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Quick Pickled Green Beans

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At Thanksgiving years ago I made a pickled carrot recipe from Gourmet magazine, which my family loved. It’s become a holiday staple.

Recently, when a friend asked if I had a recipe for quick-pickled green beans, I thought of those carrots. Voilà! These make a nice addition to a picnic or appetizer spread.


¾ lb. green beans, topped
cups water
1 cup cider vinegar
¼ cup sugar
2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
Tbsp. dill seeds
1 small dried red chile
Tbsp. salt


  1. In a large saucepan, in gently boiling water, blanch the green beans for 3 to 5 minutes, just until tender. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Transfer beans to a heatproof container.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the water, vinegar, sugar, garlic, dill seeds, red chile, and salt to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour the pickling liquid over the beans and cool, uncovered.
  4. Chill, covered, at least 1 day for the flavors to fully develop.

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1. by Josh C. on Sep 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM PDT

Great recipe (and thanks for the pickled carrot recipe too)! Any chance you know if the pickled beans could be preserved in the fridge for long(er) periods of time or should it be pressure canned if I wanted to keep it on hand for a few months?

2. by Sue on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:29 PM PDT

Here is a recipe for canning.. USDA approved.

3. by Fasenfest on Sep 25, 2011 at 8:39 PM PDT

It is the vinegar in that recipe that is the preserving agent. Whether you can them or not they will stay in good form in the fridge for as long as it takes to eat them. I have a various batches of pickled vegetables that I just keep adding fresh stuff too as the summer progresses (or as the summer went). So the quick answer is they will keep nicely in the fridge, you don’t have to can them but if you do you can use a boiling water bath since the vinegar is the acidifying agent that makes them save for boiling water canning. You would need a pressure canner if you weren’t pickling them. Hope that answers the question.

4. by SunRa on Jul 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM PDT

awesome recipe!!! tasted mine today and they are delicious!!! of course, i added thinly sliced onion and a few green chilis for a little spice :)

5. by MK on Aug 26, 2012 at 5:31 AM PDT

Why dill seeds? I have chopped dill, will that work?

6. by Carrie Floyd on Aug 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM PDT

Dill seeds have a concentrated dill flavor and lend themselves to a quick preparation. That said, try fresh dill and left us know how it turns out.

7. by banqueteria en santiago on Sep 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM PDT

muchas gracias por la receta esta buenisima

8. by sbatutis on Jul 26, 2013 at 6:30 AM PDT

This was a good recipe, but I don’t think you need to blanch the beans - I did, but then when you pour the hot brine over them, they cook more. So they weren’t as crunchy as I would have liked. Next time I may try without blanching. I also didn’t have a dried chile, so I put red pepper flakes into the brine and that worked out fine.

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