrate 6g, Fat 1g, Sugar 3g


Helpful Tips:

  • For a different flavor profile, try using fresh dill instead of thyme, or experiment with a combination of herbs.
  • You can add other spices to the brine, such as black peppercorns, mustard seeds, or coriander seeds.
  • If you prefer sweeter pickles, add a bit more sugar to the brine. Be sure to taste the brine as you go to adjust the flavorings to your preference.
  • Sterilizing jars is key! This ensures safe storage. You can sterilize jars by boiling them in water for 10 minutes or running them through a hot dishwasher cycle.
  • Use colorful peppers! Adding sliced red or yellow peppers to the jar along with the green beans creates a beautiful pickled mix.


Serving Suggestions:

  • Pickled green beans add a burst of flavor and a delightful crunch to any cheeseboard. Pair them with cured meats, various cheeses, olives, and crackers.
  • Chopped pickled green beans add a tangy and spicy kick to green salads, potato salads, or pasta salads.
  • Add some zip to your burger with a spear or two of pickled green beans.
  • These pickles are a delicious and refreshing condiment for any hot dog or bratwurst.
  • Add a spear or two of pickled green beans to your next Bloody Mary for a flavor explosion!
  • Sometimes, the simplest option is the best. Enjoy these pickles on their own for a satisfying and tangy snack.


So there you have it! A simple and delicious recipe for quick pickled green beans. With minimal effort, you can have a flavorful and versatile condiment ready to go in no time. Enjoy!

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