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Easy Homemade Sweet Cucumber Relish

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Looking for an easy way to use up your cucumbers? Then you are going to love this sweet cucumber relish! This yummy homemade relish is so easy to can and is perfect to serve on hotdogs, hamburgers, sausages and more!

Making relish is one of my favorite canning times during the summer and fall.

It’s a great way to use up a lot of produce from your garden!

You know what I mean right?

We all get to that time of the growing season when our gardens are producing so much that you feel like you are being flooded with freshly picked veggies.

Easy Homemade Sweet Cucumber Relish text overlaid on a photo of relish in a mason jar.

Making batches of relish is a great way to use up all the extra vegetables! Relish is easy to make, really doesn’t take a lot of time and can be used as a topping on many foods throughout the year, not just hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages.

This sweet cucumber relish has to be my favorite cucumber relish recipe ever! We’ve enjoyed making many batches of this for years.

How To Make Sweet Cucumber Relish

Peeling and slicing cucumbers.
Peeling and slicing cucumbers

Wash and peel your cucumbers, then cut them in half lengthwise.

Scooping out cucumber seeds with a spoon.
Removing the seeds from inside the cucumbers

Next scoop out the seeds. This is really easy to do using a small spoon or even a grapefruit spoon.

Cutting cucumbers into chunks.
Slice the cucumbers into smaller sections

Slice the cucumbers into chunks so that they fit into your food processor better.

Sliced cucumbers in a food processor bowl.
Add sliced cucumbers to the food processor bowl

Chopped cucumbers in a food processor.
Chopped cucumbers

Using a food processor pulse them until they are the size you like.

Chopped peppers in a food processor.
Chopped peppers

Chopped onions in a food processor.
Chopped onions

Remove the seeds and stems from the peppers, peel and cut the onions in half. Then also pulse these in your food processor.

Adding salt to the vegetable mixture in a roasting pan.
Sprinkle vegetable mixture with canning salt

Place the cucumbers, peppers, and onions into a large bowl and add the canning salt. Cover and let the mixture sit overnight.

Drained vegetable mixture for relish.
Drain the vegetable mixture well to remove moisture

The next morning drain it well pressing out as much moisture as possible.

Adding vinegar
Add vinegar

Adding spcies
Add spices
Cooking the relish
Cooking the relish

Place the vegetable mixture into a large pot and add the sugar, vinegar, and spices. Bring them to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

A pot full of homemade relish ready to can.
Yum! Homemade relish ready to can

Ladle into pint or half-pint canning jars leaving 1/2” headspace.

Mason jars filled with cucumber relish.

Remove any air bubbles, wipe the rims clean and place the lids on. Process the relish for 10 minutes in a water bath canner or according to your altitude.

Jars of pickle relish ready to can.
Jars of pickle relish ready to can

Do You Have To Use Red Peppers?

Nope! If you don’t have red peppers on hand you can use yellow or green bell peppers. I like to use red because it adds a nice pop of color to the green cucumber relish but since I use homegrown vegetables I often make this recipe with green peppers if that’s what I have available in my garden.

Do You Have To Use A Food Processor?

No, if you don’t have a food processor you can still make this recipe. Either dice the cucumbers by hand or use a food mill if you have one.

When Is The Sweet Cucumber Relish Ready To Eat?

You should let the relish sit for 4-6 weeks to let the flavors fully develop before eating. I know it’s hard to wait but it’s really worth it!

What Type Of Cucumbers Do You Use For Relish?

For making homemade relish you can use slicing cucumbers or large pickling cucumbers. I avoid using English cucumbers as I find they don’t hold up well when making pickles or relish. But normal slicing cucumbers or pickling cucumber that have become too large to pickle work great for relish.

Can I Use This Recipe To Make Refrigerator Relish?

Yes, you sure can! If you are just to busy to start canning right now you can just place the cool jars of relish into your fridge. They will last a long time that way too.

See making homemade sweet cucumber relish is so easy, anyone can do it! So grab some fresh cucumbers, peppers, and onions and make up a batch of this yummy relish recipe to enjoy all year long.

Yield: 5 Pints

Sweet Cucumber Relish

Easy Homemade Sweet Pickle Relish

This sweet cucumber relish is the perfect treat on hot dogs, egg or potato salad and your other favourite dishes. Made with onions, bell peppers and just the right spices this classic sweet pickle relish has an amazing flavor!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 50 minutes


  • 10 cups cucumbers, chopped
  • 8 red bell peppers
  • 5 cups onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canning salt
  • 3 TBS celery seed
  • 3 TBS mustard seed
  • 2 tsp. Turmeric
  • 5 cups vinegar
  • 5 cups sugar


  1. Wash and remove stems from the cucumbers.
  2. Peel the cucumbers cut them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut them into large pieces and puls them in your food processor until they are the texture you like.
  3. Remove the seeds from the peppers and chop in your food processor.
  4. Peel and quarter the onions and pulse in the food processor.
  5. Combine all the vegetables into a large pot and cover with the pickling salt. Cover and let sit overnight.
  6. The next day drain out the liquid from the vegetable mix.
  7. Place the mixture back into a large pot and add the vinegar, sugar, and spices and bring it to a boil. Then turn down and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  8. Ladle into pint or half-pint canning jars, remove any air bubbles and wipe the rims clean. Place the lids and wrings on finger tight.
  9. Process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes, adjusting the time for your altitude.


  • If you are in a hury you can let the vegetable mixture sit in the salt for 2 hours instead of overnight.
  • If you don't have a food processor this recipe also works well by just chopping the vegetables by hand.

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Darlene Sunnerton

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Do you sell your yellow cucumber relish? I love it and used to make it but it is too hard for me now.

Amber Aiken

Monday 1st of August 2022

Did anyone find out if it is Apple cider or white vinegar. This would be very helpful to know. Thank you


Saturday 24th of September 2022

@Amber Aiken,

Unless specified, white vinegar is usually the one used. However, as long as your vinegar is 5% you can use either or even a combination of the two. Just ensure u use the total amount the recipe calls for. NOTE: Apple Cider Vinegar will give your finished product a darker color.

Erin B from MI

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

I had all my garden goodies that we didn’t consume from the summer frozen in my deep freeze because I could not get to canning them. This included some shredded cucumbers. My son loves relish but he is picky. I made this recipe and he loved it. It was easy to make for this novice garden canner and I agree it’s delish. Thanks!

Minnie from NE

Thursday 7th of October 2021

Does it matter if you use apple cider vinegar or should I use white vinegar


Monday 6th of September 2021

Hi Kim - Thank you for the recipe, I need to use some overgrown cucs. Question - how big are the bell peppers you are using? 8 seems like a lot? Can you give me a guesstimate in cups?

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