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Refrigerator Dilly Beans {Pickled Beans Recipe}

Learn the secrets of how to make amazing Refrigerator Dilly Beans. This easy recipe for pickled beans involves zero canning and will help you “put up” the summer bounty in a delicious and snackable way.

Two jars of dilly beans with garlic and red peppers on a wooden board

Dilly beans are one of those foods that I have a hard time controlling myself around once I get started. They’re so crunchy, delicious, and addicting that you’ll just want to keep eating them.

At least they’re a vegetable, right? Surely vegetable binging can’t be bad.

What Are Dilly Beans?

Dilly beans are the love child of a green bean and a dill pickle.

They met at a concert for a Def Leppard covered band called Mock of Ages. A few drinks had, choices were made, and today, these jars of refrigerator dilly beans are ours to enjoy.

Ok, ok. Dilly beans are actually just pickled green beans. They’re super crisp and delicious and pretty much everything you want in life.

Love a good pickled veggie recipe? Try my Nana’s Cucumber and Onion Salad, and these Refrigerator Pickled Beets.

a strainer of green beans and other spices for dilly beans on a wooden board

If you love fresh green beans, check out this Spicy Green Beans recipe. Do you love easy no-canning garden preservations tips? You’ll love these posts on Freezing Zucchini and Freezing Peas!

What Kind of Beans Should I Use in a Dilly Bean?

Use bush or pole beans that are fairly uniform in size. I like to pick beans no fatter than a pencil. The beans inside haven’t yet developed and become tough, and you’re going to get an amazing crunchy pickled product as a result.

You can use any color of bean – green, purple, or the white wax beans. If you happen to grown beans yourself, I love planting purple “green” beans because they’re so easy to find in the vines! They turn green when cooked, but there are no sneaky ninja beans hiding and making harvesting a challenge.

Related: DIY Garden Trellis

Do not use beans labeled “petite haricot verts”, which is French for “makes crappy dilly beans”. I think. I don’t know, I took ASL in school.

How Do You Use Dilly Beans?

Fresh eating (obvs), on burgers, in a salad, a crudites platter, or a cheese and meat tray are all wonderful ways to use up this awesome pickled garden bounty.

Can I Make These Whole30/Paleo?

Yes! Just leave out the sugar. They will still be amazing.

two jars of dilly beans, a head of garlic, and red pepper flakes on a wooden board

So Can I Can These? Can I?

Just to make it crystal clear before we get started, this recipe is for refrigerator dilly beans. These beans are NOT shelf stable and must be stored in the fridge. They should not be canned as the recipe is written.

If you would like a safe method for canning/preserving dilly beans, the Ball Blue Book of Canning is my favorite trusted canning resource. Marissa over at Food in Jars has a great online recipe as well.

Here’s How to Make Them:

*A detailed and printable recipe card is available at the bottom of this post.

Wash and trim the beans.  Make sure they all fit length-wise in the jar that you’re using.

Make your brine

In a saucepan, bring water, vinegar, salt, sugar, and garlic to a boil. Once it has boiled and the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat, set aside and allow it to come to room temperature.

Blanch the beans

Boil green beans for 1 minute, and then drain and immediately put in a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes. Drain the beans and set aside. For more in-depth info about this process, check out this post on Blanched Green Beans.

Make the Dilly Beans

In your clean jars, place onion, peppercorns, and red pepper flakes in the bottom.

Add your beans to the jars. Tuck some of the dill amongst the beans.

Pour the brine over the beans, put a lid on them and keep them on the counter for 12 hours. Transfer to the fridge.

Process steps for making homemade dilly beans

How Long Do You Have to Wait To Eat Dilly Beans?

Allow the jars to sit in the fridge for two days before consuming. But um, if you’re anything like me you may need to do a few test bites before those two days are up!

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes:

  • Need to make more or less of the recipe? Click and slide the “servings” number on the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust as needed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  • Use the freshest beans you can find; farmer’s markets are a great source for just-picked beans. The fresher the beans, the crispier the finished product.
  • On average, one pound of beans = one quart of dilly beans.
  • Use regular mouth jars if possible. The shoulders/neck of the jars keep the beans in place. And lean those jars on the side when stuffing the beans in. It helps you pack them in better. TWSS.
  • The dilly beans will keep in the fridge for 3-6 months.
  • You do not need to sterilize the jars as if you were going to can them. But do make sure they’re clean!

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a jar of dilly beans and a head of garlic on a wooden board

Refrigerator Dilly beans WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Refrigerator Dilly Beans has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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Two jars of dilly beans with garlic and red peppers on a wooden board
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5 from 6 votes
Refrigerator Dilly Beans {Pickled Beans Recipe}
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Resting time
12 hrs
Total Time
20 mins
 

Learn the secrets of how to make addicting refrigerator dilly beans. This easy recipe for pickled beans involves zero canning.

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dilly beans, pickled green beans, refrigerated pickled beans
Servings: 10
Calories: 52 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Make your brine: in a saucepan, bring water, vinegar, salt, sugar, and garlic to a boil. Once it has boiled and the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat, set aside and allow it to come to room temperature.

  2. Wash and trim the beans. Make sure they all fit length-wise in the jar that you're using.

  3. Blanch the beans: boil green beans for 1 minute, and then drain and immediately put in a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes. Drain the beans and set aside.

  4. In your clean jars, place onion, peppercorns, and red pepper flakes in the bottom.

  5. Add your beans to the jars. Tuck some of the dill amongst the beans.

  6. Pour the brine over the beans, put a lid on them and keep them on the counter for 12 hours. Transfer to the fridge. Allow them to sit in the fridge for 2 days before consuming.

Recipe Notes

Use the freshest beans you can find; farmer's markets are a great source for just-picked beans. The fresher the beans, the crispier the finished product.

 

On average, one pound of beans = one quart of dilly beans.

 

Use regular mouth jars if possible. The shoulders/neck of the jars keep the beans in place.

Nutrition Facts
Refrigerator Dilly Beans {Pickled Beans Recipe}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 52
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 150mg7%
Potassium 220mg6%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 660IU13%
Vitamin C 12.1mg15%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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22 comments on “Refrigerator Dilly Beans {Pickled Beans Recipe}”

  1. Do the beans need to be completely covered by brine, I used 4 pounds of beans and doubled the recipe for brine but didn’t have enough to cover beans

    • Yes, you do want them covered to keep them fresh. How much “bean” is exposed? When that happens to me (some beans are just thirstier than others!), and it’s just a little bit to go, I will combine just water and vinegar.