Quick-Pickled Red Onions

Yield: 2 cups Active time: 15 minutes Total time: 45 minutes June 21, 2016

The rosy pink color and delicious tang of these pickled onions makes them the perfect topping for barbacoa tacos, sandwiches, or salads.

Recipe adapted from The Kitchn.


  • 1 medium red onion, about 5 oz.
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cup rice vinegar, white wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 small cloves garlic, halved
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 4 springs of thyme


Start 2 or 3 cups of water on to boil in a kettle. Peel and thinly slice the onion into approximately 1/4-inch moons. Peel and cut the garlic cloves in half.

In the container you will be using to store the onions, add the sugar, salt, vinegar, and flavorings. Stir to dissolve.

Place the onions in the sieve and place the sieve in the sink. Slowly pour the boiling water over the onions and let them drain.

Add the onions to the jar and stir gently to evenly distribute the flavorings.

The onions will be ready in about 30 minutes, but are better after a few hours. Store in the refrigerator. They will keep for several weeks, but are best in the first week.

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