Quick Pickled Green Onions

Tangy and sweet Quick Pickled Green Onions add a burst of flavor to so many dishes, and are even great straight up as a snack!

Veggies First Then Dessert: Quick Pickled Green Onions

I love fresh green onions, they are delicious chopped up in salads, scrambled eggs or omelets, potato salad, soups, stir-fry's and more. But sometimes I just can't eat a whole package of them before they start to go bad, or I buy way to many from the Amish farms in my area. That's when I pull out this super easy recipe and pickle them!

Pickled green onions? Some of you are probably thinking, "Who in the world eats pickled green onions"? The answer: You will once you try them! Green onions are amazing when they are pickled.

What Is Quick Pickling?

Quick Pickling, or refrigerator pickling, or refrigerator pickles as they're sometimes called, is the perfect way to enjoy that tangy, briny deliciousness of "pickles", without going through the long, drawn-out canning process.

Veggies First Then Dessert: Green Onions

I like to keep them on hand for any meal that needs that little extra something. Vegetarians, like me, and meat-lovers, like my husband, will both love them. From stir-fried vegetables and salads, to burgers and tacos, these pickled green onions turn the same-old-thing, into something new, fresh, and delicious. I love eating them as is, straight out of the jar for a snack too.

You Wont Believe How Easy They Are To Make.

Simply stir together the first four ingredients, bring them to a quick boil, cut the green onions down to size, add them to a pint size jar with the two seasonings listed, then pour the warm vinegar mixture into the jar.  That's it, it usually takes me all of 20 minutes, from start to finish, to make a jar of them.

The hardest part is trying to wait the 48 hours needed, for them to marinate in the refrigerator! You can start eating them after 24 hours, but the flavor is even better if you wait the full 48 hours.

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Printable recipe

Quick Pickled Green Onions


3/4 cup white distilled vinegar
3/4 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 pound green onions
1 clove garlic, diced 
1/2 teaspoon dried dill


Wash 1 wide-mouth pint jar, lid, and ring in warm, soapy water and rinse well. Set aside to dry.
Place the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Remove from heat and set aside.
Rinse green onions, then trim off the root ends, and cut the tops off where they begin to "fork" and start turning darker green. (You may need to cut them down a little shorter then that, in order for them to fit in the jar.)
Place the garlic and dill in the clean, dry jar, then the green onions vertically, making sure there is a 1/2 inch space from the rim of the jar to the tops of the green onions. Pack them in tightly, without smashing. 
Pour warm vinegar mixture over onions in the jar.
Place lid and ring on jar and screw on snugly. Let the jars cool to room temperature, then store in the refrigerator.
The pickled onions will improve with flavor as they age - try to wait at least 48 hours before enjoying them.

Makes 1 pint

Veggies First Then Dessert - Green Onions

  • Storage: These pickled onions are not canned, and should be stored in the refrigerator. They will last up to 1 month.
  • I don’t recommend making these pickles without the sugar, it adds a nice balance to the flavors. They’re quite vinegary and strong without it. 
  • Do not use iodized salt in this recipe, or any pickling recipe. Iodized salt can cause pickled products to turn a dark color.

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  1. I love adding pickled veggies to my cheese or charcuterie platters. I often have everything I need for this recipe right at my fingertips.

    1. I love the simplicity of this recipe, it makes it so easy to whip up a batch whenever needed.

  2. DO you know I've never thought to pickle green onions before? Such a great idea!

    1. It's one of my favorite ways to enjoy them.

  3. Okay I have 2 bunches for my CSAs. Making this today!

  4. My husband loves green onions, but I have not pickled them- these look yummy!

  5. I have pickled many things, but never thought about green onions. These would be delicious in so many ways!

    1. I haven't pickled much more than green onions so far, but that is getting ready to change, what with all the fresh garden produce coming in now.

  6. I've never pickled green onions. These sound interesting. I'm going to have to try them.


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