This super easy Pickled Onions Recipe using only 3 ingredients is the perfect condiment for burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Made in minutes and no fancy equipment needed.
Do you like pickling and canning? I am not into all the involved steps, so this quick pickled onions recipe is perfect. In fact, you can even eat these pickled onions the same day! This is also a great way to make pickled zucchini too!
Recently I shared a salad recipe, and I had a visitor comment that they would like the recipe for the onions I used in the post. So here it is, the secret pickled onions recipe used in my Best Cucumber Salad.
If you are like me, for the most part, I love things to be relatively simple when it comes to cooking. Yes, I do experiment and spend hours in the kitchen sometimes. Those are the days that I am trying out a new cuisine or technique.
Sometimes I will venture into the kitchen and make bread or pasta from scratch. Now, that did not take my baba all day to do.If she was still here, she would run circles around me. I will never be as speedy as she. How those ladies did what they did still amazes me to this day.
My mom was ALL about pickling and canning. The cold room was full of glass jars. Fruit, jams, pickles, sauerkraut, and even pickled eggs. It was quite the ordeal watching her get everything ready. Wash and sterilize the jars, make the brine, fill the jars and then seal them.
Weeks of work during harvest kept the shelves stocked all winter long with delicious, homemade preserves. Canned tomatoes for pasta sauce and soups, jam for your toast and my hubby’s favourite, pickled beets to eat with a meal.
How to Make This Pickled Onions Recipe
I do miss all those wonderful foods my mom made. Unfortunately the “canning thing” did not rub off on me. I am all for “quick pickling”. This pickled onions recipe is just that, QUICK.
My husband’s family was from England, and as you know they do love their pickled foods. My first experience was with pickled onions made in brine. I am not a fan of malt vinegar, so although he liked these very much, they were not my cup of tea.
Raw onions can be a bit hard to eat, even red ones. Hubby does not like raw onions at all, so I wanted a quick and easy way to pickle onions. I didn’t want to involve any special equipment.
This pickled onion recipe is super fast, and you can even eat the onions in about 15 minutes if you like. The longer you keep them, the vinegar will turn a beautiful pink colour, and the onions will soften slightly. They will always be crisp and have a nice tang to them, even after weeks in the fridge (if they last that long).
You will need 3 ingredients:
- red onion
- rice wine vinegar
You can even turn this into 2 ingredients if you omit the sugar. I like to balance out the flavour a bit, so adding the sugar helps with that.
These pickled onions are made in minutes, I am not kidding. I just use a plain old sharp knife to slice the onions. If you want perfect slices, by all means use a mandolin. I am all about the simple here. No equipment, no cooking brine, no fuss!
All you do is:
- thinly slice the onion
- pack the slices in a glass jar
- mix the rice vinegar and sugar in a measuring cup
- pour over the onion slices
- put on the lid
Best Onions and Vinegar For Making Pickled Onions
We like red onions, so that is what I used in this recipe. I think any onion would work. As for the vinegar, go ahead and experiment. Perhaps you like one type over another. I have used red wine vinegar to quick pickle a cucumber. Experiment and come up with some tasty combinations.
You can see why this easy Pickled Onion Recipe has become a staple. With BBQ season here, they will be flying out of the fridge into salads and burgers all summer long.
Do you have a quick pickle recipe you make all the time?
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Pickled Onion Recipe Only 3 Ingredients
- 10 ounces red onion (1 onion)
- 1 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- Get a glass jar with good fitting lid. I used a mason jar.
- Peel the onion and thinly slice.
- Place the onion slices into the jar.
- Mix the vinegar and sugar in a measuring cup until the sugar dissolves.
- Pour over the onion slices.
- Put on the lid.
- Place in the fridge till ready to use.