15 + Uses for Pickle Juice (Don’t Toss the Brine!)

Stop pouring your pickle juice down the drain and start cooking with it instead! In these 15+ creative recipes, you’ll discover ways to repurpose the tangy brine, and reduce food waste by adding that salty, vinegary and pickled flavor to your dishes!

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There are so many creative and surprising ways to use up pickle juice, from a mouth-watering brine for chicken, dill pickle hummus, tangy salad dressing, deviled eggs to a dill pickle martini!

How long can you keep pickle juice in the refrigerator?

Typically, you can keep pickle juice in the refrigerator for several months, up to 6 months or even longer. To ensure that the pickle juice stays fresh, store it in a tightly sealed glass jar in the refrigerator and use clean utensils when scooping out the pickles to avoid contamination.

Can pickle juice be used as a marinade?

Yes, pickle juice can be used as a marinade! The acidity and flavor of pickle juice makes it a great option for marinating meats, especially chicken and pork. The acidity helps tenderize the meat and adds a tangy flavor.

15+ Delicious Ways to Use Up Pickle Juice

Grilled chicken breasts on plate with pickles.
Put your leftover pickle juice to use in this easy Pickle Juice Chicken recipe! Chicken breasts are brined in pickle juice, then cooked on the grill to give you juicy meat infused with a craveable blend of zesty flavors.
Pickle Juice Chicken
This Dill Pickle Martini is a fun twist on the traditional dirty martini. Made with just 3 ingredients – vodka (or gin), pickle juice and dry vermouth.
Dill Pickle Vodka Martini
Overhead shot of remoulade in bowl with shrimp surrounding it.
This Louisiana-style Remoulade Sauce is a smoky + tangy dipping sauce. Perfect for po’ boys, cooked shrimp, fried green tomatoes + crab cakes. 
Remoulade Sauce
One-Pot Dill Pickle Soup. Creamy and tangy, with the unmistakable flavor of dill pickles. You will love this soup if you love pickles!
Dill Pickle Soup
This high-protein Cottage Cheese Dip is a quick 10-minute recipe, ideal for daily snacking or as an appetizer for party platters. It’s a super simple dip that brings out the deliciousness of dill pickles and makes eating your veggies extra tasty!
Recipe: Life Around the Table
High Protein Dill Pickle Dip
Adding your leftover pickle juice to homemade ranch dressing is easy and it makes the ranch extra tangy and delicious!
Recipe: Make the Best of Everything
Pickle Juice Ranch Dressing
Dill potato salad features tender red potatoes tossed in a creamy dressing! A simple, fail-proof potato salad side dish for your next picnic.
Recipe: Table For Two Blog
Dill Potato Salad
Change up your classic coleslaw with this Dill Pickle Coleslaw. Creamy dressing spiked with pickle juice, chopped pickles and fresh dill brings all the pickle flavor.
Recipe: Meg's Everyday Indulgence
Dill Pickle Coleslaw
These pickleback chicken wings are inspired by a pickleback shot – a shot of whiskey chased with a shot of pickle juice.
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
Pickleback Wings
This Dill Pickle Hummus is incredibly flavorful and so easy to make too! It’s a great appetizer to have on hand for all things dipping and spreading!
Recipe: Plant Based On a Budget
Dill Pickle Hummus
Our dill pickle chicken salad features that amazingly tangy dill pickle flavor we all love thanks to slices of baby dills as well as fresh dill and pickle juice.
Recipe: Fit Foodie Finds
Dill Pickle Chicken Salad
Get ready to spice up your weekend with a kick of pickle juice in this Bloody Mary recipe.
Recipe: Bits and Bites
Dill Pickle Bloody Mary Cocktail
These low carb keto fried pork chops (smoked on the grill) are an indulgent way to enjoy a a thick cut bone in chop that’s brined in delicious dill pickle juice or an indulgent healthier tack on a classic meal.
Recipe: Bonappeteach
Smoked Dill Pickled Brined Pork Chops
There are deviled eggs, and then there are these Million Dollar Deviled Eggs — the best recipe that includes a secret ingredient!
Recipe: Sugar Spun Run
Million Dollar Deviled Eggs
This dill pickle vinaigrette is a simple salad dressing recipe made with leftover pickle juice. The ultimate dressing for pickle lovers!
Recipe: Sinful Nutrition
Dill Pickle Vinaigrette Dressing
Calling all pickle lovers! This one’s for you.  Creamy, incredibly cheesy mac gets the pickle treatment in the form of actual dill pickles, pickle brine, fresh dill, and crispy pickle crunchies on top. It is a salty, briny, cheesy masterpiece of carbs.
Recipe: Yes to Yolks
Dill Pickle Mac & Cheese

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Grilled chicken breast surrounded by pickles.

15+ Uses for Pickle Juice

Stop pouring your pickle juice down the drain and start cooking with it instead! In these 15+ creative recipes, you'll discover ways to repurpose the tangy brine, and reduce food waste by adding that salty, vinegary and pickled flavor to your dishes! Put leftover pickle juice to use in this Pickle Brine Chicken recipe! Chicken breasts are brined in pickle juice, then cooked to perfection!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless skinless )
  • 1 ½ cups dill pickle juice (I recommend the juice from these Quick Pickles)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • Kosher salt + pepper


  • Place the chicken breasts in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk together the pickle juice and sugar.
  • Pour the pickle juice mixture over the top of the chicken.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.
  • Remove chicken from brine (discard brine) and place on a plate.
  • Pat dry with a clean paper towel.
  • Season with a pinch of kosher salt and pepper.
  • Preheat a grill to high heat (about 450 degrees).
  • Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 3-5 minutes. Flip, then continue cooking 3-5 minutes longer, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees on an instant read meat thermometer.
  • Remove from grill and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
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Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1593mg | Potassium: 836mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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