Pickled red onions are such an amazing condiment (or side dish) and they are so easy to make at home! You can pickle many different fresh vegetables and/or fruit in a vinegar solution which helps to preserve them and extend their life. Onions can be pretty pungent but if you let them sit in vinegar for a while they mellow out really nicely making pickled onions particularly good. In addition to the pungency of the onion and the tang of the vinegar the pickling solution contains some sugar for sweetness and salt for saltiness giving then a complex flavour profile. If you like a bit of heat you can also add red pepper flakes to make them spicy! I almost always have some of these quick pickled red onions in my fridge!
Slice them any way you like!
Pickled Red Onions
Quick and easy homemade pickled red onions! Perfect for sandwiches, tacos, or all by themselves!
- 1/2 cup vinegar (such as apple cider, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, etc.)
- 1 cup water, warm
- 2 tablespoons sugar (or honey, agave, etc.)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large red onion, peeled, sliced and divided
- Mix the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt until the sugar and salt dissolve completely.
- Place the onions in a jar (or other container) and pour the vinegar mixture over and seal/cover. (The onions should be covered in liquid.)
- Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Option: Add extra spiced like whole black peppercorns, and/or cumin, bay leaves, garlic, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves, etc.
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