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Pickled Red Onions

These tasty onions lose all their pungency in the pickling process but gain a sweet sharpness that makes them a great last minute addition to any salad. They’re a multi-purpose condiment and are delicious with any type of fish.



2 large red onions
1 cup sugar
1 cup red wine vinegar
A sprinkle or two Salt and Pepper


Slice the onions as thinly as possible. You may find it useful to first slice them in half and lay them on their cut side before slicing them further. Cram the sliced onions into a large mason jar.

Pour the sugar and vinegar into a small pot and bring to a boil with the salt and pepper. Pour the hot syrup over the onions; cover them and let rest overnight in the refrigerator before use.

Because sugar and vinegar are such great preservatives, these pickled onions will last indefinitely in your refrigerator. They’re at their best after a day or two in your fridge, once their flavours have had a chance to mature.


  1. Christine said: On Feb 9, 2014

    Amazing for fish tacos!!!!!

  2. Rachel said: On Oct 2, 2013

    Made these for a party where lots of different burgers were served. They were a hit!! My 3 year old eats them on the side, he enjoys them so much. I also make your homemade ketchup! Thanks for the great recipes.

  3. joanne said: On Aug 23, 2013

    Have made this wonderful onion recipe. Wondered if you have a similar canning recipe for Christmas gifts? Thanks JO

  4. JK said: On May 14, 2013

    Wonderfully easy recipe – I’m trying different ones out, and starting here.

  5. Eva said: On May 12, 2013

    I love watching your show. First recipe I used was the pickled red onions. It was great so I used it to pickle cucumbers.

  6. Todd said: On Mar 15, 2013

    Excellent on burgers :-)

  7. Chris said: On Apr 19, 2012

    I also made these pickled red onions. They add a unique taste on burgers that I simply can’t find elsewhere.


  8. brenda said: On Apr 19, 2012

    I watched your show when you made the pickled onions.So I went to the kitchen and made some that day. Great recipe perfect on salads. I have made many of your recipes and they have all been fantastic.

  9. These are a staple of our summer grilling. They make burgers fabulous. They also add a nice kick to a winter salad.

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You may aromatize the pickling liquid with a spoonful of your favourite herb or spice. Try bay leaves, fennel seed or even ground juniper berries. For a very aromatic version, try adding a spoonful or two of standard pickling spice to the simmering sugar before adding the onions.