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Pickled Onions

Pickled Onions

Keep a jar of these quick and easy-to-prepare pickled onions in your fridge to add a quick zip to your sandwiches, salads, and burgers.  A must for tacos, nachos, and tostadas these delightful slivers will bring a subtle tang to your favorite foods.  Or try adding these onions to your charcuterie board for some interesting flavor.  Mix it up by using red wine or cider vinegar or maybe add some slivers of jalapeno peppers to bring a little heat to the table.


Pickled Onions
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Here is a quick and easy recipe for flavorful pickled onions. Add them to sandwiches and burgers, salads, tacos, or any other dish that might like a little zip.
Course: Sauce, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Tags: mexican food, pickled onions, spicy pickled onions, spicy pickled red onions
Servings: 1 pint
Author: Christoph
  • 1 large red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and trimmed
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp whole peppercorns
  1. Thinly slice the red onion and peel the garlic. Toss the onions to separate and place them with the garlic into a pint-size jar.
  2. In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat bring the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and peppercorns to a slow boil until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Pour the vinegar brine over the onions.
  4. Allow to cool to room temperature before placing the lid on the jar and storing in the fridge.
  5. Onions will have their pickled flavor after a few hours. Onions will keep in the fridge for up to a month.
Cooks Notes

Omit the sugar if you prefer, the onions will also be delicious.  For different flavors try using red wine or apple cider vinegar.  

White or yellow onions can also be pickled with this method. 


This recipe is not intended for canning or long term storage.


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