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Pot filled with quick pickled red onions and jalapeño peppers

Quick Pickled Red Onions | Easy Recipe

  • Author: Rachel Steenland | The Plant Riot
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes + 20-30 minutes pickling
  • Total Time: 35-45 minutes


This quick pickled red onion recipe is tangy, crisp, and super easy to make! Bright pink and ready in around 45 minutes for tacos and salads! 


  • 2 red onions, peeled + thinly sliced
  • Boiling water
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Place thinly sliced red onions and jalapeño pepper into a small pot, then pour over boiling water until covered. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the onions to remove the water, then place the onion and jalapeño pepper slices back into the pot. Add the orange and lime juice, salt and pepper, then stir to combine. Set aside for 20 to 30 minutes to pickle and turn pink.
  3. Transfer to a mason jar or airtight container and place into the fridge to cool before serving.

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