How to Make Quick Pickled Red Onions

Have these Quick Pickled Red Onions on hand to punch up the flavor in your favorite recipes. From salads to burgers and everything in between….the only thing they don’t belong on is dessert. So easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes!

Mason jar filled with pickled red onions with copper fork on top from

Happy Monday! I’m going to be totally honest here and say that I feel like this is a total sham of a recipe here. It doesn’t seem like something you’d need to know but I started keeping a list of things that people ask me how to do….how to make pickled eggs….how to make get out a stain….how to baste a turkey….how do I make pickled red onions….and I figured that maybe I should be answering these questions here. Because….even if I know how to do all those things there are those of you who may not. And even I Google seemingly simple things like how to remove gum from your jeans. 🙂 (rub an ice cube on it until it hardens then peel off.) So, one of my favorite things in restaurants when I order a salad or a sandwich or even a burger are those pretty, pink pickled red onions that seem like just a pretty garnish but pack a huge flavor punch in anything they’re added to.

Blue and white dish with pickled red onions and a copper fork from

The first time I made Pickled Red Onions I followed a recipe that had tons of ingredients….like a bunch of spices and herbs THEN I had to wait 24-48 hours for them to be ready. When I decide I want a salad with pickled red onions I’m usually not planning it 48 hours in advance so I decided to simplify the recipe and make it in less time… 30 minutes. I used the same method to make my Quick Pickled Red Onions as I did these Quick and Easy Bread and Butter Pickles. The flavor is perfect with a hint of sweetness and a little tartness. I didn’t add any of the pickling spice as I did for the pickles but I did throw in a few sprigs of fresh thyme just to add another subtle layer of flavor. You can totally add whatever herbs you have on hand or just skip them altogether.

Pickled red onion recipe in a small blue and white bowl with red onions and a mason jar with red onions from

So, if you ever wondered how to make easy Quick Pickled Red Onions…’s your lucky day because this is the only recipe you need to do it. AND now that I’m getting the hang of this pickling thing I just might start pickling all the things I can get my hands on. This Quick Hot Giardiniera is another perfect pickle recipe and if fantastic in just about any sandwich you can think of.

Two mason jars with pickled red onions and thyme sprigs from

Now that we have the Quick Pickled Red Onions recipe done and ready to go….I can’t wait to share all the ways I’m using them. I already tried them in this Southwestern Steak Wrap….and honestly, it doesn’t get much better than that.  They’d also be fabulous in your favorite fish taco recipe OR add them to these Barbecue Rib tacos because the sweetness of the barbecue sauce is a perfect match for the tartness of the Pickled Red Onions.  Try it….I know you’ll love it. And if you want to see what else I’m pickling…be sure to follow along on Instagram!

Quick Pickled Red Onions recipe

Kellie from
Quick and easy Pickled Red Onions made in a fraction of the time of classic pickle recipes. A great addition to many recipes!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 25
Calories 31 kcal


  • 2 cups thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6-8 fresh thyme sprigs optional


  • Place the onions in canning jars and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, add the vinegar, water, sugar and herbs, if using. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the liquid into the jars filling approximately 3/4 full. Place the lid on the jars and refrigerate for 30 minutes  or overnight.
  • Serve as desired.


Pickled Red Onions can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Great for your weekly meal prep!


Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 20mgFiber: 0gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 1.3mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword quick pickles
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