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Quick Pickled Yellow Onions

Mouthwatering pickled yellow onions add crunch and tangy flavor to any meal. The easy homemade pickle recipe is perfect for burgers, salads, and snacking.

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Pickled Yellow Onions in a small bowl.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The quick pickles come together quickly using simple pantry ingredients. 
  • Use the pickles on everything from BBQ to sandwiches, tacos, and salads. You can also feature them on a charcuterie board in a cute bowl. 
  • I always keep a jar of quick pickled onions in my fridge to add to all my meals!

What You Need to Make this Recipe

Additions and Substitutions

  • You can mellow the sharpness of raw onions by blanching them briefly in boiling water before adding them to the glass jar for pickling.
  • Include more whole spices like red pepper flakes, mustard seeds, and bay leaves.
  • Try pickling red onions, white onions, or pearl onions instead.  

How to Pickle Yellow Onions

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Warm water, white vinegar, honey, salt, coriander seeds, and black peppercorns in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer.

Step 2: Meanwhile, thinly slice the onions and pack them into the bottom of a glass jar like a mason jar. Set them aside.

Thinly sliced onions.

Step 3: Remove the saucepan from heat and carefully pour the vinegar mixture over the sliced onions. Press the onions into the glass to remove any bubbles, and let them cool at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

Brine poured over the onions in a jar.

Expert Tips

  • Select fresh, firm yellow onions for the best texture and flavor.
  • Thinly slice the onions for quick pickling.
  • Pour the hot brine over the raw onions, ensuring they are completely covered. Leave some space at the top of the jar to allow for expansion during the pickling process.

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How to Use Pickled Yellow Onions

Pickled yellow onions are a perfect topping, and they add a nice, sweet, crunchy, acidic pop to tacos, sandwiches, potato saladnachos, hot dogs, and burgers, or use them as a topping for salad or pizza. You can also chop the onions finely and mix them with other ingredients to make McDonald’s Big Mac Sauce.

What to do With the Leftovers

  • Storage – After the onions cool, transfer them to a glass jar or container. The easy pickled yellow onions will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best onions for pickling?

If you enjoy pickle onions, try a variety of onions, each with a different flavor. Some of my favorites to pickle are pearl onions, cipollini onions, red onions, sweet onions like Vidalia or Walla Walla, and yellow onions.

How long should pickled onions be left before eating?

Fresh pickles are ready to eat within 1-2 days. After 24-48 hours in the refrigerator, the flavors have had time to develop, making the onions even more delicious.

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Pickled Yellow Onions in a small bowl.

Pickled Yellow Onions

Tressa Jamil
Mouthwatering pickled yellow onions add crunch and tangy flavor. The easy homemade pickle recipe is perfect for burgers, salads, and snacking.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish, Topping
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 24 kcal
Equipment
Ingredients
  
  • 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced, ¼-inch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
Instructions
 
  • Warm water, white vinegar, honey, salt, coriander seeds, and black peppercorns in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer.
  • Meanwhile, thinly slice the onions and pack them into the bottom of a glass jar like a mason jar. Set them aside.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and carefully pour the vinegar mixture over the sliced onions. Press the onions into the glass to remove any bubbles, and let them cool at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
Notes
Expert Tips: 
  • Select fresh, firm yellow onions for the best texture and flavor.
  • Thinly slice the onions for quick pickling.
  • Pour the hot brine over the raw onions, ensuring they are completely covered. Leave some space at the top of the jar to allow for expansion during the pickling process.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 24 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 0.4 g | Fat: 0.1 g | Saturated Fat: 0.02 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02 g | Sodium: 236 mg | Potassium: 50 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 2 IU | Vitamin C: 2 mg | Calcium: 11 mg | Iron: 0.1 mg
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