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Pickled onions

Pickled onions

These onions are not just pretty with their pink color in this cute jar, they are also very verimg_7340satile and delicious. You can make this in advance and store it in the fridge for weeks. You can use these onions in salads, burgers, sandwiches, ramen and as a part of a side dish. They are sweet, crunchy with a citrus flavor that lifts everything you add them to and make most dishes taste better. There is no preparation time needed for this recipe, the total time for these onions is about 30 min, but during 15 min of that time the onions will be in the fridge. You can use any of the optional flavoring ingredients below to make this recipe your own, I use all the mentioned ingredients to make these crunchy treats. If you want, you can leave out the chili or/and the garlic if you don’t like the taste.


Pickled onions 

Preperation time: none              Total time: 30 min


  • img_73421 medium / large onion. (depending on the size of your jar)
  • 1 medium-sized clean jar
  • 1/2 litter of white vinegar / or any light vinegar you like (we will not need it all)
  • I-2 chili, red, green or yellow (optional)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sugar or honey (use what you have at home)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of peppercorns, mixed colors of pepper to make it more fun
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 litter of boiling hot water


How to make it:

  1. Start by peeling and slicing the onion. Slice right through the onion to form rings, separate the rings gently and put them in a bowl/pot that is heat resistant. Pour the boiling hot water and let the onions sit there until you are ready with the rest. Do not put the pot on the stove, just leave it, the heat from the water is enough.
  2. Wash the jar and the lid in really hot water. You don’t need to dry the jar, just add a couple of tablespoons of the vinegar with the chopped chilies, garlic, sugar or honey, salt and the peppercorns. Mix well with a spoon until the honey or the sugar has dissolved.
  3. When the onions are soft, drain away the water, and put the onions in the jar. Push them in the jar, but not that much, to make room for all of the onion slices. Tap up with more vinegar , all the way to cover the onions. If you use a strong white vinegar, then read nr 4.
  4. If the vinegar you use is really strong, then you can balance it out with some water in the jar. I use a vinegar that i found at my local store, it was medium “strong” with a lemon flavor, so I did not have to tap up with some water at the end.
  5. Put the lid on the jar, and give it a gentle shake to mix everything together.
  6. Let it sit in the fridge for 10-15 min before you eat. You will notice that the vinegar will turn pink by that time, store in the fridge for 4-6 weeks. Just make sure that you store it well and that your jar was really clean when you used it.
  7. Enjoy 🙂