These pickled cocktail onions make a great snack or addition to any meal. Pearl onions are pickled in a sweet and salty brine to delivers a kick of flavor that explodes in every bite-sized onion.
I love pickled onions. Red onions, sweet onions, white onions - you name it. If they're pickled, they're delicious. My favorite kind of pickled onions is cocktail onions. They're easy to pickle, and their natural sweetness makes the perfect pairing to the tanginess of the pickling brine.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's a sweet and tangy side dish or appetizer that everyone loves.
- It only uses a handful of simple ingredients.
- It's an easy recipe that's ready in just a few minutes.
Be sure to shake your jar a couple of times a day while the onions pickle to ensure that all the ingredients remain mixed.
You'll only need a handful of simple ingredients to make this recipe, and many of them are probably in your kitchen right now. Anything you don't have can be found at any grocery store.
All the ingredients for the recipe are listed here, but you'll find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Pearl onions
- Coriander seeds
- White vinegar
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coarse salt
- OPTIONAL: ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
Making these pickled pearl onions is just about as easy as it gets. It only takes a few minutes of prep. Then, you simply have to wait 3 days for the onions to fully pickle. That's all there is to i!
1: Place pearl onions and coriander seeds in a large sealable jar.
2: Boil the remaining pickling ingredients.
3: Pour hot mixture over onions.
4: Seal the jar and allow onions to pickle for 3 days, shaking a couple of times each day.
Substitutions and Variations
- For Southwestern flair, try mixing sliced jalapenos with the onions.
- Slice and pickle sweet onions in place of pearl onions.
- You can use this brine mixture to pickle large garlic cloves, as well.
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Large mason jar
Store for up to a month in the refrigerator in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
What to Serve with Pickled Pearl Onions
Pair these onions with your favorite beef, chicken, or pork recipes. You can also use them as an appetizer ingredients or simply snack on them!
- Boil your pickling mixture for a full 5 minutes before pouring it over the pearl onions.
- Place your lid on your jar immediately after pouring in the hot liquid so it seals.
- Give your jar a good shake about twice a day during the 3-day pickling window.
Pearl onions are, in fact, onions. They are just very small
Pearl onions are commonly used for pickling or added to cocktails. In addition, their sweet flavor makes them excellent additions to casseroles, soups, stews, and other savory dishes.
Pearl onions have a much milder and sweeter flavor than large bulb onions, even sweet onions.
Yes. Cut a very small portion of the top of the onion off, then peal off the outer skin.
More Pickled Recipes
- 18 oz pearl onions
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp coarse salt
- OPTIONAL: ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- Place pearl onions and coriander seeds in a large sealable jar.
- Put remaining ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir often and bring to a low boil for 5 minutes.
- Pour hot mixture over onions. Seal the jar and allow onions to pickle for 3 days, shaking a couple times each day.
Amount Per Serving Calories 13Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 219mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 0g
Never miss my delicious recipes, cute creations, or household tips!