Crunchy, tangy and full of flavor, these pickled green onions are sure to become your next favorite condiment!
A few minutes and some pantry staples is all you’ll need to whip them up, and you can team up with your favorite Mexican and Asian foods.
They’re super versatile, come together in under 20 minutes, and are a great way to use up some of those fresh greens you just got your hands on.
Pickled foods have recently become my obsession.
I’ve actually tried my hands at quite a few Mexican pickled foods in specific- my Mexican pickled vegetables and Mexican pickled carrots were both big hits.
And when I saw a bunch of fresh scallions on my last supermarket run, I knew I had to try pickling them too!
- What's So Great About the Recipe?
- Ingredients For the Pickled Green Onions Recipe
- How to Make Pickled Green Onions
- Substitutions & Variations
- 💭Top Tip
- How to Store the Pickled Scallions
- Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
- How to Serve Pickled Green Onions
- Related Recipes
- Pickled Green Onions
- Food Safety
What's So Great About the Recipe?
My favorite part about this pickled scallions recipe and most other refrigerator pickle recipes for that matter, is the fact that they need very little kitchen time as opposed to traditional pickles that do need a lot of time and effort.
Ingredients For the Pickled Green Onions Recipe
You’ll need just a handful of simple ingredients to make the quick pickled green onions.
Green onions: You’ll need fresh green onions aka spring onions to begin with. Choose ones that are firm, crisp and bright for best results.
Aromatics: To lend the pickled scallions some delicious earthy and umami flavor, I added some ginger and garlic.
Vinegar: Vinegar will be the base for the pickling liquid. I used the classic white vinegar for this recipe.
Dill: To lend a bit of freshness and some texture, I also added some dried dill into the mix.
Sugar and salt: And of course, a bit of sugar and salt to balance out all the other flavors, and also to help preserve the green onions.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Pickled Green Onions
Ready to make the quick pickled scallions? Here’s what you’ll need to do.
Start by chopping the green onions into long sticks.
Thinly slice the ginger and garlic.
Prepare the brine by combining vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
Pack the rest of the ingredients in a pint jar.
Pour the brine over the onions and aromatics, put the lid on and set aside for a few hours.
Refrigerate for 24 hours or more before you serve.
Substitutions & Variations
- I used white vinegar for the brine, but you could also experiment and try using apple cider vinegar for a bit of a crisp flavor.
- To bring a bit of a fun element into the pickled green onions, you could also add some mustard seeds into the mix.
- I also like to add some crushed red pepper into the brine ingredients sometimes to bring a bit of heat into the pickle.
If you want these pickled green onions to last longer, you can just use a water bath canner and get cracking!
How to Store the Pickled Scallions
Just like with most other refrigerator pickles, the best way to store these pickled green onions is to transfer them to a pickling jar, allow them to get to room temperature and then refrigerate them.
Most pickled vegetables can stay fresh this way for at least 2 weeks, or even up to a month.
Remember that quick pickles are like a short-cut to the canning process. They last only for a few weeks, so keep them in mind when you’re planning on making a batch.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
- Depending on your personal preference, you can choose to pickle the green onions whole, chop them up into sticks like I did, or even chop them finely if you’re planning on using them as a topping for your tacos or other foods.
- You can also trim the green portion off and use them to make pickled scallions, leaving the white bulb aside for other recipes.
- If you’re concerned about the high sodium levels, you can cut down on the amount of salt you’re using.
- Remember to pop the jar with the pickled scallions in the refrigerator and allow it to soak up all the delicious flavors and become slightly tender.
- Heat the vinegar and water mixture over medium heat until you get it up to a boil.
- Also make sure you keep stirring to dissolve all the sugar and salt in the vinegar.
- Make sure you pour brine into the jar while it is still not, but not boiling hot.
How to Serve Pickled Green Onions
These crispy and tangy pickled green onions make for the perfect topping for all your favorite Mexican foods.
You can also slice them up into larger chunks and use them as a crunchy addition to your sandwiches, burritos and wraps.
The big, bold flavors of these pickled onions make them a splendid topping for your salads like a simple Mexican broccoli salad or a watermelon and Tajin salad, or even on a simple bowl of soup (like my cucumber gazpacho).
In fact, these pickled onions also taste incredible on top of a burger!
To make some more of the brine and to ensure that all the green onions are completely covered and submerged in the jar, you can add some water to the vinegar mixture and bring it to a boil before using it.
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
Pickled Green Onions
- 5-7 green onions
- 2-3 garlic
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- Start by chopping the green onions into long sticks.
- Thinly slice the ginger and garlic.
- Prepare the brine by combining vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Pack the rest of the ingredients in a pint jar.
- Pour the brine over the onions and aromatics, put the lid on and set aside for a few hours.
- Refrigerate for 24 hours or more before you serve.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove