Quick Method to Pickling Onions

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Oh dang y’all, we are going to be pickling up some onions.

Why you ask?

Because pickling onions is fun, the color is absolutely beautiful and they are damn delicious!

This quick method allows you to whip up some pickled onions right before dinner is done without having to wait days or even weeks.

These pickled onions add a little extra pizazz to any dish. So, keeping them on hand at all times is a wise choice to make.

Plus they are super easy to make, so why not. Right!?!

Let’s break down a few ingredients that are in this recipe shall we…


You’ll notice we use both white distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar. This give these onions the perfect balance of delicious pungent sourness. And when we are talking about pickling stuff, delicious pungent sourness is what we are looking for y’all.


You can use either maple syrup or honey. I decided to go with maple syrup because honey can sometimes have a very distinct taste depending what kind of honey you buy. And honestly, I just didn’t want to be bummed out because of that taste. The maple syrup just gives a more even light sweetness.

If you do decide to go the honey route though, remember to add the honey after your liquid mixture has already been brought to a boil and slightly cooled down. Honey contains fantastic beneficial properties and when heated to a high degree, those beneficial properties are killed off.


Using red onion is preferred for this recipe because it already has a full flavor to it. Combining these ingredients together just makes pure magic happen.

Also, be sure to slice it thin. This will allow the onions to pickle quicker and it makes it much more desirable to eat them after.

Ready for our quick method to pickling onions?

Let’s do this….

Quick Method to Pickling Onions

Super quick method to pickling onions right before dinner is done.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Whole Red Onion
  • ½ cup Filtered Water
  • ½ cup Distilled White Vinegar
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp Maple Syrup or Honey
  • 1 tsp Salt


  1. First, slice that mutha f-ing onion super thin. Remember y'all, you want it thin. And pack these bad boys in a mason jar, wreck jar or whatever other jar that tickles your fancy.

  2. Add all your ingredients except the onion to a small sauce pan and bring to a quick boil.

    ***If you are using honey, do not add honey until mixture has been brought to a boil and then slightly cooled.

  3. Pour liquid mixture over your onions. Allow to sit on counter for about 30 minutes.

    That's it yo!

  4. Use on burgers, salads, in tuna, in your breakfast potatoes, on sandwiches. Seriously, anything that you want to add a little more spunk to.

  5. ***These onions will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge. They will also develop even more flavor as they sit in the refrigerator.

Now how easy was all that?!?

Next time you want to spice up that same ol’ boring dish of yours, try adding some of these delicious onions to it and see what happens!

If pickling makes you happy then fermenting should make you sing, try this fermented carrots recipe using brine. Super easy recipe and it will make your gut happy.

Happy pickling!


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