Easy – Delicious Red Onion Pickled with Lemon and Dill

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Learn how to create an delicious pickled red onion with lemon zest and dill recipe with a great fresh taste from fruit and herb you can find in your kitchen garden.

Above image of red onion pickled with lemon slices and dill.  Below a cutting board with red onion, garlic and lemon.

How Easy is it to Achieve good Red Onion Pickling?

Do you know it can be easy and delicious to make a homemade pickling?

I am here to tell you that it is VERY EASY! You will make it in no time and enjoy it on veggie bowls, tacos, sandwiches, wraps or salads. Few ingredient and the perfect touch to round up a fresh tasting dish!

Easy - Delicious Pickled Red Onion Recipe 1
DELICIOUS AND FRESH PICKLED DILL LEMON RED ONION
Easy - Delicious Pickled Red Onion Recipe 2
FRESH RED ONIONS WORK WELL FOR QUICK PICKLED RECIPES.

Achieving a mouth watering Red Onion Pickling Recipe.

You will be using only a few ingredients to achieve this mouthwatering easy pickling; (white wine vinegar, honey or maple, dill, lemon peel and salt) Why do I like local honey? The sweetness of the local flower come through and add a whole new dimension to the pickling.

You can flavor your pickling any way you want, but this is my favorite combination because of how fresh tasting it is and how it compliments the many dishes I make.

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What is the time needed to achieve an easy and delicious red onion pickling?

This easy recipe will not take long, you just need to allow the mixture to rest and let the ingredients merge into a fabulous fresh flavor. You should have the recipe ready in 25 minutes. I have tried other vinegar types like red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. They are too strong, taking over the flavor and not allowing the balance of flavors like white wine vinegar. When using subtle flavors like herb or lemon peel, you want the balance to be just right in order for them to shine through.

Easy - Delicious Pickled Red Onion Recipe 3.  Onions on cutting board.
LOVE TO EXPERIMENT WITH FLAVORS! GET CREATIVE!

Experiment with Unique Flavors.

Experiment with different flavors like sage and peppercorn or elephant garlic to bring the sweetness of the red onions. You can even add some hot pepper with the garlic for that spicy note! Look in your garden for the herbs you have and don’t be afraid to try a combination of your own easy recipe. The combination may surprise you!

Few Ingredients for achieving a delicious Easy Pickled Onions

  • 25 oz. Glass jar: Make sure you use a glass mason jar with hinged lids. The metal lids may corrode with the acid. The rubber on the jar will make it airtight.
  • Red Onion: One large red onion for a 25 oz jar or two medium onions.
  • Sweetener: I love using local honeys, if possible, to taste subtle taste of local flowers. I love going to farmers market and trying a new flavor when I can! Delicious! But you can use any honey or even good quality maple syrup.
  • Fresh Dill – 2 sprigs
  • Fresh Lemon: 2 pieces Lemon zest
  • Salt – I used kosher salt but sea salt is also great.
  • Ice – 2 cups
  • Boiling Water – Enough to cover the onions
  • Cold Water – Enough to cover the onions
  • Pestle

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Easy - Delicious Pickled Red Onion Recipe 5.  Open glass jar with pickled onion in it.
USING A MORTAR TO SOFTEN THE PICKLED ONION

TWO EASY SET OF STEPS to Achieve the greatest easy Pickling!

Easy steps to an easy and delicious pickled onion that you will enjoy in minutes!

Jar and plate and wood pestle on the side and dill garnish.
FISH TACOS WITH BEANS, CUCUMBER AND PICKLED RED ONIONS!

FIRST STEPS FOR A GREAT PICKLING.

  1. Slice the Red Onions. Slice your red onions thinly or use a mandolin to slice. The consistency helps with a uniform pickling throughout, but it is not required. Here is where you can save time, the thinner the onion is sliced, the quicker it will take the flavor as it marinates and pickles. The yummy flavors will blend beautifully!
  2. Place Salt and Honey in the Pot. Place on medium heat until the ingredients dissolve. This will not take but a few minutes, the vinegar will help dissolve the salt and honey.
  3. Place Mixture in the refrigerator. Let the mixture cool off, it doesn’t need to be cold, just not hot so it won’t cook the onions.
  4. Boil water. The next two steps will assure that the onion will soften quickly while keeping a little crisp texture. Boil enough water to cover the onions.
  5. Place Red Onion in a Bowl and Pour the Boiling Water to cover. Let the water stand for only a minute to soften the onion. Immediately pour the content to a colander. Add ice on top to stop the cooking process and add cold water to cover the onions. You just want to soften the onion not cook it. You can stir the onion around to get the cold water throughout. This step should only take a couple of minutes.

SECOND STEPS AFTER GETTING ONIONS AND MIXTURE READY TO PLACE IN THE JAR.

6. Place ingredients in the mason jar. Place your onions and mixture and stir to dissolve. A good trick to get that lemon flavor we love is to twist the zest and place it in the jar. This will get the natural oils activated and the flavor will come out quicker. Use a pestle to gently mash the onions, dill and lemon zest to soften and speed the pickling process. Be gentle, just do it until the onions are below the line of the vinegar.

7. Pickling. Let the ingredients rest for about an hour. After the hour remove the lemon peel and dill and add fresh ones to store.

8. Serve your exquisite recipe and enjoy!Refrigerate! Keep your mason jar in the refrigerator, make sure it is sealed. The pickling can be kept refrigerate for about 2 week. I like to replace any soft herbs to keep it fresh and enjoy it.

I am so excited for this recipe, it has become a staple in my home for so many dishes. Let me know how it turns out and what you used it on? Email me a photo! I love to see what you create!

Red Onion Pickling Preparation

Easy and Delicious Red Onion Pickling with Lemon Zest and Dill

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An Easy – Delicious recipe using fresh herb for your pickling. Have it ready in minutes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins

Equipment

  • Mandolin
  • Pestle
  • Glass Jar with Rubber Sealer
  • Small Pot
  • Colander
  • Bowl
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cup

Ingredients
  

  • 1 25 oz. Glass Jar with Rubber Sealer Do not recommend metal lids, the acid will corrode with time.
  • 2 Medium Red Onion
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Dill You may want to keep more available to replace every 2 to 3 days on your jar.
  • 2 Zest Lemon Peel Make sure you don't get the white part, only use the zest for freshest taste.
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Salt Kosher Salt or Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp Local Honey
  • 2 Cups Ice
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water Enough water to cover the Onions fully.
  • 2 Cups Cold Water Enough water to cover the Onions. Tap water will work.

Instructions
 

  • Slice the Red Onions. Slice your red onions thinly or use a mandolin to slice. The consistency helps with a uniform pickling throughout, but it is not required. Here is where you can save time, the thinner the onion is sliced, the quicker it will take the flavor as it marinates and pickles. The yummy flavors will blend beautifully!
  • Place Salt and Honey Mixture in the Pot. Place on medium heat until the ingredients dissolve. This will not take but a few minutes, the vinegar will help dissolve the salt and honey.
  • Place Mixture in the Refrigerator. Let the mixture cool off, it doesn't need to be cold, just not hot so it won't cook the onions.
  • Boil Water. The next two steps will assure that the onion will soften quickly while keeping a little crisp texture. Boil enough water to cover the onions.
  • Place Red Onions in a Bowl and Pour the Boiling Water to Cover. Let the water stand for only a minute to soften the onion. Immediately pour the content to a colander. Add ice on top to stop the cooking process and add cold water to cover the onions. You just want to soften the onion not cook it. You can stir the onion around to get the cold water throughout. This step should only take a couple of minutes.
  • Place Ingredients in a Glass Mason Jar. Place your onions and mixture and stir to dissolve. A good trick to get that lemon flavor we love is to twist the zest and place it in the jar. This will get the natural oils activated and the flavor will come out quicker. Use a pestle to gently mash the onions, dill and lemon zest to soften and speed the pickling process. Be gentle, just do it until the onions are below the line of the vinegar.
  • Pickling. Let the ingredients rest for about an hour. After the hour remove the lemon peel and dill and add fresh ones to store.
  • Serve your EXQUISITE Recipe and Enjoy! Refrigerate! Keep your mason jar in the refrigerator, make sure it is sealed. The pickling can be kept refrigerate for about 2 week. I like to replace any soft herbs to keep it fresh and enjoy it.

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