Quick and Easy Pickled Red Onions


Quick and Easy Pickled Red Onions


1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 tbsp sugar

¾ cup apple cider vinegar

½ tsp salt


Place onions in a ceramic or glass container.

Place sugar, vinegar and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer.

Pour hot liquid over onions, making sure the onions are completely submerged. Cover and allow to cool.

Store leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

134 calories

Hack: Do not use metal or plastic containers to store onions.

Hack: These onions are great on tacos, burgers, sandwiches, salads, beans or anything else you want to flavor up!

Hack: This vinegar, sugar and salt combo can be used to pickle any vegetable. Try it with cucumbers, cooked beets, radishes or anything else you have on hand. Better yet, experiment with some combinations!

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10 Replies to “Quick and Easy Pickled Red Onions”

  1. I’ve never had pickled onions before but I do often pickle radishes for buddha bowls and salads! I’m a sucker for anything with salt and vinegar, this is a great recipe to have. I also love your tip at the bottom letting people know that you can pickle anything! Well, mostly anything 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. I can pickle anything but a radish so you have my admiration!  The one time I tried, I contaminated it somehow and…well, you know how that story ends.  I suppose it’s time I took my own advice and tried it again.

  2. Great recipe. I am always looking for new recipes and am happy I found your website. My daughter especially loves to try new pickled items. I will try this recipe over the weekend. I’m unsure if I will use the onions for tacos or burgers. Do you have any recommendations based on your experience?

    1. Colin, I’m an onion fan so for me…just about anything!  Seriously, though, they do go great on a burger with bbq sauce and cheddar.  Or this red bean casserole. Once you try them, I think you’ll discover that they taste good on all kinds of things!

  3. A good recipe for me to have tomorrow when I want to randomly cook something for myself and my roommates will be envious of me haha. Nahh I’m just kidding, one of these days I will be cooking them up something nice too and they will love me for it. one thing is for sure though, it will certainly be coming from this site!

  4. That is a very interesting recipe.

    I have never pickled anything before and wouldn’t have known how to do it.

    But thankfully I don’t just know how to do it, but that it is actually very simple.

    I really must try this out and see what I can produce.  Everything will be pickled, or I will be in a pickle.  But hopefully it’s the first one!!

  5. Hello there, Cynthia! Hmm, I don’t think I ever thought of trying pickled onions before. I know that they are often a good flavoring food (especially when caramelized or when added to soup) and probably taste even better when given the time to soak difference juices. Looking at your recipe, I can almost imagine what it tastes like. But, I won’t know for sure how it will be unless I make it myself and actually try it! I like that hack of yours of putting it in burgers, that sounds really delicious. Thanks for creating this recipe!

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