Fermented cucumber – Family recipe

Fermented cucumber – Family recipe

Fermented cucumbers are the eternal summer favourites in Hungary. Sunshine and warm are necessary to prepare these delicious fermented pickles.

Fermented cucumber – Family recipe

Fermented cucumber – Family recipe

Make old-fashioned fermented pickles like my grandmother. She had taught me this recipe and I always follow her instructions.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: cucumber, easy, fermented, summer
Servings: 8 people
Author: Myreille


  • glass jar


  • 500-1000 grams baby cucumbers (gherkins)
  • 2-3 stalks dill fresh, with heads
  • 1 teaspoon acid
  • 1 tablespoon salt (1 tablespoon per 1.5 liters water)
  • 1 slice bread


  • Bring the boil the 1-1.5 liter water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the hot water, stir it and cool it.
  • Thoroughly wash and scrub the cucumbers. Cut the ends off and slice into them lengthwise in both ends, but do not cut it so they stay in one piece.
  • Put the cucumbers in the jar.
  • Place the dill among the cucumbers.
  • Place the bread on the top of cucumbers. Pour the food-grade
  • Pour salted water to cover the cucumbers and the bread.
  • Cover the jar with a small plate or bowl and place the jar
  • Place the jar in a warm and half sunlight to let the lactic acid fermentation start.
  • It will take 3-4 days to get the cucumbers fermented. The water will turn cloudy during fermentation.
  • When the cucumbers are fermented, throw away the bread then keep the jar in the fridge.


You could seasoning the cucumbers with pepper, coriander seed or garlic too.
The fermented cucumbers keep, refrigerated for up to 2-4 weeks.