Quick Pickled Red Onions are a refrigerator staple! Slice red onion quickly pickles in apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt. Slightly sweet and tangy and delicious on top of burgers and hotdogs, in tacos, salads and so much more. 

close up of wooden handled fork with pickled red onions.

I first had pickled red onions onto of a slowly braised pork shoulder (I eventually recreated that dish at home) that was set into the creamiest of cheesy grits that I ever have tasted. The combination of fatty pork and vinegary red onions was pure perfection.

It was love at first bite.

Since then, I’ve made them countless times. I put them on hot dogs and brats, in tacos and even in salads.

glass la parfait jar with quick pickled red onions.

I have a more in-depth recipe that’s is flavored with fresh garlic and peppercorns and here. But if you’re looking for a quick pickling recipe that is ready in an hour.

Well, this is one is for you.

ingredients for quick pickled red onions

To Make These Quick Pickled Red Onions:

  • sugar
  • kosher salt
  • apple cider vinegar
  • water
  • red onion

sugar and salt in glass bowl

In a mixing bowl, preferable with a spout, measure and add in 1 tablespoon sugar with 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

whisking vinegar and water.

Pour in 2/3 cup both apple cider vinegar and warm water. Whisk until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

pour vinegar liquids over top of onions in jar.

Thinly slice 1 medium red onion and add it to a glass jar (or any container with a tight fitting lid) and pour the pickling liquids over top.

submerge the onions in the pickling liquids.

That’s it! Just let it do it’s thing at room temperature for 1 hour.

The pickles will turn a bright pink and become slightly softer.

Give the whole thing a mix to break up the onions a bit. Serve or cover tightly and refrigerated until ready to serve.

forkful of quick pickled red onions.

These can be made up to 2 weeks in advance.

quick pickled red onions in jar.

Serve on burgers or nachos, in tacos, salads or straight out of a jar. Because that’s your business.

looking down into glass jar of quick pickled red onions.

Enjoy! And if you give this Quick Pickled Red Onion recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

quick pickled red onions in glass jar with fork.

Quick Pickled Red Onions
Yield: serves 10+ (depending)

Quick Pickled Red Onions

Quick Pickled Red Onions are a refrigerator staple! Slice red onion quickly pickles in apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt. Slightly sweet and tangy and delicious on top of burgers and hotdogs, in tacos, salads and so much more. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl (preferable with a spout) measure and add sugar, salt, vinegar and warm water. Whisk until sugar and salt dissolve.
  2. Add sliced red onion to a jar or bowl. Pour pickling liquids over top.
  3. Submerge the onions and let them sit at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring once or twice.
  4. Use or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Can be made up to 2 weeks in advance.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 425mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.

fork in jar of quick pickled red onions.