Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions**Pickled Red Onions - one of the most delicious condiments you can have stashed in your fridge.

You might think it’s a strange place to find beauty, but I think red onions are some of the most drop-dead pretty things I’ve ever seen.
Well, not in a mesh bag down in the bottom bin of my pantry. And they’re not super lovely in the market either, all piled high between the white, yellow and sweet varieties. I have to admit, when I grab a purple papery-skinned orb to include in my dinner plans, there isn’t one thing of beauty to behold.

But, oh my goodness, slice one in half and you’ll see pure magnificence. It’s always a reminder to me of the magnificence of our Creator. Who else could create such museum worthy splendor tucked away in a humble little vegetable? Next time you cut open a red onion, take time to notice. I think you’ll have to agree, each one is a work of art.

Pickled Red Onions.The most beautiful, delicious condiment! Adds a gourmet touch to sandwiches, salads, burgers, also Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes.

And speaking of works of art, how would you like to see one each time you open your refrigerator door? Pickled red onions take less than fifteen minutes to make. The cool part is the amazing, brilliant, pink transformation that takes place almost the minute you pour the vinegar/lime pickling solution over the onion slices. Check out the color in the pictures. Isn’t it amazing? Talk about adding a gourmet, festive touch to anything you serve them on or with.

Pickled Red Onions.The most beautiful, delicious condiment! Adds a gourmet touch to sandwiches, salads, burgers, also Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes.

I love keeping a jar of these delicious Pickled Red Onions stashed away and have found a zillion ways to use them. They’re wonderful with Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, etc. I served them in an Asian salad last night. They were delicious and made the presentation look so pretty. They transform a simple sandwich or burger into a special occasion meal. My daughter-in-law Lindsay loves them so much, she’ll snack on them right out of the jar.

Pickled Red Onions.The most beautiful, delicious condiment! Adds a gourmet touch to sandwiches, salads, burgers, also Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes.

I’ve played around with this recipe to get it just right. Most Pickled Red Onion recipes call for only vinegar for the brining solution. I like to mix vinegar and fresh lime juice for fabulous, not too harsh, flavor. A few tablespoons of sugar, whole peppercorns, coriander seed and tiny slivers of lime add another layer of delicious dimension.

Pickled Red Onions.The most beautiful, delicious condiment! Adds a gourmet touch to sandwiches, salads, burgers, also Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes.

Want to get ooohs and aaaahs at your next picnic, party or potluck? Bring a jar of these beauties and you very well may be the star of the show.

Pickled Red Onions.The most beautiful, delicious condiment! Adds a gourmet touch to sandwiches, salads, burgers, also Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes.

If you don’t spill the beans onions (about how super easy these are), you could even have them thinking that you’re one of those fabulous old-timey cooks who spends hours in the kitchen canning, preserving and pickling!

Pickled Red Onions.The most beautiful, delicious condiment! Adds a gourmet touch to sandwiches, salads, burgers, also Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes.

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Pickled Red Onions
 
The most beautiful, delicious condiment! Adds a gourmet touch to sandwiches, salads, burgers, also Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes.
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Recipe type: Condiments
Ingredients
  • 2 medium red onions, sliced about ⅛ inch thick
  • 2-3 paper thin slices of lime, halved or quartered
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • about ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Place a medium-size colander in the sink.
  2. In a medium-size microwave safe bowl, heat 4 cups of water to boiling, about 5-6 minutes. Carefully add onions to the hot water. Use a large spoon to make sure onions are submerged. After 15 seconds, pour onion into the colander to drain. Transfer onion and lime slices to a jar (or jars) that will contain the onions (about a 3 cups capacity). You want the onions to fill the jar to the brim, but not be super tightly packed.
  3. Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns and coriander seeds in the previously used bowl. Stir and cook on high for three minutes. Remove from microwave, add fresh lime juice and stir to make sure all of the sugar and salt is dissolved.
  4. Pour hot solution over the onions. Add enough water to bring liquid level to the top of the jar. Watch the beautiful color transformation take place; it's amazing!! Cover the jar(s) and allow to cool for 30 minutes then refrigerate. They can be eaten right away, but the ingredients will meld and the flavor will be even better if allowed to sit for 2-3 hours. Onions will keep well in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

 



44 thoughts on “Pickled Red Onions”

  • I cried through most of this recipe…haha! Those onions are pretty and strong! What a fun and successful recipe! My family was impressed!!

  • They’re not only lovely, they’re seriously delicious. They’re especially good on fish tacos, next time I’m going to add a dehydrated pepper and see how they do with a little spice. Just wish I could cut onions without crying, as good as purple onions taste they seem to be the wee piers ones.

  • Can the onions be processed for storage? I would like to can 5 or 6 jars for later use. Also,, could I use the stove instead of a microwave?

    • Can the onions be processed for storage? I would like to can 5 or 6 jars for later use. Also, could i use the stove instead of the microwave?

      • Hi Stephen,
        I haven’t done that although I’m sure they could be. I would check with a canning expert. I honestly don’t do much canning. Yes you could definitely use the stove in lieu of the microwave!

  • This recipe looks so beautiful. I’m trying to cut carbs in my food. Do you think it would be possible to use Splenda to replace the sugar?

    • Hi Donna,

      I think I might try it with half Splenda and half sugar. You really wouldn’t get a lot of sugar as most of it stays in the pickling brine but I think you’d get better flavor. Hope you enjoy them!

  • I just want to thank you for your great looking recipe which I’m going to try out today, and for perhaps something silly.. that you actually make a nice printable version!! my recipe book is also thankful ;)!

  • Gorgeous photographs! Thank you for the recipe, I am going to make to accompany my DIY taco bar for my son’s first birthday!

  • What a lovely idea. Now I have something different to bring to the barbecues we are invited to during the summer. All I need is some nice jars and I will have a beautiful yet tasty hostess gift. Thank you, Chris!!!

    PS sorry to hear about your pictures, We went through that a few years ago, and lost some really I’mportant photos, I am still trying to reconstruct my losses.

  • these look sooooo delicious!! I was just wondering, would it be possible to make this in a bowl? I dont really have any small jars, only big ones

  • Theses sound delicious and would make a colorful addition to my Farmers Market display. Can they be done in a hot water bath for longer preservation?

  • I’ve never had a pickled onion before, shame on me. The color is beautiful and you’re right; I’ll never look at a red onion the same way again.

  • I have a bottom refrigerator bin of limes and have put red onions on my shopping list. We eat a lot of onions in all sorts of things, and my husband is just nutty for anything pickled, so I know he especially will love this recipe. I often make pickled cucumbers and onions (with cut up sweet red peppers added to the mix now) as a one-day pickling project, and I wonder how cukes would like this mix! I love limes, and plan to get a dwarf lime tree in the fall. Sweet cherry limeade, carbonated with my SodaStream is a favorite around here! I wonder what carbonation would do for pickling……hmmmmm.

  • wow, they are so pretty and i love that you add limes into it! i also happened to see the avocado crema that you posted in facebook,, that looks terrific and gorgeous too!

  • Is that a 25 ounce jar you are showing? Does the two red onions plus the limes and spices fill one jar? I want to place an order for one or two at The Container Store. Thanks

  • Oh, no! There you go again – beauty in an onion, Chris, I thought it was only those dumb birds on the lake
    as you take a walk and make me stop walking to gaze at those silly things. We have one on our lake here
    and if you will come for a visit – I will take the time to stop and look at it with you – then we can come back
    to the house and cut open a red onion;)
    Please feed that sweet Lindsey something beside onions – she is the mother of that cute little side kick of yours.
    miss you, regina

  • That’s very funny Chris. When I saw the first picture I thought ‘ooh how pretty,’ then you went on to talk about the beauty of onions. They are quite something aren’t they. Now, are you telling a big fat fib? These can’t be so easy to make they look so fancy! So sorry about your photos 🙁

  • These are really beautiful! But then again, i think red onions are truly beautiful just as they are! You are so right! And they are the only onions that I can eat raw. Remember when the Israelites where wandering in the dessert, they cried for onions and leeks!! Not cookies, not meat, but onions!

  • I think red onions are beautiful too..especially so nicely captured..:)

    iIlove them blooming too with balsamic..
    I have never thought of limes and lime juice for our pickled onions..thank you..
    I wonder if Emery likes them:)

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