How To: Pickled Red Onions





Introduction: How To: Pickled Red Onions

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Super easy and extremely tasty. And much quicker than regular pickling!

Great on any roasted or pulled meat, on sandwiches, in tacos, in bean salads, or just by themselves out of the fridge in the middle of the night. 

They'll last for a couple of months in the fridge. :D

Plus, I'm trying a video tutorial for the first time, so skip to the next step to watch me be all awkward. YAY!

Step 1: Video Tutorial!

Step 2: What You'll Need

Not too much!
  • small saucepan
  • 3/4 C white vinegar
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1-3 T sugar... depending on how sweet you like your pickle! I'd start with one T and work your way up... 3 T is prrrreeeetttty sweet.
  • 1/2 t salt
  • a few black peppercorns
  • a red chile
  • thinly sliced garlic, optional
  • glass container with lid for storing
Keep in mind you can mix and match spices. Go crazy! If it tastes great with onions, give it a go! I've done cloves, bay leaves, and paunch puran before (though not all at once, eek) and they were all delicious.)

Step 3: Slice the Onion!

Thin as you can. But don't worry about getting it paper thin... having some thicker and some thinner makes for good texture in the finished product!

Step 4: Bring Vinegar + Stuffs to a Boil!

Bring the vinegar, sugar, spices, and salt to a boil. Once boiling, dump in the red onion, stir for a few seconds until the rings begin to break up, and turn off the heat.

Remove from the heat and let sit until at room temperature.

Step 5: How to Store!

Once the mixture is at room temperature, press the onions into the container you're using and pour over the vinegar. Cover it and put it in the fridge!

Now you're set to impress everyone with the best homemade condiment ever. :D

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22 Discussions

Cutest kitty cat :-) :-)

:-):-)Wow wonderful, which vinegar to use.There are so many, Apple cider vinegar will do? I don't use synthetic vinegar?

Just made them, I'm a fan of garlic, so I sliced up a clove and added it in...other than that I stuck to your recipe...thank you

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I know how long they last a jar that size maybe 2 weeks if their isn't a good movie oh and 'the same brine can be used for jalapeno sweet&hot

Just made these. Can't wait to see what they taste like.

LOVE pickled red onions! If you are lucky enough to live near an In'N'Out burger, pickled red onions are AMAZING on one!

Thanks for the 'ible :)

Hi Jessy! Thank you for the great recipe. I just had one question. How soon are the onions ready? Do you have to let them set up for 24 hours, or are the onions ready as soon as they soften?

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They will taste better after sitting for a bit in the fridge - but they can be eaten right away. :)

Great video! (thanks for not taking up a bunch of time peeling and slicing!)

I'm going to try it :)

Oh yummmm. I don't have any red onions, wondering if yellow ones would work..... going to try it with a yellow till I get to the store again.

Thanks for another great able and have you got a good recipe for pickled eggs? I made them once years ago, but don't remember anything but the vinegar, spices and I think you pour the hot vinegar over the boiled eggs and let them sit a week, but not sure.

Have a great day!

Sheryll & Critters.

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Yellow ones can definitely work, but you should add a lot more spices!

And I've actually never had pickled eggs... I saw them in my grandmother's fridge when I was little and I was always a little scared of them, haha! I know this is blasphemy... but I have yet to be reintroduced to them as an adult. :P

There do seem to be a few good recipes here on ibles, though! :)

Oh gosh, how funny! Well, do you like boiled eggs at all? You should try making just a few, 6 to start, then give your own updates if you want. I will go try to find some of the recipes on here for now. I am out of vinegar now, so will have to wait to make anything else pickled or such. My Sadie Lady Kitty Kat had three kittens Saturday morning and two of those died and then around 1:30 AM Sunday she had two more and one of those died..... so I have been too busy with work Sunday to bother to shop or make a list or remember anything.

Thanks for the recipe, it was great.

Sheryll & Critters.

Oh no! So sad about the kittens - it's always so upsetting when that happens.

But I hope Sadie and her babies are doing well... and you too, sounds like a tough couple days for everyone!

Thanks Jessy,

I still have not been shopping. But the first born and last born kittens are doing good now and Momma Sadie is acting a lot better as well. Maybe tomorrow I will make it out to the store. lol.

Thanks so much and the yellow onions are great. Although I want to next make your recipe with the red ones like I am supposed to.

Keep up the great work.

Pickled red onions are awesome! I am known (amongst housemates) to have a container of pickled red onions in the fridge. I typically just throw a bunch of onions in vinegar/water (2:1 ratio) and top off as its consumed :)

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That actually sounds too good to be true... I think I'll have to try it.

The current batch turned out a little too sweet to my taste, so I'll have to do a little mixing and matching anyway!

Be warned, it's not sweet. It's fairly acidic (as one would expect) - the vinegar just pulls out the acrid bit out of the onion while preserving the crunch. Now I'm hungry again :p

I don't usually watch the videos but your so cute that even if it was a flop it would be worth it... IT WASN'T A FLOP ! Nicely done ! I LOVE pickled onions and pickled onions with jalapenos. I use the same basic mix you did but sometimes I add some of the left over pickle juice from dill pickles (you know those jars that collect on the frig shelf with one pickle left) When Im doing either pickled onions or my pepper relish I wash the jars and lids very well, rinse in hot water and dry in a hot oven (200f) the last step is using about a 1/4 cup of vodka swished around in ea jar and over the lid