Thursday, March 27, 2014

Quick pickled red onions


Quick pickled red onions are something that came into my life only within the past couple of years. Now, I'm kind of addicted to their sweet and vinegary crunch whenever we are having tacos, burritos, etc. I love their hot pink color and have found that they add a wonderful brightness to meat-heavy dishes like these fabulous carnitas. I like to make chicken tacos topped with these onions, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. 

People make pickled red onions with different spices and vinegars - there's not one right way to make them, in my opinion. This recipe is how I have found that we like them best and I'm surprised that I haven't shared them on the blog before now. I like to make them the day before so they are cold and crunchy against warm taco toppings, but sometimes I forget and make them at the last minute and we eat them still warm.... that's okay, too. Just as long as you make some.


Quick pickled red onions
1 large red onion, peeled, halved, and sliced (about 1/4-inch thickness)
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar, preferably unbleached cane sugar
2 dried bay leaves, broken in half
4 cloves
6 black peppercorns
pinch of red pepper flakes, optional 

Add all of the ingredients to a small skillet and warm over medium heat. Stir well to dissolve the salt and sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Taste and adjust the vinegar, salt, and/or sugar to achieve your preferred taste balance.

Cook until the onions just begin to turn translucent. Turn off the heat and let cool. Transfer everything to a container, seal, and refrigerate until serving. The onions will keep for a couple of weeks (keep submerged in the brine) in the refrigerator.


What was I cooking one year ago?: warm beets with horseradish and dill sour cream
Two years ago?: chocolate and cherry steel cut oats
Three?: lemon and thyme braised baby artichokes
4?: fish tacos

29 comments:

  1. If it has the word quick then it is perfect for me! I love it!

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  2. Quick pickled onions are my favorite burger/sandwich topping!!

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  3. i will have to try these! and i have all the ingredients at home :)

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  4. It looks amazing. I'm surely giving this a try!

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  5. I love pickles! And pickles are great with most anything! These onion pickles looks wonderful. I can just imagine the crunch of these onions in a sandwich! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. This looks great with sandiwches or wraps!

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  7. These pickled onions sound fantastic! I've been wanting to make some to put on sandwiches.

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  8. What a great idea to add these pickled onions to your tacos. I am actually making fish tacos tonight but will make some of your pickled onions so we can enjoy them in the future. Take Care, BAM

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  9. I love pickled red onions…they are great served along with sliced steak.

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  10. Ohhh.... that sounds delicious. I'm loving all these new ideas for using pickled onions.

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  11. These look delicious! I've never pickled anything but these seem so easy, it would be a sin not to try them out!

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  12. I've pickled onions to top burgers...so darned yummy!!

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  13. This is a happy garden recipe, I need to share this with my husband!

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  14. I think my mother use to make these and I loved them. I had totally forgotten about them so thanks for posting this. What great pickles! I can see them on burgers, in salads and on top of many different types of sandwiches.

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  15. I haven't had these for YEARS - like more than twenty. I love them too. I will have these made this week for sure. I didn't realize I missed them that much until I read this post.

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  16. I love the hot pink color, too. I always wondered how to make these, glad you posted a recipe!

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  17. i just can't stress how much i hate raw onions, but pickled onions are a different beast! these are pretty and versatile and always taste amazing!

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  18. It's so tasty to have something pickled with tacos. And, you can't beat this color!

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  19. I love, love, love pickled red onions! I've never tried adding bay leaves to mine - I'll be trying it next time I make them.

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  20. This onion pickle sure sounds delicious Amy and yes, it sure makes a great condiment.
    Have a wonderful week :D

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  21. Your pickles have beautiful pink color! We love pickling too, this sounds delicious!

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  22. I love these, but have never made my own. I so need to! Yours look wonderful -- isn't that color great? Really super post -- thanks.

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  23. Hi Amy, very refreshing pickled onion. Love the colour.

    Best regards.

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  24. I never made these on my own either. Sooooo simple. I love them in both salad and sandwiches. Thank You----yay a new condiment!

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  25. I totally agree that these are important to have on hand - there are so many ways you can use them. I often forget to make them ahead too, but, as you say, they are very good warm too! Nice recipe!

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  26. I love pickles and these look so good and have a lovely color.
    They make a great give away too!

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  27. This is great to serve with some Frikadellen or in some side salads too. They are so appetizing.

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