Spicy MSG pickles

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1 quart jar of pickles
schedule 15 minutes
schedule 10 minutes
schedule 25 minutes
Spicy and dilly and savory pickles are great as a snack or in a sandwich. A great addition to any refrigerator. I based this recipe off of this tweet from Joshua Weissman and added extra spice.


  • 3 pickling cucumbers (this is very variable because cucumbers are such different sizes. You just want enough pickles to fit your quart jar)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 or 3 sprigs fresh dill
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons MSG
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (double this for extra spicy)


Slice cucumbers into coin shapes and pack into a quart sized mason jar.

Roughly chop garlic cloves and add those and the fresh dill sprigs to the jar with the cucumbers. Try to pack them down a little. 

Add vinegar, water, sugar, salt, msg and red pepper flakes to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. 

Bring vinegar mixture to boil. As soon as it starts boiling, stir mixture, remove from heat and pour it into the jar over the cucumbers. This is obviously a hot pot pouring hot liquid so be careful. I typically do the pouring process in the sink so any spilled near-boiling liquid does not hurt anyone. 

Close the jar lid and let rest on your counter until cool. 

Add to fridge and enjoy some great pickles over the next few weeks. 

Have you made this recipe? Tag @beerinator and let him know!


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