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Easy Keto Pickles

When you’re in the mood for something crunchy but that won’t bust you out of ketosis, check out these sweet ‘n tangy Keto Pickles! Making pickles is easier than you might think, and you don’t need any special equipment – I’ll show you how!

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Craving something sweet and tangy but still crunchy and delicious? Nibble on totally keto pickles! The best part of these pickles is a) how crazy easy they are and b) they’ll keep fresh in the fridge for about a month! Ready? Let’s get started!

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What You Need To Make Keto Pickles

What Kind Of Cucumbers Do You Need for Keto Pickles?

You can really use any kind of cucumber, but the BEST pickling cucumbers are small with few seeds.

You can often buy baby English cucumbers in the grocery store and these work great! Or, in early summer, get to a farmer’s market and buy small pickling cucumbers. They’re my first choice for making this keto pickle recipe.

What you don’t want to use are the waxy cucumbers that are so cheap in the grocery store. The seeds are big and tough and hard to chew, and you’d have to peel them. Stick to smaller cucs with few seeds.

regular waxy cucumbers sliced and peeled
Sliced cucumbers with big, tough seeds – not good for pickling.
baby cucumbers sliced horizontally to show seeds
The best cucumbers for pickling have hardly any seeds.

How To Make Keto Pickles

  1. Trim the knobby ends of the cucumbers and use your mandolin to slice them into 1/8-inch thick rounds.
  2. Combine water, white sugar substitute, and white vinegar in a pot on the stove over medium heat and heat it until the sugar substitute has dissolved.
  3. Add the mustard seeds.
  4. Let the mixture cool, then add the cucumbers and refrigerate.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • This is a basic recipe that you can jazz up! Add sliced jalapenos for spicy sweet n’ tangy pickles, add some celery or caraway seeds for extra crunch, or add some thinly sliced sweet onion if you don’t mind a few extra carbs.
  • Don’t cook the cucumber! You don’t need to boil the cucumber slices! You want them to have that distinctive crunch!
  • Package the cucumber with enough pickling liquid to cover it.
  • Keep your keto pickles in the fridge for up to a month.
  • You can eat these pickles right away, but they taste best after a few days in the fridge.


I LOVE these sweet and tangy keto pickles with a hearty chaffwich, but they’re also great for just munching.

Treat yourself or some guests to a keto charcuterie plate loaded with Marinated Mushrooms, cheeses, and your favorite meats along with these sweet and tangy pickles.

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Keto Charcuterie Plate
Are pickles keto?

You bet! When you use a white sugar alternative, they’re totally keto and totally delicious! With about 2 net carbs per serving, you’re all set!

How long will keto pickles keep?

Under normal refrigeration and when covered by the pickling brine, these sweet and tangy pickles will keep for about a month in the fridge.

Can you freeze keto pickles?

Not really – they’ll freeze but they’ll lose a lot of their tangy crunch when you thaw them.

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Keto Pickles

Sweet, tangy, and delightfully crunchy, making your own pickles has never been easier!
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizers, keto charcuterie, keto pickles, keto snacks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 21kcal
Author Chef Jenn



  • Use a mandolin to slice the cucumbers 1/8 inch thick. Set aside.
  • Dissolve the sugar substitute in a pot with the water and vinegar over medium heat. Let cool.
  • When cool, add the mustard seeds
    and cucumber slices.
  • Refrigerate for up to a month.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbohydrates: 1g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

Want even more keto deliciousness? How about a meaty and cheesy sausage dish or a family-pleasing casserole. This chaffwich is a great pick for lunch, especially paired with one of these keto soup recipes.

about jenn

Hi, I’m Jenn!

I’m a cookbook author (Keto Soup Cookbook and Keto Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan) as well as a retired chef, recipe developer, and writer of this blog (that’s a lot of hats!). I embarked on a journey to create foodie-worthy Keto-friendly meals that any home cook can be proud of! No matter if you’re low-carb, no-carb, dirty, or strict Keto, there are recipes in Keto Cooking Wins for you and your family. Read more...

13 thoughts on “Easy Keto Pickles”

  1. We love pickles – they provide the perfect tangy snack! Definitely going to be giving this a try.

  2. Question, I bought cucumbers today but forgot the Mustard seeds. Live in the country and can’t make a quick trip to the grocery store. Do you think it will make a big difference in the taste. If so, I will wait until next week and get the mustard seeds. TIA

    • No worries! They add a bit of flavor and some crunch but you can omit them. Or, if you have some celery seed, add that! You could also add some onion or even some carrot to jazz up the flavor and color a bit. Have fun experimenting and let me know how it turns out!

      – Jenn

    • Hi Paul – mustard seed. The links were behaving oddly but they should be fixed now. Thanks for pointing this out! If you’re not inside the US, Amazon tries to be helpful with the links and will show you something similar if it’s not available locally.

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying to learn about keto, but I had no idea pickles weren’t keto! This recipe looks great and I can’t wait to try them!

  4. 5 stars
    I had no idea it was so easy to make homemade pickles at home, and love that these are keto friendly too! I’m going to make them today and can’t wait to enjoy them on sandwiches and burgers soon!

  5. 5 stars
    We love pickled cucumbers, my favorite ! Never knew we can add mustard seeds too, will try it the next time i make them!

  6. 5 stars
    Bursting with flavors and perfect for Toppings. Need to definitely stock some into my kitchen. Pickles are always yum.


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