Pickled red onions are a bright condiment that is easy to make and goes great with just about anything! Tacos, burritos, eggs, or a classic steak!
I didn’t want a week to go by without a post so I recruited my good friend Chrissy to write one. She is an amazing cook and has a discerning palate. Chrissy pushes me to be a better cook and expands my horizons on the spice front. She is more adventurous than me when it comes to spices and she also makes great pickled red onions! I am always so excited to get a jar since I use them on just about everything. Now that I have the recipe I can make them whenever I run out! If you are looking for a quick and easy gift for a last minute party or friend, these are the thing to make! Thank you SO MUCH, Chrissy, for being my guest blogger!
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I just want to say what an honor it is to be asked by my friend Jennifer to do a guest blog. I have enjoyed reading her posts that are more than just recipes. They are a personal little peek into how she enjoys food, family, and friends. Jennifer is always generous with the food she makes for her blog. Sometimes we get some Lemongrass Chicken or Dark Chocolate Panko Bark so I decided to return the favor with a jar of pickled red onions, the recipe she has asked me to share.
What can you serve Pickled Red Onions with?
- Lemongrass Chicken
- Asian Mini Tacos
- Hot Dogs
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Cheese Boards
- Deviled Eggs
- Potato Salad
Pickled Red Onion Recipe
Ever love a food that didn’t love you back? For my husband, that food is the red onion. We love to eat them in salads, with tacos, on sandwiches and hot dogs….the list goes on. For many years, my husband tolerated the tummy aches that followed until we noticed that a pickled red onion did not produce the same unpleasant effects and still had the crunch, bite and sweetness of the raw ones.
I do a lot of cooking, but pickling has never been my thing. Luckily, I found that pickling red onions couldn’t be more simple. For one good sized onion I use a cup of vinegar, 1T salt, 1T sugar, then add some spices for flavor.
Most often I throw in black peppercorns and a peeled clove of garlic. I have added bay leaf, cloves, jalapenos, or dried seeds like dill, caraway, or mustard. It’s a fun way to be creative or personalize a recipe for friends with specific tastes. Try making jars of pickled red onions for gifts and keep a jar in your fridge to use in salads, with tacos, on sandwiches and hot dogs….etc.
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FAQ about Pickled Red Onions:
- Q: How long will pickled red onions keep?
A: I keep mine in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Mine usually don’t last this long but this is the longest I have kept them with this technique. If you want to keep them longer I would suggest a traditional canning technique.
- Q: Can you pickle red onions whole?
A: You can, depending on the size of the onion. Anything larger than 2 inches might not get the pickling liquid all the way the to center of the onion and it will not be protected against bacteria. Nor will it get all the pickling flavor.
- Q: Are pickled red onions Paleo?
A: If you leave the sugar out of the pickling liquid or use stevia then they are Paleo and Whole30 compliant.
- Q: How do I store these pickled red onions?
A: I keep mine in the refrigerator, tightly covered, in a glass jar. I also make sure that I press the onions still in the jar pushed down into the liquid. If there are onions sticking out of the liquid they might dry out.
Tools that will help you make these Pickled Red Onions:
Some other great pickled recipes I have:
- Pickled Red Cabbage
- Pickled Boiled Peanuts
- Homemade Refrigerator Pickles
- Pickled Mustard Seeds
- Pickled Beet Napoleons
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Pickled Red Onions Recipe with garlic and peppercorns
Try making jars of pickled red onions for gifts and keep a jar in your fridge to use in salads, with tacos, on sandwiches and hot dogs….etc.
1 large red onion sliced thin
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 clove of garlic peeled
1 teaspoon peppercorns (to taste)
Heat the vinegar just to boiling, or in the microwave for 1 min.
Add salt and sugar, stir to dissolve.
Place red onions and other spices in the jar.
Add hot mixture to the jar, cover and leave to cool to room temperature.
Once cool, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
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Keywords: pickled, red onions, onions, condiments