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Quick Pickled White Onions Recipe – Cebula Marynowana

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A bowl of pickled white onions.
Pickled onions rings with lemon and dill

Pickled white onions are a quick and easy recipe. Unlike many of the pickled onion recipes, this recipe ensures that the onions remain crisp and delicious. The taste however is a mix of sweet and sour, just the way we like it. 

You will find that pickled white onions are a favorite in many of the Polish households. Most people love to pair them with herring. The sweet and sour taste complements the fatty texture of the fish so well. It is hands down one of the best combinations that you can use pickled white onions with.

Aside from herrings, you will find that many Poles will eat pickled white onions as a snack too. Others prefer to add it to their sandwiches or salads. The characteristic tangy taste is what adds a punch to any dish you add it to.

Since white onions are easily available and the dish is really quick to make, most Polish households will always keep replenishing their homemade stock. A few buy pickled white onions from the store. This recipe however is much better than the store bought version and easy enough that you will never want to buy the processed one again.

Quick Pickled White Onions Recipe – Cebula Marynowana

Part I – Peel And Cut Onions

Use 3 large white onions for this recipe. Peel the onions and then cut them into thin rings.

Thinly sliced onion rings
Thinly sliced onion rings.

Part II – Mix The Ingredients Together In A Pot And Boil

Add 1 ½ cup of water, ½ cup of vinegar, 1 tsp of salt, ½ tsp of sugar, 3 bay leaves, 6 allspice berries and 15 black pepper balls into a pot. Stir and let the mixture come to a boil.

Mix all the ingredients in a pot.
Mix all the ingredients in a pot.

Part III – Cook For 5 Minutes And Then Add The Onion

Let the mixture boil for approximately 5 minutes. Add the onion and turn off the heat immediately. It is important to turn off the heat immediately because it lets the crunchiness of the onion remain.

Part IV – Leave The Onion In The Hot Mixture For 3-4 Minutes

Make sure to leave the onion in the hot mixture for 3-4 minutes. This is when the onion will absorb the flavor from the mixture. Once this is done, drain the onions. Make sure not to throw away the mixture because we will use it at a later stage in the recipe.

Leave the onions in the hot mixture.
Leave the onions in the hot mixture.

Part V – Rinse The Onion In Cold Water

Now rinse the onion rings in cold water. This step ensures that the crispiness of the onions remains. 

Part VI – Strain The Vinegar Mixture And Allow To Cool

Part VII – Cover The Onion With Vinegar Mixture

After everything has cooled, place the onions in a jar and cover them with the strained vinegar mixture. Keep it in the fridge. It can be kept refrigerated for up to 10 days.

Pickled white onions taste amazing with herring.
Pickled white onions taste amazing with herring.

FAQ About Pickled White Onions

Are Pickled White Onions Good For You?

Pickled white onions can be a good addition to a healthy diet. There is however something that you should consider. The pickling process uses alt of salt. If you are on a salt restricted diet, you may want to be careful about how much you consume.

What Does Vinegar Do To The Onions?

Vinegar has an interesting effect on the onions. It softens the onions. That is why in this recipe we rinse the onions initially to keep the crispness intact. It also removes the harsh sulfurous compounds that onions have. This gives the onions a tangy flavor.

How Long Do Pickled White Onions Last?

When refrigerated, pickled white onions last up to 10 days. If you don’t intend to place them in the fridge then make sure to consume them immediately.

What Other Pickle Recipes Can Be Made At Home?

There are loads of other great pickle recipes that we have covered. Here are some that you should check out if you are a fan of pickles.

Pickled mushrooms

Polish 3 day pickles

Polish dill pickle

Yield: 4 servings

Quick Pickled White Onions Recipe - Cebula Marynowana

A bowl of pickled white onions.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 3 large onions
  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup of vinegar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 15 black pepper balls


  1. Peel the onions and cut them into thin rings.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes, add onion and turn off the heat.
  4. Leave the onion in the hot mixture for 3-4 minutes, then drain it (don't pour away the mixture!).
  5. Rinse the onion with cold water to make sure it remains crispy.
  6. Strain the vinegar mixture and allow it to cool.
  7. When everything is cold, cover the onion with vinegar mixture and keep it like that in the fridge (for up to 10 days).

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 593mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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