Pickled Red Onions – Recipe for pickled refrigerator onions – the perfect topping for hamburgers, salads, tacos, eggs and more!
How beautiful are these? A sweet and salty vinegar brine, peppercorns and bay leaves are really all you need to turn sliced red onions into crave-worthy refrigerator pickles. I’ve never been a fan of raw onions… I know, I’m sorry, it’s just one of those things… but these tender sweet-and-tart pickles are totally my speed. They’re a lovely and tasty topping for salads. I also love them on sandwiches, on burgers and sliders, in pitas and tacos, or cooked in omelets and other egg dishes. Really, you can add them to pretty much any savory dish for a pickled burst of flavor. They are super easy to make. As time passes the onions take on a pretty purplish-pink hue in the jar. These pickles would make a fun and unique homemade gift for the gourmand in your circle of friends. Or you can keep them all to yourself, if you’re feeling indulgent. It’s all good!
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Pickled Red Onions
Recipe for pickled onions - the perfect topping for hamburgers, salads, tacos, eggs and more!
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 lbs red onions
- 1 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tsp peppercorns
- 3 bay leaves
You will also need: 3 pint-sized 3 piece mason jars, wide mouth funnel, canning pot, round rack that will fit into the bottom of your canning pot, jar lifter, small saucepan, magnetic lid lift (optional), tongs, a few clean kitchen towels
Gluten Free Note: If you're making these pickles gluten free, make sure your vinegar is certified gluten free. If you can't find a GF white vinegar feel free to sub apple cider vinegar.
To make brine: Combine water, vinegar, sugar and salt in a saucepot and simmer over low heat, stirring often, until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Set aside until ready to use.
Trim the onions and slice into thin strips.
Toss onions with 1 ¾ tsp kosher salt and allow to sit for about 30 minutes, then rinse.
Evenly distribute the peppercorns and bay leaves between the pint jars.
Add about 1/2 lb of sliced onions to each jar. Gently press down with tongs to make sure everything is loosely packed.
Cover with brine, leaving about ½ inch of headspace. Make sure your brine is hot when you pour it over the onions.
Let the jars return to room temperature, put the lids on, and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. The longer they sit the more they’ll pickle.