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Quick Pickled Red Onions

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Quick Pickled Red Onions are a simple mixture of ingredients, that transforms raw onions to a crispy, tangy condiment. Add them to salads, sandwiches, eggs, and burgers. The possibilities are endless!

Side view of a jar of quick pickled red onions, with a fork inside the jar.

Are you more of a “load up the condiment” type of person, or an “everything plain and simple” type of person? Because if you are the former, you’re gonna be using these pickled onions on EVERYTHING. I’m definitely a condiment lover, because I love a variety of textures and layers of flavors in everything I eat. So if I’m consuming a sandwich or burger, I’m in need of a bib because I make quite the mess at every dang bite. But it’s WORTH IT.

Overhead shot of a jar of pickled onions, with a forkful lifted out, before marinating.

Ingredients needed for Quick Pickled Red Onions:

  • Red Onion – One medium onion, sliced thin.
  • Water – Use about 1 1/2 cups of water in your brine.
  • Vinegar – I used 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, but you could substitute red wine vinegar or just plain distilled vinegar too.
  • Sugar – Sugar is needed to make these slightly sweetened. However, you can use a natural sweetener too, like honey or maple syrup.
  • Salt – Kosher salt or sea salt.
  • Peppercorns – For some depth of flavor, optional.

How to make Quick Pickled Red Onions:

  1. Slice Onion. Using a medium red onion, slice it very thin, as pictured below.
  2. Make brine. Combine brine ingredients in small saucepan – the water, vinegar, sugar, salt, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and then simmer for a couple of minutes.
  3. Combine. Place red onions in a jar (about quart sized). Pour brine overtop and let cool.
  4. Store. Store pickled red onions in the refrigerator. I prefer to use them by two weeks.
Overhead shot of thinly sliced red onion on a cutting board.
Overhead shot of a jar of sliced red onions and a pan of the pickling ingredients.

Some recipes you can pair with red pickled onions:

Overhead shot of a forkful of pickled red onions over a jar.

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Side view of a jar of quick pickled red onions, with a fork inside the jar.

Quick & Easy Pickled Onions

Quick Pickled Red Onions are a simple mixture of ingredients, that transforms raw onions to a crispy, tangy condiment. Add them to salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, and burgers. The possibilities are endless!
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Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 jar
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion – sliced paper thin
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorns

Instructions

  • Slice the red onion in paper thin slices. Place in a jar.
  • In a small sauce pan, combine water, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for a couple of minutes, or until sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour mixture over the onions.
  • Let this mixture cool slightly before placing in the refrigerator to enjoy.

Notes

I prefer to use these by the end of two weeks or so.

Nutrition

Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3519mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. A great way to energize salads during swim suit season! 💪

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Exactly! 🙂

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