pickled onions

Chef’s Pantry: Pickled Onions

Refine your onions with bold flavor and bring visual stimulation to your garnish station; without adding significant cost to your dish.

Pickled onions offer an easy, inexpensive and visual dramatic way to spruce up your burger or sandwich sets, add great perceived value to charcuterie or cheese plates, and they works great when treated as an ingredient for salad dressings, relishes and slaws.

A few things happen when pickling onions…

  1. The red color intensifies once your onions have had ample rest time…we all need rest to be vibrant
  2. The intense onion flavor is partially neutralized by the sugar brine
  3. The vinegar becomes a preservative for the onions, thus prolonging the shelf life


  • 2 Cups Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • .75 Cup Kosher Salt
  • 8 Sprigs Thyme and .25 Cup Peppercorns wrapped in cheese cloth

Simmer everything together until sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour hot mixture over 10 lbs of shaved red onion.  Allow onions at least 24 hours to chill, relax and soak in all the flavors before using.

Use Pickled Onions & Onion brine with…

  • Sandwiches
  • Dressings
  • Marinades
  • Onion jam
  • Onion marmalade
  • Pickled onion hollandaise
  • Sauces
  • On charcuterie & cheese plates
  • On vegetable platters
  • Use on salads