Pickled Red Onion

These delicious and easy to make Pickled Red Onions perk up many a recipe like tacos, burgers, salads–and they’re also a treat by themselves!

Pickled Red Onion

| Ted’s Takover Recipe: Pickled Red Onions | It’s incredible what pickled onions can bring to a dish–that something so simple could have such an effect on flavor is exciting to me. This is one of the reasons I decided I needed to start pickling on a regular basis. I love many varieties-carrot, cucumber, etc, but the pickled red onion is so versatile and adds flair to things like salads, tostadas, fish tacos–the list goes on and on.

pickled red onions

The only drawback is that they do take a bit of time. Even though these are easy refrigerated pickles, the pickling process does require the ingredients to work together overnight. But the reward is great and you will be adding red onions to everything for weeks-speaking of, I definitely recommend making my Gibson Cocktail with a bit of the brine, it’s a treat–especially in the fall and winter months.

pickled red onions

You will need some pickling spices and a good jar, you can find the links below in the recipe. Happy Pickling!

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Pickled Red Onion

Pickled Red Onion

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  • Author: Ted - Lila Ruth Grain Free
  • Total Time: 1 hr + picking time
  • Yield: large jar


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey (hint of stevia for low-carb)
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice (see instructions below for alternatives)
  • 2 red onions, sliced


  1. Place white vinegar and water into a sauce pan over high heat.
  2. Add salt and sugar (or honey) and bring to a full boil.
  3. Remove from heat and allow liquid to cool completely (about 30-40 minutes)
  4. Place 1 tablespoon pickling spice and sliced red onions in a glass container with a rubber gasket lid (I recommend Weck jelly jars). If you can’t find pickling spice at your local store, you can mix your own with dried mustard seeds, mixed peppercorns, whole coriander and dried chili flakes.
  5. Once liquid has cooled completely, pour into jar so that the onions are completely submerged. Attach lid and place jar in refrigerator overnight and keep refrigerated.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: pickling 24 hours


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        1. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do, Rita! They really do enhance so many things. I especially enjoy them on our Cauliflower Fajitas. 😀

    1. Thank you Noelle! Pickled onions really are a great condiment for many different things. Once you have them in your fridge you will come up with all kinds of uses for them. To be honest, I usually only make the easy refrigerator type pickles (which are excellent). The fermented variety are great too, just a bit more labor intensive.

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