Quick and Easy Homemade Pickled Onions Recipe


Making your own Homemade Pickled Onions is a quick and easy process that only takes about 5 minutes. These tangy and flavorful pickled onions are the perfect addition to a variety of dishes. From sandwiches to salads and more. The best part is, you don’t need to go through the canning process. Try this recipe today and elevate your meals!

What Do Homemade Pickled Onions Go With?

These Homemade Pickled Onions are a versatile condiment that can be paired with a variety of dishes. They add a tangy and zesty flavor to tacos, sandwiches, salads, wraps, soups, Buddha bowls, fajitas, avocado toast, and any other dish you can think of. They’re a quick and easy way to elevate your meals and take them to the next level. With this recipe, no canning is required, so you can enjoy your homemade pickled onions in no time!

How Long Do The Picked Onions Last?

The pickled onions will last up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. They are at their crispest within the first week, but the flavor will continue to develop and intensify over time.

Additional Tips For Homemade Pickled Onions

To make the perfect pickled onions, it’s important to start with the right ingredients. Thinly slice the onions using a sharp chef’s knife for accuracy. Choose high-quality vinegar, such as white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. You can add a touch of sweetness with natural sweeteners like vegan honey or maple syrup. Store the pickled onions in an airtight mason jar in the fridge for at least 24 hours before using. This allows the flavors to meld together.

What is Pickling?

Pickling is a preservation method that has been used for centuries to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. It involves immersing produce in vinegar or brine solution, which helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria and keep the food fresh. Pickling is a process of preserving foods by soaking them in a solution of water and vinegar or water and salt.

  • This produces acid and prevents spoilage.
  • The resulting food is a pickle.
  • Pickling is an ancient, global art! From dill pickles in New York, to German sauerkraut, to Korean kimchee, to Indian chutneys, to Japanese pickles, you can find pickled foods all over the world and through the centuries.

In the pickling process, the vinegar and spices acts like a marinade, infusing the onions with a depth of flavor. As the pickling process takes place, the onions take on a new identity, transforming from a simple raw onion to a tangy and delicious pickled onion.

Not only are homemade pickled onions delicious, but they are also a great way to use up excess produce and reduce food waste. So next time you have a surplus of onions, consider pickling them for a tasty and sustainable snack

Pickling Jar Size Matters

You’ll want to use a jar that is at least 24 ounces (3 cups) to ensure that there is enough room for the onion slices and pickling liquid. A larger jar, such as 32 ounces, is even better. As it will allow for more onions and liquid, resulting in a bigger batch of pickled onions.

It’s also important to note that the jar should be sterilized before using to ensure that the pickled onions will stay fresh for as long as possible. This can be done by washing the jar and its lid with hot, soapy water and then rinsing them well. Then, place the jar and lid in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes to sterilize them.

By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to make a delicious batch of homemade pickled onions that will be sure to impress. Not only they are delicious but also it is a great way to use up excess produce, reduce food waste and have a handy ingredient on hand in the kitchen.

Quick Pickled Onions

These pickled onions are so easy to make!  They only take about 5 minutes to make and they take so many dishes to that next level! What do pickled onions go with? They’re perfect to add a little zesty acidity to tacos, sandwiches, salads, wraps, soups, Buddha bowls, fajitas, avocado toast and anything else you want to throw them on!
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Topping, Vegan Basics
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Pickled Onions, Quick Pickled Onions


  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp salt I used himalayan pink salt
  • 1 cup hot or warm water


  • Slice the red onions as thin as possible into little strips. Rinse them quickly with boiling water and drain. This just helps to remove that super strong and pungent raw onion flavour.
  • In a mason jar, combine the vinegar, salt, sugar, and warm water. Stir thoroughly to dissolve the sugar and salt.
  • Add your sliced onions into the pickling mixture, making sure they are immersed in the liquid. let them set for an hour. After an hour, cover and store in the fridge for up to three weeks.



Note: Apple cider vinegar can be used in place of white vinegar (but I’ve tried both and I prefer the flavor with plain white vinegar).
Make sure the sugar is organic to make it vegan
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