Green Tomato Pickles Recipe

Green tomato pickles

The Spruce

Ratings (41)
  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 Pints (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
247 Calories
0g Fat
59g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These pickles are an excellent way to use up an abundance of late summer green tomatoes. It's a cross between pickles and relish, so you can top them on a burger or hot dog. Make sure that the tomatoes you select are absolutely green. 


  • 4 quarts green tomatoes (sliced and loosely packed)
  • 1 quart onion (sliced and loosely packed)
  • 1 cup pickling salt (divided)
  • 2 pounds light brown sugar
  • 6 cups vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 2 small red chile peppers
  • 1/3 cup mustard seeds
  • 1/4 cup celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves

Steps to Make It

  1. Place sliced tomatoes and sliced onion in separate bowls. Sprinkle 3/4 cup salt over tomatoes and 1/4 cup salt over onion. Stir both mixtures.

  2. Cover both bowls and let stand at room temperature for 4 to 6 hours.

  3. Place the tomatoes in a cheesecloth bag and squeeze gently to remove excess juice.

  4. Repeat this procedure for onion. Discard the salt liquid.

  5. Combine tomatoes, onion, sugar, vinegar, chile peppers, mustard seeds, celery seeds, and pepper in a large kettle.

  6. Tie allspice and cloves in a small cheesecloth bag; add to tomato onion mixture.

  7. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

  8. Pack tomato mixture and liquid into hot sterilized pint jars (with 1 piece of the chile pepper in each jar - cut if necessary), leaving 1/2 inch headspace; wipe jar rims.

  9. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on ring bands. Process in a boiling water bath 10 minutes.

  10. Store in a cool dark place. Once opened, store pickles in the refrigerator. Makes four 1-pint jars.