Simple Zucchini Pickles Recipe

Zucchini is notorious for its overwhelming harvest… put your zucchini glut to good use with our simple zucchini pickles recipe.

Zucchini is notorious for its overwhelming harvest – two or three zucchini plants will be more than enough for a family (and potentially all neighbours, too). 

(Pro tip…To reduce the glut, stagger your planting to one plant each month over spring. The fruit grows incredibly fast, so harvest regularly and enjoy them small for the best flavour. Alternatively, pick them with flowers still attached for a delicious treat of stuffed, battered and fried zucchini flowers.) 

If you’re looking to use up your zucchini glut you can’t go past this incredibly simple zucchini pickles recipe. Enjoy!

(You can watch the video on how to make our zucchini pickles recipe here).

Zucchini Pickles Recipe

Zucchini pickles recipe


  • 1.5kg zucchini
  • 2 onions 
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 2 cup raw or brown sugar
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • You can also add additional herbs and spices you might like.
Preserving Zucchini


Chop the onion and cut zucchinis into slices (you can add some squash too for a bit of colour if you like) and mix them together in a large bowl. Cover in salt and leave to sit for three hours to extract excess water.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a pot, stir while bringing to the boil.

Rinse off the zucchini/onion mixture.

Carefully pack the zucchinis into sterilised jars then carefully pour hot liquid (not boiling) over them. Fill the jars to just below the lid and ensure the lids are on well.

Next, place a tea towel or upturned bowl at the bottom of a deep saucepan, add the zucchini jars and cover the jars in cold water. Bring the water up to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to cool in the water.

Once jars are removed from the water bath, check to make sure each lid has sealed itself properly (the lids should be sucked in). Sealed jars will keep for many months so you can enjoy them in the off season once the zucchini glut is over!

Zucchini Pickles Recipe

Want more zucchini related content?

Check out our article on what to do when you have surplus zucchinis. Try our zesty zucchini cake recipe or read all about how to grow zucchini and other cucurbits like pumpkin, squash and melons in our article from Issue 30 of Pip here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This