Quick Pickled Red Onions

These quick pickled red onions are the delicious and gorgeous condiment you've been missing in your refrigerator! Your tacos, pizza, flatbreads and appetizers need them! Make them now and keep enjoying them  for up to a month.

  • Author: Katia
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 4
  • Total Time: 9
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Gluten Free



3 Cups Red Onion, peeled & sliced into half round strips, about 1/8."  On my mandoline it's setting #2 (About 2 large red onions)

1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 

3/4 cup water

2 Tbsp cane sugar

1 Tbsp fine sea salt

1 whole clove of garlic, peeled 

1 tsp whole peppercorns (optional)


  1. Add vinegar, water, sugar and salt to a medium sauce pot.  Heat until it begins to simmer.
  2. Once simmering, add onions and garlic to pot, pushing down onions with a spoon or whisk.
  3. Simmer 1-2 minutes (1 minute if you would like it crunchier, 2 if you prefer if more tender), then turn off burner and let cool slightly.
  4. When cool enough to handle, use tongs to transfer red onions to a glass canning jar.  
  5. Carefully pour liquid into jar with onions, just to about 1 inch from top of jar.
  6. Let cool about 30 minutes, place tight fitting leak proof lid and then enjoy immediately or place in refrigerator for use within the next 4 weeks.



This recipe makes a 1 pint jar of pickled red onion.  You will have liquid leftover.  You can save it if you like to use as a marinade! Great to marinade chicken or pork. 

Keywords: pickling, onions, condiment

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