Pickled Spring Onions

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Jarred, canned, pickled, and preserved.

Pickled Spring Onions

These pickled spring onions can play a number of roles. Dolloped on top of a burger, a basic cookout becomes quite gourmet. Need to bring an appetizer to a party? Toast baguette rounds, add a smear of creamy goat cheese and top with a bit of pickled onion. A bowl of baby arugula becomes a salad with a forkful of pickled onions and a drizzle of olive oil.

About the author: Marisa McClellan is a food writer, canning teacher, and dedicated pickler who lives in Center City Philadelphia. Find more of her jams, pickles and preserves (all cooked up in her 80-square-foot kitchen) at her blog, Food in Jars. Her first book, also called Food in Jars, is now available.

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  • Yield:makes 1 pint
  • Active time: 30 minutes
  • Total time:48 hours


  • 1 bunch spring onions (approximately 1/2 pound once trimmed and cleaned)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes


  1. 1.

    Prepare a small boiling water bath canner and one pint jar.

  2. 2.

    Wash and thinly slice trimmed spring onions into thin rounds. In a small pot, combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, celery salt and red chili flakes. Bring to a boil. Once brine is simmering, add onions. Stir to combine and cook until onions are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. 3.

    Remove pot from heat and funnel onions into prepared pint jar. Wipe rim, apply lid and ring, and process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes. When time is up, remove jar from canner and let it cool. Check to ensure a good seal once jar is cool.

  4. 4.

    Let pickles rest at least two days before using. Unopened, this pickle will keep for up to one year in a cool, dark place. Once opened, keep refrigerated and use within 2-3 weeks.