Pickled Red Onions

“I once had some fish tacos served with pickled red onion and it was a really great addition. One day when I had the water bath canner out, I decided to try making my own. Good on tacos, salads, sandwiches, etc. The plain pickled onions are sweet and tangy and go great on just about anything. Adding the spices gives them a bit more depth and a really great flavor, though not really recommended for Mexican food. If you want something less sweet with a more pronounced Mexican twist, try my Mexican Pickled Red Onions.” – April Ferre

Pickled Red Onions

Course: Pickles & Relishes


  • 1 Quart Red Onions Thinly Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Non-Iodized Salt
  • 2 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3/4 to 1 Cup Sugar
  • 6 Bay Leaves (1 per Jar), Optional
  • 1 Tablespoon Mustard Seed (1/2 Teaspoon per Jar), Optional
  • 12 Whole Allspice (2 per Jar), Optional
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (1/2 Clove per Jar), Optional


  • Combine red onions and salt in large bowl. Let stand for 1 to 3 hours. Drain well.
  • Combine vinegar and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  • To 6 hot, sterilized half-pint jars add any or all of the optional spices and pack in red onions. Pour hot brine over onions, leaving 1/4-inch headspace.
  • Remove any air bubbles, clean rims and attach 2-piece lids. Process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes. Makes 6 half-pint jars.

2022 Original Recipe – April Ferre