Easy Pickled Red Onion Recipe

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Easy pickled red onion recipe comes in very handy to boost salads, sandwiches and tacos.

Pickled Red Onion Recipe

I first started pickling red onion when I made this Cowboy Caviar which is basically beans, red onion and cilantro and perfect to serve at a party or with Mexican food.

Truth be told, I strongly dislike raw red onion in general, but seriously love them when pickled. The onion takes on a completely different flavor profile and does much to boost certain recipes. It was key in my Asian slaw and would be perfect in anything made with red cabbage.

How to Pickled Red Onion

This is a very easy recipe and it only takes 30 minutes.

  • Slice red onion in half moons. Place in colander. 
  • Pour two cups of boiling water over the onions. 
  • Pour a cup of vinegar into jar. I used half cider vinegar, half balsamic.
  • Add peppercorns, seasonings and a teaspoon of sugar. 
  • Add onion. 
  • Ready in 30 minutes. 

How to Store Pickled Red Onion

Store pickled red onion in jar, once completely cool. Keep in fridge up to 3 weeks.

How to Pickle Red Onion

How to Use Pickled Red Onion

Pickled red onion can turn a bland dish special. Use in salads, slaws, on burgers, and in tacos to start.

These two salads wouldn’t be the same without red pickled onion.

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How to Pickle Red Onion

Make pickled red onion in 30 minutes to boost flavor for salads, sandwiches, slaws and tacos.
Prep Time4 minutes
Resting Time for Pickled Onion30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pickled red onion
Servings: 8 servings


Pickled Red Onion

  • 1/2 red onion sliced into half moons
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns or some black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic cut in half


Pickled Onion

  • Slice into thin half moons and place in colander.
  • Pour boiling water over onion.
  • Put vinegar in jar with sugar, garlic and peppercorns.
  • Put onion in jar. Will be ready in 30 minutes.
  • Cool completely before refrigerating.
  • Store up to 3 weeks in fridge.

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