Learn how to pickle red onion and add tangy flavor to any dish! From tacos to burgers to bagels and lox, pickled red onion brings extra pep and a pop of color to your favorite casual meals.

How to Pickle Red Onion by The BakerMama

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Welcome to Basics by The BakerMama! I created this how-to series to help beginner cooks hone their skills, make the most of their time in the kitchen, and create great family memories. I hope you enjoy!

Would You Eat Them Here or There?

I would eat them anywhere! With a subtly sweet, tangy zip, pickled red onion makes just about any casual meal even more delicious. We love putting pickled onions on sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, carnitas tacos, and salads. We even eat them with BBQ, on bagels with lox, and on avocado toast. If you could find a way to add them to dessert, you can bet I’d give it a try! And pickling onion is so, so easy. If you have a red onion, some basic pantry staples, and 30 minutes, you can have peppy, pickled onion.

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Ok, enough chit chat! Let’s do this!

How to Pickle Red Onion by The BakerMama

How to Pickle Red Onion

First, peel the onion and slice it as thin as you can. Then, in a small saucepan with a lid, add the apple cider vinegar, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat.

Add the thinly-sliced red onions to the saucepan and stir to coat well with the hot vinegar mixture. Place the lid on top and let the onions marinate for 30 minutes.

Serve immediately or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

 

Ready to Learn More?

Looking for more of Basics by The BakerMama? Brush up on more skills by learning how to roast a head of garlic or make your own homemade croutons. Or learn to pan sear chicken tenderloins to perfection every single time with this handy how-to. If it’s comfort food you seek, learn how to make a great grilled cheese to turn that hum glum day into a yum yum day!

I hope you find these simple basics helpful! When you make something with the help of my BakerMama’s Basics series, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see and others can be inspired!

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How to Pickle Red Onion by The BakerMama

Basics by The BakerMama: How to Pickle Red Onion

  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x

Description

Learn how to pickle red onion and add tangy flavor to any dish! From tacos to burgers to bagels and lox, pickled red onion brings extra pep and a pop of color to your favorite casual meals.


Ingredients

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  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice the onion as thin as you can.
  2. In a small saucepan with a lid, add the apple cider vinegar, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat.
  3. Add the thinly-sliced red onions to the saucepan and stir to coat well with the hot vinegar mixture. Place the lid on top and let the onions marinate for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of the best-selling Beautiful Boards and its next-level follow-up, Spectacular Spreads. She started blogging in 2012 and has over 700 original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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