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Super Quick Pickled Red Onions

I don’t trust people who don’t eat pickled red onions.

I’ll forgive you if you haven’t tried them yet, but once I hand them over and you put them in your mouth, either you love them or I ban you from my house.

Sweet and tart, picked red onions are essential for so many things. 

Tacos, steaks, carnitas, basically everything. 

This is a really quick recipe for a really quick pickle. I make this by the jarto have handy in the fridge at all times, and replenish as needed. 

Pickled ed onion ingredients are sugar and apple cider vinegar.

Three ingredients, that’s it. 

It’s called a quick pickle because you do it with vinegar, some sugar, and you pop it in the fridge. In as little as a few hours, you have the most delicious little treat to top your meal. 

Thin sliced onions for pickled red onions.

Slice the onion up really thin. 

The thinner you make it, the quicker the pickle! 

Stuff the onion rings into a jar. 

I keep so many glass jars around in preparation for the day my husband agrees to my dream of raising thousands of bees. 

Don’t have jars? Throw them in a plastic container. 

However, just know that the container you choose is now the pickled onion container now until the end of time, you won’t get the smell out, so just embrace it and make things official. 

Pickled red onions with sugar and vinegar in a jar.

Once the jar is full of onions, fill it with Apple Cider Vinegar and a tablespoon of sugar. Add two tablespoons if you’re using a bigger container.

Pickled red onion in a glass jar.

Seal the jar, give it a shake, and toss it in the fridge for at least 2 hours, the longer the better. 

Honestly, these keep getting better in time, and as the container gets depleted, I just add more ingredients on top. 

Pickled red onions with sugar and vinegar in a jar.

Super Quick Pickled Red Onions

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

These quick pickled red onions are easy and perfect on practically everything! (Especially tacos. Put them on your tacos.)


  • 1 large Red Onion
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Sugar


  1. Slice the red onion thinly and add it to a jar or container.
  2. Cover in vinegar and add the sugar.
  3. Seal the jar or container, shake, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

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