10-Minute Quick Pickled Red Onions Recipe: Put Them on Everything by Donna John

10-Minute Quick Pickled Red Onions Recipe: Put Them on Everything

Pickled red onions add a refreshing bite to sandwichessalads, meats, pizza, tacos – anything really. This easy pickled red onions recipe takes no time at all to make, but will reward you for a long time with its vinegary crunch. 

Pack sliced red onions into mason jars. Bring the water, apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt to a simmer in a saucepot. Pour the hot liquid carefully over the onions. Put the lid on the jar and refrigerate until you're ready to eat them. While the pickled onions are great right away, if you have time let them sit and chill out in the refrigerator. They only get better with time.

You could also do this with yellow onions, white onionspearl onions or even green onions. Why not? Keep a jar of these 10-minute pickled red onions ready at all times, and don't forget to share. These pickled red onions make a great food gift! 

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Here's how to make it:

  1. Put the sliced onions into a 1-quart jar. Pack them in tightly.
  2. Put the water, apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt into a small sauce pot. Bring to a simmer, stir and turn off the heat. 
  3. Pour the hot liquid over the onions. Put the lid on the jar and refrigerate until ready to eat. 

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Elisa Schmitz
I had no idea it was so easy to make pickled red onions. They are so good and I look forward to trying your recipe, Donna John !
Sounds really good. 😀
Julie Rose
This is a great idea. 😍
Hi there, it's just what the doctor ordered. Hah. I was on planning to make this fine pickled dish...One question how long can one keep these pickled onions in the fridge.?
Donna John
I've kept these in the fridge for weeks. They stay good a very long time.
Add some sliced radishes to the red onions ...so good. Pickled anything are my weakness

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