Pickled red onions

Pickled red onions

Red onions - food styling

I’ve never been fan of raw onions. The smell, the lingering flavour after eating them – and much like good old garlic – it’s noticeable when someone else has been eating them.

Give me cooked onions any day.

Pickled red onions - recipe

Pickled red onions - recipe

Another way I get onions into my life is by pickling them. Most of the harshness has been erased or mellowed, they don’t stink you up and the sharp zing they take on from the brine lends to so many foods. Sandwiches, burgers, spicy food, even on a ploughman’s lunch. It’s kind of endless.

Any variety of onion can be pickled, but the good old red onion would have to be the most attractive. I mean, look at that colour! All natural, although you could sneak in a small piece of raw beetroot for an even more intense pink.

The spices that go into the brine can be mixed up to whatever you like. For this particular batch I simply used black peppercorns, fennel and cumin seeds. Bay leaf goes well, dried herbs, even chilli.

As for the vinegar, something light in colour is best as the colour of the onions is retained. Just not the el cheapo white vinegar that’s way too harsh in flavour. Apple cider vinegar, champagne vinegar, even Chinese rice vinegar works.


Recipes where I’ve used these onions –


Pickled red onions - recipe

Pickled red onions - recipe

 

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Pickled red onions
Try your hand at these spice pickled red onions. They're the perfect for tacos, sandwiches, burgers and so much more.
Pickled red onions recipe
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Ingredients
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Pickled red onions recipe
Instructions
  1. Place the sliced onions into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle over the the salt and mix through. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix through the sugar and spices. Transfer the onions to 1 large glass jar, or 2 smaller ones. Pour in enough vinegar until you hit the ⅔ mark, then top it up with water until the onions are just covered.
  3. Seal with a screw-top lid or clamp, gently shake to mix, then refrigerate for at least 2 days before using.
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  • Love onions and love them pickled even better. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • Raw onions never used to bother me but now I find myself being that annoying person who asks for no onions in their banh mi. lol. I do love pickled onions thigh. Will have to get my pickle on soon!

  • Okay, the color of the onions with the color of the savoy cabbage leaf is stunning. Really, a work of art. As you know, I can’t eat garlic or raw onions (and boy, can I smell it coming from 10 paces!), so I ought to try pickling them. I will let you know!

  • Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    Must admit i don’t mind raw onion, as long as I am he one eating it 😉 Lovely looking pickled ones.

  • AmandaChewTown

    I love the gorgeous blushed colour of pickled onions. These look gorgeous!

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