The Easiest Quick Pickled Onions (Paleo, Vegan)

Quick pickled onions are the best condiment when you need something tangy and crunchy at the last minute. Takes less than 5 minutes to put together!

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I debated whether I should post this quick pickled onions recipe or not because it’s just so stupid easy. I thought maybe I should just do an Instagram post with the instructions on how to make it, but I figured I should have a page I can point to people easily when they ask me for the recipe.

So here it is. I’ve been putting these on pretty much everything for the past several weeks. Tacos, open faced sandwiches, sausages, salads, you name it. The crunchiness and the tanginess of the onions just boosts the flavors of anything you put them on. Best of all, it literally took me 3 minutes to put everything together, and the rest is just waiting for the onions to pickle. Anyone can do it!

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Of course, I always prefer real lacto-fermented vegetables over quick pickled ones, because of all their probiotic benefits, but sometimes, you just don’t have the time for that. Growing up in a Korean household, we would always have kimchi on the side of everything, so having a tangy condiment with every meal is now so comforting to me.

Before you ask, I’m actually not sure how long this lasts in the fridge. I’ve had mine for about 3 weeks now, and it still looks and tastes awesome. But then again, quick pickled onions are one of those things that just gets better the longer it sits, so use your best judgement! I’m one of those people that eat food way past their expiration date as long as they look and smell fine. And hey, I’m still alive and well.

Since Father’s Day is this weekend, I hope you make this quick pickled onions to put on all the yummy grilled foods. Let me know what you enjoyed it on!

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The Easiest Quick Pickled Onions
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  1. In a quart-sized jar, pour in apple cider vinegar and coconut aminos or tamari sauce.
  2. Add the sliced onions.
  3. Pour in filtered water until the onion slices are completely submerged.
  4. Close the lid and shake it a few times so the liquids are mixed together.
  5. Leave it at room temperature for an hour.
  6. Store in the refrigerator.

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Quick Pickled Onions (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, AIP)

18 thoughts on “The Easiest Quick Pickled Onions (Paleo, Vegan)

  1. Jo Romero

    I don’t know why it is that I always feel like pickled things are too complicated to make! haha! These look super easy and I love how you served them with that smoked salmon in the pic. Beautiful!

  2. Amanda Torres

    I do quick pickled red onions all the time but never thought to add in tamari/coconut aminos! I bet that extra umami really makes them that much more delicious. Such a wonderful and versatile condiment 🙂

    1. Jean Choi Post author

      Haha yeah. Definitely a hipster thing. But you are right. It’s so incredibly easy to make!


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