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Quick Pickled Red Onions

If thinking it’s a difficult task is what’s keeping you from trying your hand at making these Quick Pickled Red Onions, think again! They’re called QUICK for a very good reason.

Easy Pickled Onions Recipe

I made my first jar of these Quick Pickled Red Onions (and posted about it on Instagram) in just about 10 minutes late on a Sunday afternoon while one kid lay sick on the couch and the other ran in an out of the kitchen at least a half a dozen times.

This small feat doesn’t even come close to qualifying me for super mom status because making pickled red onions really is just that easy!

I don’t know that I would have even thought to post the recipe except that these easy pickled red onions were all but inhaled at a cheese party I hosted for some friends a few weeks ago. There were lots of oohs and ahs and requests for the recipe.

I’m really glad that I learned how to pickle red onions because they’ve been a great addition to a lot of recipes. It just gives the overall flavor of the meal a little extra oomph if you know what I mean.

I paired these quick pickled red onions with thin sliced roast beef and some horseradish cheddar at the cheese party I hosted and there was not a bite left over. I think that classifies this recipe as a winner!

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Pickled Red Onions Ingredients

To make these easy pickled red onions, you’ll need:

  • Red onions
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Malt vinegar
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Salt
  • Peppercorns
  • Allspice berries
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Garlic

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card!

How to Pickle Red Onions

It’s so simple to make quick pickled red onions! Here’s how I made the pickled onions:

  1. Combine the vinegars, syrup and salt in a glass measuring cup. Stir to combine and dissolve the salt.
  2. Add the remaining seasonings and set aside.
  3. Set a small strainer inside a medium bowl. Place the onions in the strainer, then pour the boiling water over the onions.
  4. Add the onions to your desired glass container and pour the vinegar mixture over top of the onions.
  5. Store the pickled red onions in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before using.

Can I Use Another Type of Vinegar?

In this quick pickled red onion recipe I used a mixture of malt vinegar and red wine vinegar, but you can experiment with other vinegars as well, such as white wine vinegar, rice vinegar, or apple cider vinegar. I would stay away from regular white vinegar as I think it would be a little too strong.

How to Store Quick Pickled Onions

Quick pickled red onions are best stored in glass containers, such as a mason jar. I love my Weck Jars so I used one of those. Keep them in the refrigerator after preparation and in between uses.

They won’t last indefinitely since you’re not actually canning anything in this recipe, but with the vinegar’s acidity a batch of pickled onions will last at least a couple of weeks — if you don’t eat them sooner, that is!

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Tips for Making Quick Pickled Red Onions

When making the quick pickled red onions, I had some fresh rosemary on hand so I added a few very small sprigs of that along with some salt, fresh garlic cloves, allspice berries and peppercorns. Other herbs, such as oregano, bay leaf, or thyme would work. Get creative!

Want something spicy? Try adding some dried peppers. Want something holiday-esque? Try dried orange peel and cloves.

I should also note that sugar isn’t necessary in the quick pickling process, but I think that it helps to balance out the vinegar. In this easy pickled onions recipe, I chose to use some maple syrup. It was an easy addition since it was already in liquid form. You can try honey, agave, or just regular sugar as well (make sure you dissolve that into the vinegar first though).

Ways to Use Pickled Onions

There are so many uses for pickled red onions. Some of the ways I’ve been enjoying them lately are on deli style sandwiches, on a big crusty roll with shredded BBQ chicken, in salads, as an accompaniment to a cheese tray, and on tacos.

Here are a few more recipes that pickled onions would taste great with:

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How to Make Easy Pickled Red Onions

Quick Pickled Red Onions

Yield: 32
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Pickling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

If thinking it's a difficult task is what's keeping you from trying your hand at making these Quick Pickled Red Onions, think again! They're called QUICK for a very good reason.

Ingredients

  • 2 Red Onions, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Malt Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Peppercorn
  • 1/4 teaspoon Allspice Berries
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary, small
  • 3 cloves Garlic, peeled

Instructions

    1. Prepare a pot or kettle of boiling water.
    2. Meanwhile, combine the vinegars, syrup and salt in a glass measuring cup. Stir to combine and dissolve the salt. Add the remaining seasonings (peppercorns, allspice berries, rosemary, and garlic) Set aside.
    3. Set a small strainer inside a medium bowl. Place the onions in the strainer. Pour the boiling water over the onions. Carefully (using an oven mitt if needed) lift the strainer out of the bowl. Discard the hot water.
    4. Add the onions to your desired glass container. I used a medium sized glass Weck canning jar. Pour the vinegar mixture over top of the onions, gently mixing to distribute the flavors.
    5. Store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before using.

Notes

Keep refrigerated in between uses. Onions will keep for approximately 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information
Yield 32 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 24Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 36mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 0g

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