Quick Pickled Onions

Quick Pickled Onion
Quick Pickled Onion. Diana Rattray
  • 7 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
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These quick pickled onions are great when you want to add a little zing to a roast, burgers, sandwiches, beans, or steaks. They are wonderful for fish tacos or turkey burgers. The possibilities are endless! 

They take just a few minutes to prepare and they add both flavor and color to a meal. All you need is some red wine vinegar, a little sugar, and crushed red pepper flakes. Use apple cider vinegar if you don't have red wine vinegar.

What You'll Need

  • 1 medium red onion, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white or red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • dash crushed red pepper, optional

How to Make It

  1. Pack the onion slices into a half-pint canning jar or another 1-cup container.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat. Let the hot liquid cool slightly if you aren't using a heatproof canning jar. Pour the hot liquid over the onion and let stand until cooled.
  3. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  4. Serve quick pickled onions with fish tacos, pulled pork or chicken, turkey or beef burgers, or sandwiches. 

    Makes 1 cup.

    Expert Tips

    • Give the onions a few hours at room temperature of in the refrigerator for best flavor.
    • Some optional additions: 4 or 5 allspice berries, a small dried chili pepper (instead of crushed red pepper flakes), or a few sprigs of thyme.

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    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 15
    Total Fat 0 g
    Saturated Fat 0 g
    Unsaturated Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
    Sodium 147 mg
    Carbohydrates 3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Protein 0 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)