Condiments/ Preserving & Canning/ Recipe

Quick Pickled Grilling Onions

Happy Monday Sugar Pops!
How are you doing this fine B.C. Day holiday Monday? Can you believe I had no idea it was a holiday weekend up until 2 days ago?? Here I was all pouty about having to go back to work so soon after the weekend and then bam! Oh wait, no I don’t. One more day of lazing about, bourbon in one hand, this book in the other and the sun shining down on my slightly-already-charred, err, nicely tanned bare shoulders. Does life get any better than this? I think not.
Well, maybe not. But hopefully so because as of September 1st, this is where I’ll be living!:
new houseThat’s right, kiddies! For the past week I’ve been in Toronto looking for a place to call my own and I found one! It’s a great 1 bedroom place right in the Danforth Village – hello patios, ethical butchers, never-ending cute dress shops, and who knows what else because I don’t! I don’t and I am so fucking excited for a new adventure. Despite the fact that everyone in “T Dot” made fun of me for moving from the West coast out East, I think it’s gonna be good, my friends. Very good indeed. 
Other things that are good? Quick pickled onions. 
After my trip to Toronto (read: many, many dinner in new fancy restaurants) I was inspired by a few of the dishes I saw there. Thus, the next couple posts or so are my attempts at recreating some of these meals – because I just gotta have ’em! 
…Not that I ate a meal of pickled onions. But pickled leeks were an ingredient in one of the salads I had – comin’ at ya on Friday. And since I didn’t have leeks on hand but I did have grilling onions courtesy of my CSA, that’s what I used.
Note: Grilling onions are pretty much the same as regular onions only they are picked sooner than regular onions, leaving their flavor and texture much milder than a normal onion. Kind of like leeks. If your farmer’s market or CSA don’t have grilling onions, I’m sure you could use any other kind of onion you like – just make sure you slice them very thin – a mandolin set to the thinnest setting works well. See here.

Quick Pickled Grilling Onions

Yield 1 jar


  • 2 Medium Sized Grilling Onions, peeled & very thinly sliced (approx 1/4").
  • 1 C Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • 2 Tbsp Organic Cane Sugar.
  • 2 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt.


  1. Heat the vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until sugar and salt dissolve and mixture comes to a boil.
  2. Add the onions, stir well and pour into a clean jar.
  3. Let sit at room temperature for about an hour and then refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Serve on top of burgers, in salads, with anti-pasti platters, or whatever else your little heart desires.
  5. Will keep in fridge up to two weeks.
  6. Eat.


  • Kristina @ spabettie
    August 6, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Mmm, I love pickled ANYTHING.

    yeee, congrats on the new house – it looks lovely!

    • Kristy Lynn
      August 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      thank you Kristina! i too enjoy pickled foods – maybe we should be pickle buddies?

  • Rituparna
    August 7, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Oh! I love that little island in the kitchen. So useful.
    Those pickled onions look delicious.

    • Kristy Lynn
      August 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Those were exactly my thoughts Rituparna!

  • elsa
    August 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    You are going to love TO, especially the Danforth, its a very trendy place, did you notice the 24 hour fruit markets? I used to frequent that area until I moved out to the country, now I’m about an hour away. It looks like you found a great place, congrats.

    • Kristy Lynn
      August 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      i did not notice the 24 hour fruit markets but that sure as heck does make me excited! I did notice however the ethical butcher down the street from me 🙂 so happy!!

  • Sam
    August 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    I am so jealous of that kitchen…we’re pretty sure ours used to be a closet… And I LOVE pickled onions.

    • Kristy Lynn
      August 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      oh dear. i guess at least you have a kitchen? ….i looked at some pretty strange apartments in toronto and one did not have a kitchen. like, wtf?

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    August 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Sounds like a great adventure ahead! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Kristy Lynn
      August 9, 2012 at 7:43 AM

      me too! haha – thank you!

  • shutupandcook
    August 8, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Please tell me you went to Kensington Market….tell me!

    • Kristy Lynn
      August 9, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      No but i did see signs! there really wasn’t time for much other than eating, sleeping and apartment hunting but i promise to make that a priority come the actual move – only 22 more sleeps!

  • Aunt B
    August 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    These would be a wonderful condiment for so many dishes. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Kristy Lynn
      August 10, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      thanks Aunt B! they’re potent but work really well in small doses for a variety of meals.

  • Laura @ Laura Williams Musings
    August 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    The onions sound divine! Love your new digs too. Thank you for linking up at Carnival of Home Preserving!

    • Kristy Lynn
      August 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Thanks Laura! nice to see you!

  • Penniless Parenting
    August 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    I love pickled onions!

  • Cindy
    August 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Super quick and amazing! It would jazz up any burger at my place! My name is Cindy and I blog over at I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week’s link up here:
    Thanks, Cindy

    • Kristy Lynn
      August 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      Hey Cindy! I’ll swing by for sure – thank you for the invite!