Red Pickled Onions in Lemon

These pickled onions are an excellent side to fried chicken, fish of any description, salads, sandwiches, or even to eat on their own. You will have to chose what to put them with before you make them as they are seriously delicious. Also, they go a super pink colour so that when you eat them you will have all the feels.

What you need to make a good bowl of pickled onions.

  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Pickled Onions
Pickled Onions


If you have a snazzy mandolin slicer, then cut your red onion so it’s sliced nice and thin. If not, grab a knife and chop the shit out of that onion, but make sure you get really nice thin slices. The thinner the onion is, the less harsh the onion flavour will be, meaning you don’t have to pickle it in the lemon juice so long.

Add the chopped onion to a bowl and then add the lemon juice of a whole lemon, all the salt, the sugar, pepper and oil. Give it a good mix and then push all the onion so it is mostly submerged in the lemon. Now put the bowl in the fridge and leave for at least 30 minutes. Have a taste after 30 minutes is up and see if it needs any more pickling. It only needs more pickling if it doesn’t taste great to you. By this point it should have gone a really pretty pastel pink colour. If you want to get all fancy maybe add in some thinly sliced radish, which will make it look and taste even more pro. However, if you’re feeling the fanciest, a few fennel fronds will bring a little anise flavour, which is always welcome in my opinion.  

You can use these pickled onions as a relish on the side of fried food to cut through any heavy fat, or any food for that matter. I think they are a pretty rad snack food to have while maxing and relaxing.

Cool. Peace.


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