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Easy 10 Minute Pickled Onions

A quick recipe for red pickled onions that can be made in under 10 minutes and ready to serve once cool. You need a red onion, red wine vinegar, maple syrup, chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Scroll down for a free printable recipe.

Overhead shot of jar of quick red pickled onions

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Quick recipes

Quick, quick, quick! Yes you know I love quick and easy recipes and this recipe for easy pickled onions is certainly that. A few minutes to make and they're ready to enjoy once they're cool.

Pickles usually take a while to make and then you have to wait for months until they mature. 

Don't get me wrong, they are delicious and they perk up meals so much, but you really have to plan ahead or have a well-stocked store cupboard.

The joy in these pickles is you can make them while dinner is cooking and once they are cool they can be served alongside everything else.

An easy recipe for fresh and zingy red pickled onions made in 10 minutes. Ready to serve once cool. Fat free and low calories with only 35 calories per serving.

How to serve quick pickled onions

10 minute pickled onions are a breeze to make, but what should you serve them with? Check out my 10 tasty ideas for inspiration.

  1. Serve with poppadoms at the start of a meal as a quick and light starter.
  2. Serve alongside a curry.
  3. Pile them high on a burger,
  4. Serve with bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potato).
  5. Chop and mix with cream cheese as a tangy dip or spread.
  6. Top a salad with quick pickled onions for that added tang.
  7. Pile high on hot dogs.
  8. Add to sandwiches, wraps and pitta with your favourite sandwich fillings.
  9. Fill a baked potato with cream cheese or grated cheese and top with quick pickled onions.
  10. When you've eaten all the scrummy onion, use the vinegar to make a tasty salad dressing. Just add some olive oil to the jar and shake well before drizzling.

Traditional Pickles and Chutney

cheeseboard chutney in a glass jar

Quick pickled onions are rather fabulous, but I don't want to put you off making traditional pickles and chutney. 

Where the 10-minute pickles are fresh and zingy, properly matured chutneys and pickles have such an amazing depth of flavour and they are also easy to make.

How do you make chutney?

Here is my easy guide to making chutney.

  1. Sterilise jam jars. This can be done the traditional way in the oven or by popping them through a hot dishwasher cycle.
  2. Chop your chosen fruit and vegetables and add them to a large pot.
  3. Add currants or raisins if you are including them.
  4. Add spices, sugar and vinegar and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved then bring to the boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture is thick. You should be able to pull a wooden spoon across the base of the pan and leave a channel.
  6. Pour into the hot sterilised jars, being careful not to touch inside the jar or lid with your fingers. Fill to the top, fasten the lid and leave to cool.
  7. Store in a dark cupboard for up to a year. Serve once it has matured for 6-8 weeks and once the jar's open store in the fridge and use within 3-4 weeks.
  8. Enjoy!  

There are just over 8 weeks until Christmas. 

If you are making traditional pickle or chutney, make it soon! 

If not, keep my Easy 10 Minute Pickled Onion recipe handy.

Three Traditional Chutneys

Here are three traditional and delicious chutneys for you to try next.
  1. Apple and Red Onion Chutney - a basic chutney recipe, which is a good one to start with.
  2. Chunky Plum and Apricot Chutney - flavoured with cinnamon.
  3. Hot Mango Chutney - a real family favourite

a jar of easy 10 minute red pickled onions

Easy 10 Minute Pickled Onions

My quick pickled onions are easy to make and only contain a few basic ingredients. 

Red onion, red wine vinegar, water, maple syrup, chilli flakes, salt and pepper. 

That's it! 

This recipe really is simple.

Just 10 minutes to make, then you just leave them to cool.

Make this soon and let me know what you think. 

I bet they will become a family favourite in your home too.

Also, try this recipe for quick homemade pickled cabbage.

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Yield: 6-8 servings
a jar of easy 10 minute red pickled onions

Easy 10 Minute Pickled Onions

An easy recipe for fresh and zingy red pickled onions made in 10 minutes. Ready to serve once cool. Fat free and low calories with only 35 calories per serving. Free printable recipe.
prep time: 8 minscook time: 2 minstotal time: 10 mins


  • 1 large red onion
  • 150ml/2/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 150ml/2/3 cup  water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ -1 tsp chilli flakes
  • A good grinding of black pepper


  1. Peel and finely slice the red onion. Separate out the rings then add the onions to a clean jam jar or mason jar.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients to a small pan and bring to a boil then turn off the heat.
  3. Carefully pour the hot liquid over the onions, pressing down the onions with a spoon until they are completely submerged.
  4. Fasten the lid and leave aside to cool. These will be ready to serve once cool, in about 30 minutes.
  5. Leftover pickled onions can be kept in the fridge for a week.
  6. Enjoy!
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  1. This looks like a nice addition to burgers! Love the recipe, easy to follow, too.

  2. This looks super easy and so tasty! I love pickled onions and never thought that I could make them this fast!!

    1. Yes they are super quick to make and so full of flavour too.

  3. I LOVE pickled onions on my burgers. I am so making these!

    1. Oh yes they are great on burgers, especially with cream cheese!

  4. This look really easy. Perfect with a homemade halloumi kebab.

    1. They would be amazing with a halloumi kebab Dannii. Good call!

  5. wow, these onions look SO amazing -- your photos are gorgeous! I love the addition of the maple syrup -- I've never seen that in a pickling recipe, and I'm intrigued. Bet it's delicious.

    1. Thanks Valentina, they are a pretty impressive colour. I've used sugar before, but decided to use maple this time.

  6. A perfect recipe. And thanks for the serving suggestions too.

  7. Liked the bright colours of onion. Will surely try.

  8. Thanks and it's my pleasure. I hope you try it.

  9. After making could they be stored for future use? If so, for how long?
    Many thanks.

    1. They Eileen happily keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. They don't last as long as traditional pickles which a cooked with sugar snd vinegar.

    2. Sorry my phone hates me, that should read they will keep ....


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