Pickled Red Onions A La Yucateca

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Pickled Red Onions a la Yucateca

Pickled Red Onions a la Yucateca

Cebollas Encurtidas Yucatecas

Recipe Yield

2 cups

Cooking time

40 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.17 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bitter orange juice or its substitute
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste
  • 1 large red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 banana pepper or jalapeño roasted, broiled, or charred

To Prepare

  • Place the bitter orange juice in a mixing bowl along with the black pepper, allspice and salt; mix well. Stir in the red onions and bay leaves.
  • Char or broil the pepper under the broiler, on the grill, on a hot comal, or in a dry skillet set over medium heat, turning once or twice, until the skin is lightly charred, 3 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the pepper, without removing the charred skin, to the onion mixture and toss well to combine. Marinate at room temperature 30 minutes to 2 hours, then store, covered, in the refrigerator.

Comments

62comments inPickled Red Onions a la Yucateca

  1. Teresa

    Apr 30

    Do you slice or chop the pepper or put it in whole?
    Love your show!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 30

      I add it whole Teresa, just for flavor, enjoy!

  2. Anonymous

    Mar 15

    I have been making this since I first saw it on T.V. , I don’t know how long ago !!!!!! Have shared it (& the recipe) with a lot of friends & family !! They all loved it . I use it on sooo many different recipes !!!!! THANK YOU , THANK YOU !!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 20

      And THANKS to you for spreading the love, yay!!!!!

  3. Lunn

    May 17

    Will the pickles last if canned like you can do regular pickles?

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 20

      These pickled onions last for a long time Lunn, I don’t now if forever like regular pickles but for a good amount of time 😉

  4. Beth

    May 10

    I made your pickled onions with the substitute bitter orange juice recipe that you provided and they were absolutely fantastic! I’ve tried a few others that required just vinegar, sugar, and some spices but nothing is even close to the Pickled Red Onions a la Yucateca. It is worth the effort to make the bitter orange substitute. I find myself putting these pickled onions on everything! or just eating them straight out of the jar. 😉 I would love to try the recipe with bitter orange but I have yet to find them up here in Alaska.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Thanks for the feedback Beth, glad to hear these onions are a favorite now!

  5. Nicole

    May 03

    Saw this on your show, Pati, and tried it the next day. (Along with the avocado crema!!) I think this is the new staple for my kitchen! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 03

      Thank you for trying these recipes Nicole, love you hear you liked them!

  6. Celeste

    May 11

    Once they have sat at room temp can you use them right away or should you wait 24 hours after refrigerating?

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 16

      Yes, you can start eating them after they have marinated for at least 30 minutes at room temp. Enjoy them, Celeste.

  7. Lori Love, Fairbanks Alaska

    Apr 17

    I made this for my family and used it for fish tacos and oh my goodness! It’s so delicious! I plan on keeping a jar at all times for everything :). I appreciate you so much, thank you for sharing all the food love you do! I make time to watch your show every time it’s on Create. Lots of hugs!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 18

      Oh I always have a jar in the fridge too, Lori. And thank YOU for tuning in!

  8. L J Q

    Mar 05

    absolutely Loved this recipe!!! very similar to my Abbeys. there are tons of version of this. sub ground cinnamon, nutmeg and clove for allspice. not to believed!! THANKS FOR REMINDING ME THIS EXISTS. ALSO GOOD WITH With quince

    1. Pati

      Mar 06

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Terrie DeFord KCMO

    Jan 20

    can you do this with whole pearl onions?

    1. Pati

      Jan 21

      Go for it, Terrie!

  10. Tina Talbot, Central Lake Public Schools mi.

    Oct 15

    I have used this recipe at home and loved it. Now not only am I making this for the school I work at but, I add cucumbers to it. A parent said they did not like cucumbers but, they were good in the recipe!!
    Hope you feel proud and happy Pati for using this in a school!
    Thank you

    1. Pati

      Oct 18

      Awesome! So happy to hear this, Tina!

  11. Yvonne

    Oct 15

    I want to make this recipe but I’m confused. You say you can keep it in the refrigerator for a month but the recipe for the substitute says good for a week?????

    1. Pati

      Nov 01

      Oh the pickled onions can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks, Yvonne. Hope you love them!

  12. Annabelle

    Aug 14

    Made 2 jars today soooo easy and tasty!

    1. Pati

      Aug 14

      Super, Annabelle! Enjoy your two jars.

  13. Seanae Perez

    Jul 29

    I thought Vietnamese pickles were the best but this is amazing ! It’s odd for me not to use any sugar but it’s definitely good without still. I love it , the smell, the colors, the taste!

    1. Pati

      Jul 30

      So glad you enjoy the pickled onions, Seanae!

  14. Kathy Siggins

    Apr 04

    Do you have any ideas on how to serve these on top of an appetizer? I was thinking of chopping up pieces of chicharones, putting them on a mini tostada, and then topping with the red onion. Appreciate your help.

    1. Pati

      Apr 06

      Oh so many options! They would be great on the tostadas you mentioned, and also guacamole, mini sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, eggs, and much more.

  15. Oscar Castillon

    Jun 16

    Do you leave the onions in the liquid after the 30 minutes or 2hours or do you throw away the liquid?

    1. Pati

      Jul 06

      Keep it in the liquid, it will keep getting better and better.

  16. Hermelindagomez

    May 22

    I made pickle red onions.It was very good.

    1. Pati

      May 22

      That’s fantastic…so happy you liked them!

  17. Priscilla Fuentes

    May 14

    can i pickle radishes, carrots or jalapenos with this recipe instead of using the red onions?

    1. Pati

      May 15

  18. Stephi

    May 12

    Ok I’ve seen you use this recipe a hundred times so I’m going first thing in the morning to make this and the chicken pibil sloppy Joe. I can’t wait since my mouth is watering now!

    Love the show and love when your boys help out! Such a sweet family <3

    1. Pati

      May 13

      Gracias, Stephi! I love it when my boys help out too…

  19. Patti C

    May 10

    Lived your show tonight.

    1. Pati

      May 11

      Thank you Patti!

  20. Hermelindagomez

    May 10

    Hi Pati,I watch for show and I finally got the recipe for pickled red onion I make it it’s so good and I love watching your show you have a lot of good recipes my husband is from Yucatan.

    1. Pati

      May 12

      Thank you so much for tuning in and for trying the recipes. I hope you and your husband enjoy them!

  21. Annette R.

    Apr 13

    Pati – this recipe sounds and looks sooo yummy all of our family loves onions so I will be making your recipe for Easter dinner to eat with carnitas soft tacos, can hardly wait. saw your Yucatan trip show tonight and you made me wish I could go there with my family, maybe some day. It will be on my bucket list. love all you recipes they are so different and easy will be trying more
    thanks Pati –
    Annette

    1. Pati

      Apr 21

      Thank you so much Annette! I hope you get to go to the Yucatan soon…

  22. Peggy

    Apr 12

    I saw your show for the first time tonight. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I will be sure to watch for more great recipes on future shows

    1. Pati

      Apr 21

      Peggy thank you for watching! Hope you enjoy this and many more recipes.

  23. Angie

    Apr 06

    Can you add carrots to this. I once had Pickled carrots and onions but I thought they used vinegar.

    1. Pati

      Apr 07

      Yes! And you can also try this recipe: https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/recipe/pickling_jalapenos/

  24. Susie Hermosillo

    Apr 04

    When I lived in Mexico I would make Cochinita Pibil for our friends and served it with pickled red onions. I like your recipe better. These are SO GOOD! I’ll be using your recipe for now on. Thanks Pati!

    1. Pati

      Apr 07

      Oh thank you so much Susie!

  25. Angi

    Mar 11

    How long can you keep these?

    1. Pati

      Mar 13

      Angi, you can keep them up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

  26. Linda

    Mar 10

    Are they hot with the pepper and or just spicy.

    1. Pati

      Mar 13

      No they aren’t too spicy! Just a pleasant hint of heat.

  27. Maureen M.

    Mar 10

    These are so good…I eat them like candy! I love your travels, your family and your recipes…thank you Pati!

    1. Pati

      Mar 13

      Thank you Maureen!

  28. Maureen

    Mar 10

    I love your show, your family, and your recipes…you make everything look so easy and delicious! Will try these soon! Yummy! Thank you Pati!

    1. Pati

      Mar 13

      ?

  29. Ann

    Mar 10

    What would be the substitute for bitter orange juice?

    1. Pati

      Mar 13

      Hi Ann, You can use a mix of citrus juices and vinegar: http://patijinich.com/pati_2020/recipe/bitter-orange-juice-substitute/

  30. Jason I

    Feb 17

    I had something similar to this in Costa Rica. I have struggled to recreate what I tasted while sitting on that small porch by the sea. This is not the same flavor profile, but I like it soooo much better!
    I followed your recipe to the letter and it is so delicious.

    Thanks Pati! ?

    1. Pati

      Feb 23

      So glad you liked it Jason…I hope you are eating them by the sea…that sounds amazing.

  31. Marie

    Feb 09

    Seriously I’ve made this twice and my daughter and I just sit around literally eating onions out of a jar. Just snacking ?

    1. Pati

      Feb 09

      They are a perfect snack…I’m so happy you and your daughter like them 🙂

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