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Pickled Red Onions

By , from the Culinate Kitchen collection
Yield 2 cups


This recipe from The Greens Cookbook is an easy one to throw together. I like the onions with smoked trout or salmon, as well as added to a sandwich.


2 medium-size red onions, peeled and thinly sliced into rings
4 cups boiling water
cup rice-wine vinegar
cup cold water
10 whole black peppercorns
2 bay leaves


  1. Place sliced onions in a colander and separate into rings. Pour boiling water over onions, then rinse with cold water under the faucet.
  2. In a small-to-medium bowl, mix together the vinegar, cold water, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Add onions to bowl, submerging the onions in the vinegar mixture, then cover. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

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1. by DawnHeather Simmons on Apr 14, 2009 at 5:29 AM PDT

Oh! Thank you! I have been looking for how to do this! There’s a restaurant here in Vancouver that serves pickled red onions over their prime rib, and I’m totally addicted! Played around with it, but never came up with anything that really seemed to work. I think this will do it!

2. by DawnHeather Simmons on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:09 AM PDT
Rating: five

Okay. I’ve made this (sorta) and it’s ALMOST what I was trying to re-create. I made a few changes. The ones I have had were sweet, so I added about a tablespoon of sugar (which turned out to be nowhere near enough and, several hours later, I added about that much again). I accidentally added about twice as much pepper, and my pepper is a blend of about 4:1 or 5:1 pepper to whole allspice. I know the ones I’ve had before were sliced on a mandoline. I don’t have one, so I sliced the onion as thinly as I could by hand. It’s not quite as attractive, but still quite nice to look at. And the flavour is very close to what I want. Oh, and I only did about half an onion because I wasn’t sure how long it would keep, and you can only eat so much of this sort of thing at a time, you know? But it still took the entire amount of liquid to cover my onion slices. This is super easy and quick to do, and very good. And, a nice bonus, I think the liquid will be a very nice start to a salad dressing. So, all in all, I’m quite happy with what I ended up with.

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