Pickled Red Onions

by Tokyo Terrace on July 12, 2010

Summer makes me remember when I was just a young pup running around the yard barefoot, picking dandelions for my mom, and searching for little animals to capture and release. I was kind of a Tom Boy in those days, running around with crazy frizzy hair until it was time for dinner. Then, our family of four would sit down together to enjoy some hamburgers fresh off the grill with all the fixins. I am reminded of such simple pleasures every time I sit on my parents deck on warm summer nights.

Simplicity is what its all about when it comes to summer meals. These quick pickled red onions are a simple but exceptional addition to hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches- anything that calls out for a fabulous condiment. Personally, Im one of those would you like some fries with your ketchup? kind of people, so condiments are important to me. I cant get enough!

After a couple of hours in some rice wine vinegar and a touch of sugar, thinly sliced red onions take on a beautiful color and texture. The onions maintain their bite but take on a tart flavor that adds the perfect contrast to a juicy burger. Not to mention the gorgeous color. And guess what? You can do this with anything youd like to pickle! Be creative! Do you have any unique veggies or fruits you like to pickle? Id love to hear about them in your comments!

Pickled Red Onions

Makes about 2 cups

1 medium/large red onion, thinly sliced

2 cups rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

In a medium bowl, combine the rice wine vinegar and sugar. Stir.

Add the onion slices and press them down to ensure they are covered in the vinegar. If needed, place a sheet of plastic wrap loosely over the bowl, then press another smaller bowl over the plastic wrap to help keep the onions submerged.

Place the bowl in the refrigerator and allow to pickle for at least 2 hours and up to 5 hours. Strain the onions of the liquid and return to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. The pickled onions should last about 2-3 weeks.

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  • obviouslyomnivore

    uhhh.. yes please. i want some with whatever im eating with rice. :)

  • http://twitter.com/anhsfoodblog anh

    Lovely pickles! You are right! This can be added to any burgers/meal!

  • heidileon

    You are so right Rachael, pickled red onions are fantastic on everything either burgers or tacos!. I love them.

  • El

    Lovely! And the flowers are gorgeous too!

  • Lemonsandanchovies

    Gosh, Ive been meaning to make this for so long but I never get to. Your pickled red onions look great and I bet they are a great accompaniment to a lot of foods. Thanks for posting. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/fujimama Rachael

    Mmmmm, these look fabulous! What an awesome addition to a sandwich, especially during the heat of summer.

  • jenwomanvfood

    ooh, nice! I love these! I didnt realize they are so easy to make, making some as soon as I get my hands on a red onion.

  • TokyoTerrace

    Oooo! Your taco idea would be fantastic! I am going to have to try that asap!

  • TokyoTerrace

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone! Glad you like my pickled red onions! Im still enjoying the leftovers

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