Sealed glass jar of quick pickled red onions against a white background.

Quick Pickled Red Onions

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Soaking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Enjoy this quick pickled onions on salads, in bowls, on hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches or just about anywhere else you can think of!



  • 1 medium-sized red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 


  1. Chop the onion into thin, even slices and add them to the jar or container you plan to store them in.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the water, vinegar, sugar and salt to boil then pour over the onions. Use a fork to make sure all the onion is submerged.
  3. Let them cool before sealing and storing in the fridge. They’ll be ready to eat after about 30 minutes of soaking. 
  4. Store the sealed jar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Keywords: pickled red onion, quick pickled red onion