Can you eat dill pickles on keto?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you eat dill pickles on keto?”, and how to make keto dill pickles at home?

Can you eat dill pickles on keto?

Yes, you can eat dill pickles on keto. It all comes down to the nutrition label of the dill pickle that you choose. The simpler the ingredients, the better it is for keto. More on this in the article below.

Are pickles acceptable on the keto diet?

It all depends upon the type of brand type, how the pickle was processed and what ingredients were used in its manufacturing.

Ideally, your best bet is to go with whatever brand of pickles that contains no more than15 grams of carbs per 2/3 cup (100 grams). 

Always read the food label and go for lightly sweetened and forego sweetened pickles or simply stick to dill and sour pickles.

What about their sodium and lectin content?

Keto diets encourage fluid loss to bring about the desired weight loss. In this case, consuming more sodium to retain fluid is lunacy. Because high sodium intake is linked with a 9.5% increased risk of death by heart diseases. 

Pickles have a high content of lectin proteins which have been rumored to impede weight loss. The jury is still out on this one and no scientific evidence supports this theory. 

Our advice is to eat pickles in moderation so that you can eat more fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

How to make keto-friendly pickles at home?


  • 6 mini cucumbers
  • 1 cup (240 mL) of cold water
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (17 grams) of kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon (4 grams) of dill seeds
  • 2 cloves of garlic


  1. Wash the cucumbers and slice them into thin, round, and consistent slices.
  1. Make the pickling brine by heating vinegar, water, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat until the salt dissolves.
  1. Let the pickling brine come to room temperature before dumping the cucumbers in it.
  1. Fill two large mason jars with cucumbers, dill seeds, and garlic, then pour the pickling brine.
  1. Refrigerate the pickling brine for at least 12 hours r overnight before devouring.

Where to get keto-approved pickles?

Always read the label before you buy your pickles. The pickles with only water, vinegar, zero-calorie spices, and cucumbers are the best for keto. Reject any pickles that contain added sugar, MSG, sulfites, and carrageenan. We have made a list of the best keto pickle sellers.

Claussen Kosher Dill Halves: These pickles contain a few carbs that add flavor. Read the label and check the carb content. If it lies within your daily permissible carb intake, go for it. These pickles are readily available at any grocery store or health store.

McClure’s Spicy Pickles: This is the ultimate choice for spice lovers. These spicy pickles contain cucumber, water, salt, peppers, garlic, and dill.

Bubbies Kosher Dills: They have the simplest nutrition label which is a great thing when you are on a keto-restricted diet. These pickles contain zero carbs with cucumbers, water, garlic, salt, spices, and dill.

Easy keto dill pickle dip recipe


  • 4.5 ounces cocktail style dill pickles
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese (not pre-shredded)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise


  1. Cut each pickle, first vertically, then horizontally.
  1. Cut the cheddar cheese into bite-sized pieces.
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise until homogenous. Then fold in the pickles using a spatula.
  1. Wrap the bowl with the saran wrap and chill until firm.
  1. Serve with any zero-carb veggie of your preference such as cheese crisps, radish slices, broccoli, carrot sticks, celery sticks, pork rinds, or pickle slices.

Is Vlasic dill pickles keto?

Vlasic dill pickles have a low-net carb so it should be no problem. But the Vlasis dill pickles contain Yellow #5 which is the problem here. Yello #5 has a controversial reputation among food additives. It is a common ingredient in most processed foods. 

So, Vlasic dill pickles are categorized as a dirty keto choice. Dirty keto gives you the desired results in terms of weight loss but it damages your health over time. It is safer to stick to low carb and nutrient-dense foods such as broccoli, olives, mackerel. 

Eating a non-processed and the whole diet not only helps you in weight loss but also reduces the risk of chronic diseases. Highly processed foods contain tons of additives with a poor nutritional profile. 


In this article, we answered the question “Can you eat dill pickles on keto?”, and how to make keto dill pickles at home?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.