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pickled red onions in a glass jar

Pickled Red Onions

Pickled red onions can be made in minutes with salt, sugar, peppercorns, garlic, bay leaves, rice wine vinegar, and thinly sliced onions. 
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Pickled Red Onions
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 2 small jars
Calories 115kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon colorful peppercorns
  • 1 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 red onions thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Add three cups of water to a medium pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, remove the water from heat and stir in salt, sugar, and peppercorns until salt and sugar are completely dissolved.
  • Add the rice wine vinegar and sliced onions, stir well.
  • Let the mixture sit until cooled, then add to jars with the remaining ingredients.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2354mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg