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Quick Pickled Onions – The Real Food Dietitians

Don’t blame us if you find yourself placing these quick pickled onions on the whole lot (and we do mean every little thing)…from tacos to wraps to bowls and more.

Your life is about to be endlessly modified.

Put down the salt and pepper, and take a bit of walk with me to flavor city. Don’t fear, it’s a short journey requiring simply three components (not together with water and salt), nevertheless it’s a grand place to go to with its salty/tart/tangy/savory landscape and no-frills method of getting there. Welcome to the Land of Quick Pickled Onions.

Though they’re already pretty superb as they are, you would add a clove of minced garlic, some peppercorns, dried oregano and/or cumin seeds for a extra authentic tackle the Mexican staple, Escabeche de Cebolla, but in the present day we’re preserving it tremendous simple.

And simply because they’re easy doesn’t mean that they gained’t quickly turn into the condiment you’re going to need to put on every little thing.

Put ’em on every little thing.

Critically, all the things. When you do, you gained’t understand how you ever obtained this far in life without them.

I hold a jar in the fridge at all times because these fast pickled onions – in addition to being super-budget-friendly, allergy-friendly and straightforward to make – are scrumptious on just about every part together with:

Tacos won’t ever be the same.

If you realize me and we’ve had lunch together, there’s a 99% probability that I’ve steered tacos as an choice. It’s sort of an obsession and whereas I really like me some barbacoa, carnitas, or easy taco meat made with high-quality floor beef and selfmade taco seasoning served up with mushy, selfmade tortillas (corn or grain-free), it’s really concerning the toppings for me.

Give me all the recent sauce, cotija cheese, guacamole, and don’t overlook the fast pickled onions as a result of they’re really what takes tacos to the subsequent degree. And since they’re really easy to make and might be stored within the fridge for up to 2 weeks, you actually haven’t any excuse to not add them to your regular repertoire of scrumptious things that make you are feeling fancy.

It’s actually really easy.

I do know you possibly can read a recipe, however typically footage simply make the entire course of so. much. simpler., so let’s make some fast pickled onions collectively, we could?

First, you’ll reduce the ends from a big purple onion, then peel again the robust outer layer or two. Then with a very sharp knife or a mandolin slicer, you’ll slice the onion as skinny as attainable.

Next, you’ll mix the warm water, apple cider vinegar, salt, sugar, and peppercorns in a bowl, whisking till salt and sugar are utterly dissolved. Lastly, add the onions and allow them to take a seat on the counter at room temperature for 1 hour earlier than serving or transferring to a lidded glass container for storage within the fridge.

Just some remaining notes before you’re on your method to Taste Town.

Although these quick pickled onions are painfully simple to make and are just about guaranteed to vary your life, I have just some ideas to share earlier than you run right off to that kitchen of yours to whip up a batch:

  • Slicing the onions REALLY thin is the secret sauce here. A sharp chef’s knife will get them pretty skinny, but if you’d like them actually skinny and uniform, then a mandolin slicer is the best way to go. This is the mandolin slicer that I personally use (and have for nearly 15 years) and it’s a workhorse – easy to use, straightforward to wash (it’s dishwasher protected), cuts clean or wavy slices, juliennes vegetables, and cuts straight fries and waffle fries. Plus, it’s the safest one I know of because the safety information means your fingers are nowhere close to the blade. I’ve but to chop myself using it – I can’t advocate it enough.
  • The colour and flavor of those fast pickled onions will intensify after a day or two in the fridge. In case you really need to impress on taco night time (and who doesn’t?!) make them 4-5 days forward of time in order that they develop a stunning shiny pink hue.
  • These are refrigerator-type pickles and are thus meant to be stored solely in the fridge. They don’t seem to be appropriate for canning as their acid content is just too low. In the event you’re on the lookout for a pickled onion recipe you can water tub can, here’s one with less sugar than traditional recipes.
  • Sure, these could be made Entire30-friendly. You just want to go away out the sugar. The style shall be less authentic and the onions may have extra of a vinegary chew to them (fairly than a mellow tart/mildly sweet/tangy taste, however it’s completely attainable.
  • Quick Pickled Onions will maintain within the fridge for at the very least 3 weeks. I can’t say we’ve ever had a jar final that long, however from the research I’ve completed, 3-Four weeks seems to be the max. In fact, if at any time they begin to style ‘off,’ develop mould or grow to be slimy, toss them out and begin a new batch.

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Quick Pickled Onions

  • Writer: Jessica Beacom
  • Prep Time: 15 min.
  • Complete Time: 1 hour, 15 min.
  • Yield: Makes 1½ cups 1x
  • Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan


  1. Slice onions as skinny as potential and place in a shallow bowl or quart-sized mason jar. Put aside.
  2. In a measuring cup, mix warm water, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and peppercorns (if using). Stir until salt and sugar dissolve.
  3. Pour liquid over sliced onions and stir to mix. Press onions down in order that they’re utterly coated with liquid.
  4. Cowl bowl with a clean towel or loosely place lid on jar. Permit onions to rest on the counter at room temperature for 1 hour earlier than serving or transferring to the fridge for longer storage. Will maintain within the fridge in a tightly coated container for as much as 3 weeks (jars like this are ideal for storing and serving from) and will intensify in flavor and colour.

Word: This can be a refrigerator-type pickle and not meant for canning.


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  • Serving Measurement: ¼ cup
  • Energy: 13
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 291mg
  • Fats: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Protein: 0g

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About Jessica Beacom

Jessica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist dwelling in Boulder, CO together with her hubby and two daughters. She’s been described as a ‘real food evangelist’ and loves sharing her information with others to assist them break freed from the food plan mentality and discover their very own food freedom. In her spare time she enjoys CrossFit, telemark snowboarding, mountain biking, educating herself methods to play the banjo and camping out underneath the celebs.