Easy Pickled Red Onions

A quick and easy recipe for pickled red onions. These are so easy you'll be making them as toppings on everything!
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Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American


  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • optional additions: 5-10 black peppercorns, 1 bay leaf, allspice berries, garlic clove, thyme sprig


  • In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar, water, agave, and salt to a simmer then remove from heat.  
  • Slice the red onion thin along the natural lines of the exterior, then place the slices in a jar. and add in any additional flavorings that you like (I use what I have on hand but you can also go without).
  • Pour warm vinegar mixture over the onions and let sit at room temp for 20-30 minutes. Cover the jar with a tight lid and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
  • Serve with tacos, over salads, over potato pancakes, etc etc.
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