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Quick-Pickled Red Onions

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 8 -10


  • 2 small firm red onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar

Additional Flavorings (optional):

  • 1 small clove of garlic halved
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 5 pink peppercorns
  • 5 coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds


  • Put 2 or 3 cups of water on to boil in a kettle. Peel and thinly slice the onions into approximately 1/4" moons. Peel and cut the garlic clove in half, length-wise.
  • In the jar you will be using to store the onions, add the sugar, salt, vinegar and flavorings. Stir to dissolve.
  • Place the onions in a heat-proof glass bowl and pour boiling water to cover. Let sit for 30 seconds, then carefully strain the onions.
  • Add the softened onions to the jar and stir to evenly distribute the flavorings.
  • The onions will be ready in about 30 minutes, but are best after a few hours. Store in the refrigerator. They will keep for several weeks but are best in the first week.
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