These sweet and spicy low carb and Keto pickles have less than 1g net carb per serving.
"Smart moms know how kids minds grow upon... Sweet Pickles!"
I've had this jingle stuck in my head all morning as I worked on this recipe for sweet pickles (commercial below).
Sweet Pickles was this children's book subscription service in the 1980's.
The books chronicled a ragtag crew of over-sized animals. Each animal had a terrible character flaw. There was Jealous Jackal, Accusing Alligator, Yakety Yak and of course, their ringleader, Goof-off Goose. Every month their bad behavior got them into some kind of "pickle".
Hence the name.
Like so many things from my childhood, there are elements of Sweet Pickles that would never fly today. Enormous Elephant the over-eating pachyderm? Unlikely. And I don't even know what was going on with X-Rating Xerus (an actual character).
But anyway, pickles.
Here's my recipe for sweet and spicy pickles. Not to be a Smarty Stork, but this might just be the best low carb pickle recipe on the Internet.
Low Carb Keto Sweet & Spicy Pickles
These sweet and spicy low carb pickles have less than 1g net carb per serving.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 5
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 64 1x
- Category: Condiment
- Cuisine: American
- 6 cups sliced cucumbers (about 2 pounds)
- 1 cup sliced onion
- 1 cup sliced red and yellow bell peppers
- 1 ½ cup white vinegar
- 1 cup Swerve or equivalent granulated sweetener
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon mustard seed
- ½ teaspoon celery seed
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
1. Bring the vinegar, sweetener, and spices to a boil.
2. Pour the liquid over the onions and cucumbers in a resealable container.
3. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 days.
- Serving Size: 6 slices
- Calories: 3
- Fat: <1
- Carbohydrates: <1
- Fiber: <1
- Protein: <1
Keywords: Low Carb Pickles, Keto Pickles, Paleo Pickles
If you liked this low carb pickle recipe, then you might like my recipe for pickled eggs.
Sephra Ramdeo says
I dont like regular pickles because they're so tart and because I am diabetic I never tried sweet pickles so was pleased to find your recipe. I've tried it and it came out greater than expected. It was my first time making and canning pickles and I wasn't sure if onions would cause it to spoil as it's being canned and shelved until open so I left the onions out. I could just imagine how delicious they are with them. I would like to know if your recipe can be canned just as it is and be shelf stable. Thank you!
Emily Krill says
Great, glad you liked the pickles. You can can them like you would regular pickles.
I made these today, did a taste test this evening, and love them!
I used a qt size Mason jar and was short on liquid, so I just topped it off with a little water.
They were great with a brisket sandwich. I've missed sweet pickles so thank you!
Sure thing! Glad you like them.
Hey folks, if you want a substitute sweetener for canning, use erythritol (a little more), xylitol, tagatose, or allulose. All of these sweeteners are great for canning, prevent microbial growth, and don't break down with heat. Do not water bath can with other sweeteners, *especially* aspartame. Don't reduce the proportion of vinegar. Can in pint jars for safety's sake.
It's a bit late for the person wanting relish, but I plan to use extra mustard seed and onion in this recipe and just give it a whiz in the food processor before canning in half pints (I don't think it would be safe water bath canned in larger jars).
Denise Freitas says
I used your recipe for some spicy sweet pickle slices to use up some of the abundance of fresh cucumbers from our 2021 garden. They are delicious. I canned 4 pints in a water bath. I added 1/8th tsp Pickle Crisp to each pint to ensure that they were not mushy. I used a combination of pure allulose and liquid sucralose drops. I used more red pepper flakes to make mine a bit spicier. I used minced dried onions because i didn't have any fresh onions. They remind me of my mother's bread & butter pickles. These will be made annually. Thanks for a great recipe
Sure thing. These pickles are really big in my family.
How long will these last in refrigerator? and are they freezable?
They'll last on the fridge for 2-3 months before starting to soften.
And yes, they are freezable for up to a year.
Gary Sloan says
I have a recipe for a sweet pickle (I call a mustard pickle) and have used monk fruit sweetener and find them to be to vinegary what am I doing wrong? (according to the internet use 1/4 cup of monk compared to 1 cup of sugar). I have even added more monk but it doesn't seem to make a difference. This recipe doesn't call for the brine to be heated. Would heating help sweeten it?
I can't really speak to somebody else's recipe. You should really try mine, it's delicious.
Monk fruit/Erythritol blend is a 1:1 substitution.
Julie Scriver says
Love Love Love this SF pickle recipe! I made it last week, made my husband a salami bunwich with a Keto bun and put some of the pickles inside. He loved it! I confess, I canned them in a hot water bath for 10 minutes (for pint jars) on Friday and opened a jar up Sunday to use in his bunwich. They were perfect! I used Xylitol, a little less that a cup. I'll be making more of these while I can still get the small cucumbers.
So glad you guys liked the pickles! Thanks for letting me know.
LOVE these pickles. The only downside is that I can’t stay out of them and I have to make them again 😊 I used Monkfruit/Erythritol blend as it is my ‘go-to’ sweetener. I used a little less than 1 cup, as I now prefer things less sweet, and they are just fantastic. I think next year I will add a bit more chili flakes and can a BUNCH to last the year. Thank you for the recipe!
Sure thing! Glad you like them.
Bernadette Schell says
Do you have a recipe for low carb sweet relish using stevia or keto approved sweetener? Want to make the kind that can be stored on shelves. TIA
You know I haven't. I just did a quick search and found a very easy way to do it though. Hip2Keto takes pre-made dill relish and just adds stevia. https://hip2keto.com/recipes/easy-keto-relish-hacks-low-carb-recipes/
Tammie Sokoloff says
I do the same thing, take Bubbies kosher dill relish and add monk fruit drops until I get the right sweetness. It really works!!! I love your pickles too. Making a double batch this weekend.
If I water bath it will it last couple of months?
Yes, they can like regular pickles.