Table of Contents
  1. What makes a pickle a pickle?
  2. Why not use dill flowers to flavor?
  3. Watch how to make these dilly beans
  4. How to Can Dilly Beans Recipe

Canning is in my blood. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in the kitchen with Mom and my grandmas, learning and preserving. Now, you can learn the same way right along with me!

Dill beans may be a new idea for you. Or, maybe you’re like me and have enjoyed them throughout your entire life. Either way, these are a quick and easy way to preserve beans, using a simple, vinegar brined pickle. Dills seeds give them that instant nostalgic flavor but the bean itself gives the best crunch.

Dare I say it? Maybe they’re even better than a traditional pickle!

Hand holding glass jar filled with green beans with a towel underneath and extra filled glass jars around with raw green beans on pan

What makes a pickle a pickle?

A pickle does not have to be made with cucumbers. That’s the most traditional but numerous vegetables can be pickled.

There are two types of pickles:

  • naturally fermented
  • vinegar brined

Since these dilly beans use vinegar, water, and salt, they’re a vinegar brine pickle. The vinegar mixture is heated together then poured over the beans along with seasonings. After being processed in a water bath, they’re shelf-stable and taste like a perfect briny, sour dill pickle!

Glass jar filled with bright green beans without lid and ring on top sitting among processed glass jars all on white countertop
Top down view of glass jar filled with green beans with extra canning supplied all around on white countertop

Why not use dill flowers to flavor?

Often in pictures for dill pickles, you’ll find beautiful flower heads in the jar. And don’t get me wrong: they can work great. But I find that you need to pick them at just the right stage for the seeds to impart the necessary flavor. Depending on the size and age, each flower could have a varied amount of flavor. Also, we don’t all grow dill.

Instead, I use dill seed, which can be easily found in the spice aisle of the grocery store. Dill seeds always have the same, even flavor. And when added to each jar, you can control the exact flavor you’re getting!

Close up view of glass canning jar filled with green beans with dill seeds floating down the side toward the bottom of the jar

Watch how to make these dilly beans

YouTube video
Glass canning jars filled with long green beans with extra glass jars in background and some fresh green beans in foreground

How to Can Dilly Beans

3.97 from 32 votes
If you love the flavor of dill, but don't always love the traditional cucumber pickle, then these dilly beans are the answer for you! They're a green bean that's canned in a vinegar and dill brine, making for a crisp that can be enjoyed later!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 6 pints


For the jars

  • 3-4 lb fresh green beans cleaned and washed
  • ½ medium onion cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 3 tsp dill seeds separated
  • 3 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

For the brine

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cup white distilled vinegar (5%)
  • 1 tbsp canning salt


  • Prepare lids and rings, water bath, and brine. Bring water bath and brine to a boil as the jars and beans are prepared.
  • Divide sliced onion in the bottom of each sterilized jar. This can be adjusted to personal preference. Take a bean and using the jar as a guide, trim the bean to within a half-inch of the top (leaving ½ inch for headspace). Trim all the beans using the "guide" bean for the length.
  • Place beans in jars, standing them upright and packing them slightly until the beans are tight in the jars. Add dill seeds on top of the beans. Optional: If a spicy bean is desired, add crushed red pepper flakes to each jar.
  • Once the water bath and brine are boiling, ladle brine on each jar, leaving ½ inch of headspace. Place prepared lids and rings on jars and place them in the water bath. Process for 12 minutes once the water starts to boil again.
  • After processing, use a jar lifter and set jars out of the water. Let rest for 12-24 hours before removing the rings. These should sit at least two weeks before being enjoyed but will last up to a year in a cool, dark place.


Serving: 0.125jarCalories: 16kcalCarbohydrates: 2.9gProtein: 0.7gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 148.6mgPotassium: 85.6mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 1.3gVitamin A: 15.6IUVitamin C: 4.8mgCalcium: 17.8mgIron: 0.4mg
Course Relish
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Canning

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      1. Yes, can you please clarify the amount of salt? I’m canning 4 lbs. of beans tomorrow… The recipe above clearly states 1 Tbsp. Thanks!

  1. Why, since we have to pressure seal green beens don’t we have to pressure seal these beans? Why can they just go into a water bath?

    1. These green beans are dilly beans and since they are made with a brine which contains vinegar it makes it a high acid food. Just plain green beans need to be pressure canned because they are a low acid food because the have no acid in the recipe just salt and water.

  2. 5 stars
    Can I use the same recipe for pickled asparagus? Thanks for the inspiration. My friend and I pickled for the first time; we made Mexican jalapenos with carrots and onion, serranos, and fresno chile peppers.

  3. I can’t find those 24oz canning jars anywhere for a reasonable price. Do you have a reliable supplier?

    1. I just bought some online at Walmart. I had to stalk the wrong site until they came back in stock at 1 am and bought them for pickup the next day at my local store. I’ve been looking for weeks.

  4. 5 stars
    I love everything you do!!!!! I wish I could have you live with me. You make everything look so effortless. Thank you for sharing your stories and everything!!!!!!!

  5. I have a bumper crop of green beans so I’m going to try to make these silly beans with all the excess. This will be my first canning experience; I’ve been intimidated by canning but you make it look very approachable- so thank you for giving me some confidence! Have you ever added a clove or two of garlic to each jar? We love garlic so I think I will try it! Thank you!

  6. Question about your dilly bean recipe: 3 teaspoons dill seed per jar? or 1/2 teaspoon per jar since the recipe makes 6 pints… thank you….

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you for making it make sense on the ” dill head ” dilemma for me! I had been searching for dilly bean recipes and could not figure out what stage the dill head was supposed to be picked for the recipe I had found. It will be much easier using this recipe that calls for dill seeds. I’m on it!