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bread and butter pickles
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5 from 2 votes

Bread and Butter Pickles

One of the most popular condiments since the 1920s, bread and butter pickles are perfect with meats, burgers and sandwiches.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting time12 hrs
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American, Australian, British
Keyword: bread and butter pickles
Servings: 1 medium jar
Calories: 1121kcal


  • 1 medium jar, sterilised
  • medium baking tray
  • medium saucepan
  • tongs or slotted spoon
  • food processor, cheese slicer or small knife (to finely slice cucumbers)


  • 4 Lebanese cucumbers (or equivalent)
  • 1/4 red capsicum
  • 1 small white or brown onion
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground tumeric


  • Wash cucumbers. Slice very thinly using a food processor, cheese slicer or knife.
    thinly sliced cucumbers for pickles
  • Thinly slice capsicum and onion.
  • Layer cucumbers, capsicum and onion in a baking tray, sprinkling each layer with salt. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave overnight in a cool, dark place.
    resting cucumbers overnight for pickles
  • The next day, add the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat to dissolve sugar. Increase heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  • While the pickling mixture is simmering, rinse the cucumbers, capsicum and onion in water and drain off liquid.
  • Once pickling mixture has simmered for 5 minutes, add the cucumbers, capsicum and onion. Bring the mixture to the boil again and then remove from heat immediately.
  • Use tongs or a slotted spoon to fill sterilised jar with cucumbers, capsicum and onion. Pour liquid into jar to the top and then seal jar.
  • Allow to cool and then store in the fridge.


  1. Bread and Butter Pickles will last in a sterilised jar up to about 6 months in the fridge.
  2. Sterilise jars by placing jars, lids and rubber seals in the dishwasher on the hottest cycle before removing and placing onto a paper towel-lined tray to air dry completely.


Calories: 1121kcal | Carbohydrates: 262g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 56650mg | Potassium: 2347mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 227g | Vitamin A: 2196IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 6mg