Are you ready to add some zing to your meals with the easiest pickled onion recipe ever? Well, grab your apron, and let’s get pickling quick pickled onions! How’s that for a tongue twister? :P
Onions are very much in the news in the Philippines these days because of their skyrocketing price (Php 600 as of this writing). The mom and dad went to Pangasinan and were able to get a few kilos for cheap. Needless to say, Im not gonna let them go to waste!
Pickled onions have been a beloved condiment and snack for centuries, with roots dating back to ancient civilizations. The process of pickling, which involves preserving food in vinegar or brine, has been used for centuries as a way to extend the shelf life of perishable foods.
Pickled onions, specifically, have a long and storied history. They were a popular food in ancient Rome, where they were often served as a side dish or appetizer. In the Middle Ages, pickled onions were a common food for peasants, as they were cheap and easy to preserve. They became a popular food in England during the 17th century, where they were often served with roast beef or as a topping for sandwiches.
Today, pickled onions are enjoyed all around the world and can be found in a variety of cuisines. From the spicy pickled onions served with Mexican street food to the sweet and tangy pickled onions found in the UK, there are countless variations on this delicious condiment. In the Philippines, we’re not much fans of pickled onions since we have pickled papaya and ampalaya. But ever since trying them out with fried fish, I always crave them -sweet and tangy, with that special onion flavor.
And whether you’re a fan of traditional pickled onions or enjoy experimenting with different flavors and spices, there’s no denying the versatility and deliciousness of this timeless condiment.
Quick Pickled Onions Recipe
So here’s a recipe for quick pickled onions in case you come upon this gold mine yourself.
First things first, you’ll need to gather your ingredients: 1 cup of pickled onions (obviously), 1 cup of vinegar (white vinegar or apple cider vinegar works great), 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional, but highly recommended for a little extra kick).
Now, let’s get pickling! Start by thinly slicing your pickled onions (use a mandoline if you have one, or just slice them as thin as you can with a knife). In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Heat the mixture over medium heat until the sugar and salt have dissolved.
Once the sugar and salt have dissolved, add the sliced onions to the saucepan and stir to coat them in the pickling liquid. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the onions cool in the pickling liquid. Once they’re cooled, transfer the onions and their pickling liquid to a jar or container with a lid. You can store the pickled onions in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks (but let’s be real, they’ll probably be gone way before then).
Now that you’ve mastered the art of pickled onions, you can use them to add some tangy goodness to all sorts of dishes! Try adding them to sandwiches, burgers, salads, tacos, or even just eating them on their own as a tasty snack. Trust us, once you start pickling, you won’t be able to stop!
Happy pickling, friends!