Perfectly Pickled Onions

Perfectly Pink Pickled Onions in a mason jar with lid off. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Get ready for your new favorite condiment!  But first, let’s get something straight, this is not just a condiment, this here is a game changer!  Perfectly Pickled Onions are transformational!  They go on just about any savory food and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good! 

Tart, tangy, sweet, and savory…they are everything.  This Pickled Onions recipe uses Honey as a natural sweetener, so no refined sugar here.  Only minutes to pull together and then after a few hours soaking, you get magic!   Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

 

LET’S GET PICKLED

First, let me say that onions, while polarizing, are super good for you!  They’re high in vitamin C, B vitamins and potassium.  They also have antioxidants that may help reduce heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure.  And…onions are a rich source of fiber and prebiotics, which are necessary for digestive health!  

So…want to eat more onions?  Pickle them and put them on everything!

Are you or someone you know “allergic” to raw onions?  I don’t mean literally, I mean if they see one they freak out and cannot even go near the food.  My Dad is like that and my Mom would try to sneak them into food all the time.  My daughters are like that too, saying they are “too spicy”.  BTW, they also say that black pepper is “too spicy” so take it for what it’s worth.

Well, then pickling is a wonderful way to get those onion-avoiders on board with onions!  Pickling takes the bite (or spice) out of the onions completely, and leaves them with a sweet, tangy, fantastic onion flavor.

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR PERFECTLY PICKLED ONIONS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Ok, so let’s start with the pickling liquid.  The primary ingredient here is vinegar.  I’ve tried this recipe with Apple Cider Vinegar, White Wine Vinegar, and Red Wine Vinegar.  All worked great.   In the images you see here, I used Red Wine Vinegar.

In a saucepan, bring vinegar, honey, and cumin powder to a boil. 

Adding Sugar to vinegar in a pot for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Adding Cumin to vinegar in a pot for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

While the pickling liquid is warming up, you can prep the onions.  Simply thinly slice the onion and then separate the slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.

Knife cutting red onion into slices for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Slices of red onion for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Slices of red onion in a bowl for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Then pour the hot mixture over the onions. Let sit until room temperature, then cover and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Slices of red onion in bowl with vinegar about to be poured over top for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Slices of red onion with pickling liquid in bowl covered for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

I love to make a ton of these pickled onions and store them in 16 oz mason jars. I use these pickled onions in salads, on sandwiches, in rice bowls, with grilled meats, and so much more.

Pickled Onions being transferred to a mason jar. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

USING YOUR PERFECTLY PICKLED ONIONS

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

You can store these in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks!  

Now, here comes the fun part!  What to put your Pickled Onions on!  Well, my friend, the options are endless!  Here is a short list…

I’m sure you will think of lots of other ways to use these magical, Perfectly Pickled Onions!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Perfectly Pickled Onions

Get ready for your new favorite condiment!  Perfectly Pickled Onions go on just about any savory food and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Tart, tangy, sweet, and savory...they are everything.  This Pickled Onions recipe uses Honey as a natural sweetener, so no refined sugar here.  Only minutes to pull together and then after a few hours soaking, you get magic!   #pickledonions #easycondiment #tacos #grilling #burgers #condiments #toppings #easyrecipes

Course Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword burgers, grilling, onions, pickled onions, tacos, toppings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Large red onion
  • 2 Cups White or Red wine vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups white vinegar, 6 Tbsp Honey, and cumin powder to a boil and then turn off the heat and stir.

    Adding Cumin to vinegar in a pot for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!
  2. While the pickling liquid is heating up, cut the red onion in half and then thinly slice and separate thin slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.

    Slices of red onion for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!
  3. Pour the hot mixture over the onions and push onions down to make sure they are completely covered by the liquid. Let sit until up to room temperature, then place in refrigerator to soak for at least 2 hours.

    Slices of red onion with pickling liquid in bowl for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!
  4. Once the onions have soaked in the fridge and pickled for a couple hours or more, I like to transfer them into storage mason jars.  First I add the onions and then fill in the picking juice.

    Pickled Onions being transferred to a mason jar. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Recipe Notes

Serving size is based on 1/4 cup.  Therefore, you may get more servings out of this recipe if less is used.