Pickled Red Onions
Easy pickled red onions
Lauren Salkeld
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Prep time:
1 1/4 cups


    • ¾ cup white vinegar
    • 1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed
    • 1 small dried red chile
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 5 black peppercorns
    • 5 allspice berries
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced


In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, garlic, dried red chile, bay leaf, peppercorns, allspice berries, sugar and salt and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally to dissolve the sugar and salt. Add the red onion slices and stir for about 30 seconds to coat the onion in the vinegar mixture. Remove from the heat and let cool for 1 hour.

How to make pickled red onions at home Lauren Salkeld

Transfer the onion slices to 1 clean glass pint jar then pour the brine over them, leaving about ½ inch of space at the top. Screw on the lid, turn the jar upside-down a few times to distribute the brine and refrigerate at least overnight and up to 1 week. If possible, occasionally flip the jar over to mix the brine and onions around a bit.