Sweet pickled red onions will be your new favorite condiments! Just 4 ingredients plus water and you can make pickled red onions with a hint of sweet. If you don’t have a lot of time you can eat these the day you make them, but letting them pickle for longer will give you a softer more flavorful onion!
Recipe at a Glance
Prep time: About 10 minutes.
Cook time: Well there’s no actual cooking here! If you want to eat these same day, try and give them at least an hour before using them. Ideally you should let these pickle for a day for a more intense flavor!
Notes: Keep these stored in the fridge and enjoy them for 2-3 weeks!
These are so easy to make! All you need is:
- Red onions
- White vinegar
Pickling at it’s easiest!
Allowing these to pickle for at least 24 hours will result in this gorgeous deep pink pickling juice. These really will add a pop of color to just about any dish!
This recipe is for a simple sweet version, but you can have fun with adding additonal ingredients to the pickling juice to infuse different flavors! Some ideas are:
Spicy. Add jalapenos of red pepper flavors to add a kick of heat.
Garlic. Add some chopped or minced garlic for extra savory flavor.
Now that you’ve made pickled red onions, you might be wondering what to do with them!
The main reason I whip up a batch is to serve with Mangu. Mangu is a Dominican dish of mashed plantains, typically eaten at breakfast with fried white cheese and fried salami. The pickled red onions help balance the thick plantains!
Some other ideas:
- Deviled eggs
- Burgers or hot dogs
- Avocado toast
- Sandwiches or wraps
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Sweet Pickled Red Onions
Make these sweet pickled red onions with only 4 ingredients and water! Add to tacos, eggs, even salads! For best pickled flavor allow these to marinate in the fridge for at least a day.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 24 hours
- Total Time: 24 hours 10 minutes
- Category: Side Dishes
1 large red onion or 2 medium red onions
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
1. Slice the onion into thin slices and add to a large mason jar.
2. In a separate jar, combine the warm water and sugar. Then add the salt and vinegar. Stir to dissolve, then pour into the jar with the onions. Cover and store in the fridge for 24 hours.
You can eat these after about an hour, but allowing them to pickle for about a day will produce a softer onion and a stronger pickled flavor.
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[…] My favorite part about mangu is the pickled red onions on top. This is a step you definitely do not want to skip. This seriously makes the dish! The mashed plantains is a heavy dish, and you really need the acidity that the pickled red onions provide. It helps cut through the heaviness and light then bite. Once you have these pickled red onions you’ll be thinking of all the recipes that can use some pickled red onions on them! You can find the recipe for them here! […]