Tips & Techniques: How to Make Quick Pickled Onions

Recipe for making Pickled Onions

Chef Tom shows you how to quickly, and easily, pickle red onions. These are perfect for topping sandwiches and are a great jumping off point for getting into pickling different foods.

Quick Pickled Onions Recipe


  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 3/4 cup water, plus more for boiling
  • 3/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp pickling salt


Bring a pot of water to a boil. Place the sliced red onions in a heatproof bowl. Pour the boiling water over the onions. Let sit for one minute. Strain. Discard the water. Place the onions in a pint sized mason jar.

Combine the 3/4 cup water, vinegar and pickling salt. Whisk to dissolve the salt. Pour over the onions in the jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. The onions will be ready to eat after a couple of hours, but best overnight.


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