Pickled Red Onion Recipe
Made with only 5 ingredients, this Pickled Red Onion recipe is an easy way to pack extra flavor into your meals. Eat them straight from the jar or add them to tacos.
Have you ever been so hungry before dinner time, you had to eat a snack before you could think about cooking dinner? That’s me.
Back when I was an in-house videographer, I would walk through the door right at 5 PM and make a bee line for the fridge, ravenous to eat something, anything, before I could start prepping dinner.
Usually I ended up in the pickle jar. If I have pickled jalapenos on hand, those would be gone too. Olives? Gone. Marinated mushrooms? You mean there were still some left?
Sometimes if I was really lucky, there would be hummus or salsa. I’ve said this numerous times on the blog in the past – I love snacks, more than regular meals and even dessert.
I have self control around cookies but not around pickles. Or chips. Or cheese dip.
Even though I work from home now, I still have office hours. That means once late afternoon rolls around – usually 3-4 PM – I’m starving but don’t want to ruin dinner.
This is where my snacking can get me in trouble and why it helps to keep something fresh on hand.
Remember how I said I love pickles so much? It isn’t just pickles. It’s pickled anything – quick pickled jalapenos, carrots, cauliflower, onions, you name it.
I’ve been craving pickled red onions lately. They’re so simple to make, I wonder why I don’t make them more often.
Made with only 5 ingredients, all you need to do for this pickled red onion recipe is mix, pour, and wait. The only difficulty you’ll have is making sure you don’t eat them all in one sitting.
After eating them on tacos, I thought about what else I could do with pickled red onions. I had a ton of leftover ingredients from my Greek Baked Eggs.
Rather than waste them, I opted to set up a Greek hummus bar complete with homemade pita chips, kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, fresh parsley, pine nuts, and roasted chick peas.
You can also add them to my avocado burgers, teriyaki turkey burgers, and antipasto pasta salad.
As I mentioned earlier, you only need 5 ingredients for pickled red onions: sugar, salt, vinegar, water, and of course red onion. It’s best to use either apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar as regular distilled white vinegar may be too harsh for onions. You can also play around with adding different spices and herbs.
Pickled Red Onions
Made with only 5 ingredients, Pickled Red Onions are an easy way to pack extra flavor into your meals. Eat them straight from the jar or add them to tacos.
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 small red onion (roughly 4-5 ounces), sliced
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil and whisk until sugar and salt has dissolved, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add the onion slices to a heatproof jar or container. Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the onions. If you don't have enough to cover the onions, top it off with water.
Let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- Enjoyed this recipe? Check out my Quick Pickled Jalapenos.
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This is gorgeous! Truly! And what a great way to celebrate the unofficial meal! :) (I think I’ll just make it my whole meal!)
I’m obsessed with pickled red onions – especially on hummus! So freaking good. LOVE these photos, Carla!!
wow your onion pickles are catching the eye. I have the same snacking habbit at 5 pm but usualy I just go for cucumber pickles. Always happy about a new pickle recipe.
i would like to know if you can use the liquid of pickled store bought jalapenos for this to give them a spicy taste. Does this recipe work for green beans and red beats
Good question! I’m not entirely sure, but you can try it with a batch. In theory it sounds like it would work. Another thing you can do it add spices to the recipe – chili flakes or actual chili peppers. Yes, you can use green beans and beets. Although I haven’t tried them myself, the concept is still the same.
Hi Carla, Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I absolutely LOVE onions and can’t wait to try this recipe. I was wondering how long these would stay good in the fridge. I don’t think they’ll last long but I planned on making some for my father as well. I was gonna add a little cayenne pepper in there to maybe give them a little more kick for him.
I’d say about 2-4 weeks.