How to Pickle Onions

Find out how to pickle onions with Sarson's easy pickling recipe. Get inspired by our many mouth-watering recipes using vinegar.

Make this using Sarson’s Malt Vinegar.

Made with Kilner®


  • 600ml Sarsons Malt vinegar
  • 500g small pickling onions
  • 25g table salt
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2tsp mustard seeds
  • 1tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 bay leaves

How to make it

  1. Put the onions in a large bowl and tip over a kettle of boiling water. Leave for 20 seconds then pour into a colander, return to the bowl and pour over lots of very cold water. The skins should now peel off very easily.

  2. Once peeled, layer in a bowl and sprinkle each layer with salt. Cover and leave overnight or up to 24hrs.

  3. Meanwhile pour the vinegar and sugar into a large saucepan with the peppercorns, mustard seeds and bay leaves. Put the lid on the pan, bring to the boil then remove from the heat and set aside to allow the spices to infuse.

  4. The following day rinse the onions well and pat dry.

  5. Pack the onions into sterilised Kilner® Jars then use a jug to pour over the vinegar, including the mustard, peppercorns and bay, completely covering the onions. Seal and allow to mature for 6 weeks.

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