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Refrigerator Quick Pickled Red Onions

Refrigerator Quick Pickled Red Onions is a recipe you’ll use again and again to add flavor to your salads, grain dishes, sandwiches, tacos and avocado toast.

If you’re looking for more pickled recipes, take a look at my recipe for Quick Refrigerator Bread & Butter Zucchini Pickles.

Refrigerator Quick Pickled Red Onions in a glass jar with sliced red onions in the background

Don’t you just love a recipe that’s super easy to make and adds amazing flavor to your meals?  I’m not a person that cans things – but refrigerator pickling is my jam.  Why?  Because it’s easy.

There’s something so comforting about making our own food.  Plus, it’s just so fun to open your refrigerator and finding jars of homemade condiments waiting to be used in future dishes.

I found this recipe many moons ago in Mollie Katzen’s cookbook Vegetable Heaven.  

If you don’t know who Mollie Katzen is, she was the owner of a famous vegetarian restaurant called Moosewood.

One of my most popular recipes on the blog (To-Die-For Hungarian Mushroom Soup) came from one of her cookbooks.

Whenever I talk about my stash of pickled onions in the refrigerator, I always get asked “How do you make pickled red onions?”

It surprises me more people don’t make their own, because they are so simple to make and keep on hand.

How to Make Quick Pickled Red Onions in a glass jar with a herb sprig on top

Once you start making this quick pickled red onion recipe, you’ll be like me and never be without them again.  I always buy a large bag of red onions because I know I’ll use them up.

What I love about making Homemade Pickled Red Onions is how the onions go from a deep red color to just a gorgeous purplish-pink color because of adding the hot water.

The jars full of these pinkish onions are simply beautiful!

The onions stay crunchy and add that special touch to your food.  This recipe is made with apple cider vinegar, so your adding a healthy ingredient to this yummy condiment.

I like to make pickled onions with honey instead of sugar, but sugar can be used instead.

Red onions are loaded with antioxidants, may boost digestive health and have antibacterial properties.  Plus, they make everything taste a little bit more delicious!

Quick pickled red onions make a great gift idea as well.  Put a couple of jars of pickled onions in a basket, along with some whole red onions, a jar of local honey, and a print-out of the typed up recipe rolled in a scroll and tied to one of your jars.

Your friends and family will love your thoughtfulness.

Refrigerator Quick Pickled Red Onions Ingredients: 

This recipe has just five ingredients besides water.  It has red onions, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and peppercorns.

That’s it.  Super simple to make, and you probably already have the ingredients on hand.

I once read a cookbook that featured a line-up of famous chefs.  They asked the same question of all of them – “What things do you always have on hand in case you might have a last-minute guest?”

One of the most popular responses was pickled vegetables in the refrigerator.  It makes sense, because you can always put together a quick quesadilla, tacos or a charcuterie board.

You’ll look like a rock star with this handy recipe in your arsenal.

Easy Quick Pickled Red Onions Slices

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How to Make Quick Pickled Red Onions:  

Ingredients for Pickled Red Onions

2 medium red onions

4 cups boiling water

For the Marinade: 

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup water

3 tablespoons honey (you can substitute sugar)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon peppercorns

How to Make Refrigerator Quick Pickled Red Onions

1) Peel the red onions.  Slice the onions thinly (I use a Mandoline – if you don’t have one you don’t know what you’re missing!) 

2) Transfer onions to a medium-sized bowl.

3) Pour the boiling water into the bowl over the sliced onions.  Let the onions soak in the boiling water for at least 5 minutes.

4) Drain the onions in a colander.

5) Let the onions sit in the colander while you mix the marinade.  Combine all the ingredients of the marinade in the medium-sized bowl, and stir well.

6)  Add the onions into the marinade mixture and let them sit for at least 10 minutes.

7) Transfer the red onions with the liquid to jars with tight-fitting lids.

8) Chill the pickled red onions in the refrigerator until very cold.

Printable Version Quick Pickled Red Onions:

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

Homemade Pickled Red Onions

Refrigerator Quick Pickled Red Onions in a glass jar with sliced red onions in the background

Crunchy and delicious, Homemade Pickled Red Onions is an easy recipe to make and the perfect addition to sandwiches, salads, grain dishes or your favorite bean recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium red onions
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • For the marinade:
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons honey (you can substitute sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns

Instructions

1) Peel the red onions. Slice the onions thinly (I use a Mandoline - if you don't have one you don't know what you're missing.

2)Transfer onions to a medium-sized bowl.

3) Pour the boiling water into the bowl over the sliced onions. Let the onions soak in the boiling water for at least 5 minutes.

4) Drain the onions in a colander.

5) Let the onions sit in the colander while you mix the marinade. Combine all the ingredients of the marinade in a medium-sized bowl, and stir well.

6) Add the onions to the marinade mixture and let them sit for at least 10 minutes.

7) Transfer the red onions with the marinade to jars with tight-fitting lids.

8) Chill the pickled red onions in the refrigerator until very cold.

Tips for making the Quick Pickled Red Onions:  

1) On the original recipe there was 1/2 teaspoon of whole cloves that was optional.  Since I’m not a big fan of cloves, I omitted them.

2) For a healthier vinegar, use apple cider vinegar with the mother.

3) One of the ladies in our Cozy Living Group prefers spicy pickled red onions.  She suggested adding chili pepper flakes for a nice kick.

You can also add a couple cloves of garlic and a minced jalapeno for a different variation.

4) For pickled red onions no sugar, you can substitute Stevia for the honey.  For every tablespoon of honey, you can use 6-9 drops drops of liquid Stevia.

How long do Quick Pickled Red Onions last?

According to Mollie Katzen, these Homemade Pickled Red Onions will keep for months in the refrigerator with a tightly-lidded jar.

What to do with Quick Pickled Red Onions:

Quick Refrigerator Pickled Red Onions on hot dogs.

Hot Dogs and Sandwiches

Quick pickled red onions work well on sandwiches and hot dogs. Whether you put them on an Italian sub, favorite burger, gyro, or grilled cheese sandwich, everyone will love the zing these onions will give your next culinary adventure.

Quesadillas

Put some pickled red onions in your next quesadilla to take it to a whole other level.

Tacos

Fish tacos, beef tacos, and chicken tacos will all taste better with these red onions.

Burritos

Refrigerator red onions all wrapped up in a burrito with your favorite beans, rice, or meat is the perfect combination.

Eggs

Add the pickled onions to scrambled eggs, quiche, or omelet.

Here’s some fun pickling cookbooks I found on Amazon: 

Pickling Everything: Foolproof Recipes for Sour, Sweet, Spicy, Savory, Crunchy, Tangy Treats 

Fermented Vegetables:  Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes and Pickles

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Carol

Monday 20th of September 2021

Can you omit all sugar, honey, stevia..

Kelly

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

Hi Carol! You can omit sugars - it will definitely taste different - but I'm sure still good. Kelly

Deb

Saturday 28th of August 2021

These are amazing! I added a few slices of jalapeño

Kelly

Saturday 28th of August 2021

Yay! So glad you loved them. Kelly

B Tram

Saturday 21st of August 2021

I looked at 10 or more recipes on Pinterest and went with this one. Glad I did, because it was great on our ‘Baja Fish Tacos’.

Kelly

Saturday 21st of August 2021

I'm so glad you liked the recipe. Thank you for letting me know. Kelly

Marlene Wilkins

Friday 23rd of July 2021

Just love onions and as you have hem would be great. Thank you

Cheryl

Sunday 25th of July 2021

@Kelly, Can these be canned to be stored on a shelf for winter storage?

Kelly

Friday 23rd of July 2021

Thank you so much for letting me know Marlene! Kelly

Cheryl

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

I cannot wait to try this recipe! I was just thinking the other day that I would like to try to pickle my many "walking onions" that are in my garden. But this looks even better!

Gwen

Saturday 25th of September 2021

@Kelly, Hey Kelly this is the Second time I have made these is better in the theater each time what I like about it is it’s so quick and easy !!!

Kelly

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

If you like onions, you'll love this recipe. Let me know how you like it! Kelly

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