Want to jazz up your fish tacos, your pulled pork sandwich, or your salad? Add pickled red onions!! These easy pickled red onions are great on salads, beans, burgers, or a roast. As a matter of fact, they add the right amount of sweetness and zing to boost any dish.
They are quick and easy to make and they add a lot of flavor and color. I eat them right out of the jar!! Only 8 simple ingredients and a short amount of time are needed.
1 medium size red onion
1 cup red wine vinegar
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns or 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or Gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
1 small cinnamon stick (optional)
1. Place all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil. Stir in the beginning as to make sure sugar and salt are dissolved.
2. While liquid is coming to a boil, slice up your red onion in rings and pack tightly into a pint size jar. Add your cinnamon stick to the top of the onions.
3. Once liquid reaches a boil, take off stove and slowly pour over the onions. Twist on lid and let it set for 30 minutes on the counter and then place in the fridge. They are ready to eat in a couple of hours. I let mine sit for a night before I use.
*NOTE: You can swap out red wine vinegar with white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. If you use apple cider vinegar, you will have sweeter pickled onions. I like Gochugaru as it gives a bit more heat. You can always tweak this to your taste. I just love these on my tacos and snacking on them!!
Cheers, Drew Frederic