Simple 5-Minute Pickled Red Onions

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I really enjoy red onions, but I absolutely love pickled red onions. If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying some, you owe it to yourself to remedy that asap! Ketchup has nothing on this delicious condiment

Pickled Red Onions

So why are pickled red onions so delicious? I’m glad you asked. These have all the flavor of fresh red onions but with an extra depth from the vinegar and spices. Plus they’ll keep fresh in the fridge for weeks! Even better you can make them in only five minutes. Pickled red onions are so easy even my littlest ones can make them.

I keep these crunchy guys in the fridge at all times… you know, for pickled onion emergencies. I know there are whole nursery rhymes dedicated to Peter Piper and his pickled peppers. But pickled onions are so much more versatile (and taste better too, in my opinion)!

Pickled Red Onion Variations

I like making these with some salt and chili powder (or garlic) for a refreshing, simple flavor. You can omit the spices if you want and they’ll still taste really good. Or you can switch it up and try different fresh herbs and spices in the vinegar mixture. Here are a few ideas:

  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Black peppercorns
  • Garlic cloves
  • Bay leaf
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Jalapeno
  • A few sprigs of dill or other fresh herbs

I make these with white wine vinegar. You can also use red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar for your pickling liquid. If you like a slightly sweeter version you could add some maple syrup for sweetener. This helps cut the acidity a bit, but personally, I prefer it without. You can also use white or yellow onion instead if that’s what you have.

Quick Pickled Red Onion Recipe

This is an easy recipe that takes just a few minutes to make. It does take several hours at least for the flavors to combine but they taste better after they’ve been in the fridge for a day or so. If you want an even faster quick pickle version here’s how to do it.

  1. Add the vinegar, salt, and seasonings (if using) to a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil to let the salt dissolve, then remove from heat.
  3. Pour the liquid over your jar of red onion rings.
  4. Let sit for 30 minutes before putting it in the fridge.

Ways to Use Pickled Red Onions

Pickled onions taste good on almost everything. Want a little more direction? Try these:

  • Beef Barbacoa– Pickled red onions are amazing on one of our favorite time-saving recipes: Beef Barbacoa. I cook this in a pressure cooker (I use this Instant Pot). In less than an hour you’ll have a delicious restaurant-quality dinner.
  • Salads– These spice up almost every salad, including potato salad.
  • Breakfast– Great on almost any breakfast foods, but especially on quiche, eggs, or other savory foods.
  • Tacos or Taco Meat– These are especially great on any kind of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, or other Mexican food you can come up with!
  • Burgers– Pickled red onions are a great addition to any burger.
  • Charcuterie plate– Feeling really fancy? Add these to a charcuterie plate along with your favorite cured meats and cheeses.
  • Avocado toast – Try a grain-free version of this cult classic topped with pickled onions.
  • Soup – Try a few chopped pickled onions on your next batch of white chicken chili or other soup.

While they taste fancy and sophisticated, they’re one of the easiest recipes to make. You’ll only need a handful of ingredients and 5 minutes of free time.


Pickled Red Onion Recipe

These simple, but sophisticated, pickled red onions add incredible flavor to any dish. Try them on salads, burgers, soups, and more!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Pickling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Calories 6kcal
Author Katie Wells




  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder (or garlic powder, optional)
  • ½ cup vinegar (apple cider, white wine, or rice vinegar)


  • Slice the onions into rings with a mandoline or sharp knife.
  • Place the slices into a pint-size mason jar or glass bowl.
  • Sprinkle the onions with the salt and any other desired seasonings.
  • Pour the vinegar over the sliced onions and put the lid on.
  • Leave at room temperature for two hours so flavors can meld, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer to the refrigerator and enjoy them on all kinds of things.


Nutrition Facts
Pickled Red Onion Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.03g0%
Saturated Fat 0.01g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Sodium 197mg9%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 0.1g0%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


These will last for several weeks in the fridge, though ours are usually gone well before that!

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More Pickled Vegetables

Thankfully it’s really easy and delicious to make pickled veggies. Here are a few more options to try.

What’s your favorite pickled condiment? Share below!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


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