Marinated onion

Pickled red onion

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Pickled onion is a fantastic addition to hot dogs, kebabs, sandwiches, meats and salads. It is made in a very simple way, by cutting onion into thin slices and combining it with spices and marinade. I season this pickled red onion with peppercorns and mustard, I also add bay leaf. These are the basic spices. A more flavoursome version has fresh thyme added to the pickling onion or, for those who prefer spicy flavours, dried chili pepper. Below are some suggestions for dishes that can be served with pickled onion.

I usually pickle red onions, I haven’t made white onions or shallots in this way yet. Maybe someday I’ll decide to replace the red onion with one of the abovementioned but so far I have not done it yet. I encourage you to prepare onions in this way and I leave you the recipe for pickled red onion below.

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Marinated onion
Quick pickled red onion

Ingredients for pickled red onion.

  • 300 g red onion
  • 225 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 225 ml water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 5 tablespoons of crystal sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard grains
  • 1/2 teaspoon of colourful peppercorns


  • jar 750 ml
Marinated onion
Quick pickled red onion

How to make pickled red onion.

Cut the peeled onion into thin feathers or rings with a knife or slicer. Put it in a jar, add bay leaves, peppercorns and mustard seeds. Pour water, vinegar, salt and sugar into the pot. Bring it to a boil and simmer over low heat for 1 minute. Cool it down. Pour the cold vinegar marinade over the onion in the jar, then close the jar tightly. The onion will be ready to eat after a few hours. I keep the jar of onion in the fridge.

Marinated onion
Quick pickled red onion

Good to know when making pickled red onion.

The apple cider vinegar can be replaced with rice vinegar or wine vinegar.

Do you like dishes with red onion? If so, try our recipe for Celeriac and onion dip.

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