How to Make Homemade Pickle Relish

How to Make Homemade Pickle Relish shows you how to take your BBQ to the next level with not-so-difficult-to-make Pickle Relish.  It’s the perfect balance of savory with a touch of sweetness.  And the dill just puts it over the top.  Once you have this, you will never, ever buy the bottled stuff again!  Let’s have a BBQ!  With Homemade Pickle Relish!  135% Loon Approved!

How to Make Homemade Pickle Relish

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Condiment
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Kris Longwell
Homemade Pickle Relish is the perfect accompaniment for burgers and hot dogs at your next BBQ. The tart and sweet flavors go together perfectly, and the fresh dill puts it over the top. This doesn't take forever to make, and easily double or triple the recipe for a big crowd, or freeze portions. Relish perfection! Relish keeps, chilled, for up to 1 month.


  • 2 cups Kirby cucumbers peeled and finely chopped (about 3 Kirby cukes)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch dissolved in 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped


  1. Toss cucumber and onion with 3/4 teaspoon salt in a sieve set over a bowl and let drain for 3 hours.
  2. Place cucumbers and onion in cheese cloth (or a kitchen towel) and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  3. Bring vinegar, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then boil until reduced to about 1/2 cup, 3 - 4 minutes.
  4. Add cucumber-onion mixture and simmer, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir cornstarch slurry, then stir into relish.
  6. Mix in dill.
  7. Simmer, stirring, for 1 minute.
  8. Transfer relish to a bowl and chill, uncovered, until cold, about 1 1/2 hours.


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  • Thank you for your recipe! This looks very easy to follow and something that would not take alot of time to make at all. Is there anything I can add to include a little bit of heat with the pickles? Nothing crazy, just a little bit of bite. Thank you!

    • Thanks, Billy! We really think you’ll like this recipe. You could always add some chopped jalapeno. But you’d also get some nice heat if you added in a teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Let us know how it turns out! Best, Kris & Wesley

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