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Portuguese pickled onions (cebolas cortidas) are one of the most unique Portuguese foods, you can enjoy them as a snack or as a side dish with your favorite meals.
Preparation time:
15 min
Cooking Time:
20 min
Ready In:
35 min
Level of Difficulty:

Portuguese Pickled Onions Recipe - Portuguese Recipes

Portuguese Pickled Onions Recipe

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Posted in: Side Recipes
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
4 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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20 (smaller) onions2 cups of wine vinegar2 cups of water2 tablespoons of salt1/5 cup of olive oil2 cloves of garlic3 bay leaves1 tablespoon of mustard seeds1 tablespoon of oregano1 tablespoon black pepper (whole, without grinding)1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes1 big jar with a lid * Get Portuguese ingredients & stuff Get Portuguese ingredients and other stuff at Amazon.com


  1. Peel all the onions and rinse them well.
  2. In a saucepan, prepare the seasoning. Boil all ingredients (vinegar, water, olive oil, salt, garlic, bay leaves and spices) together.
  3. Heat the jar in hot water.
  4. Place onions in the jar and add the boiling seasoning over the onions.
  5. Let it cool slightly and close the lid.
  6. Store in the refrigerator for at least 3 weeks.
  7. The longer you let the onions preserve, the better the onions will taste.
Adapted from a recipe by easyportugueserecipes.com
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Carolyn Cook
Carolyn Cook - 1 Month ago
The boiled liquid didn't cover the onions in the bottle. I added 1 cup vinegar and 2 cups water.


It is supposed to be 2 cups vinegar and 2 cups water Carolyn.

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s pereira
s pereira - 5 Months ago
dont you have to heat the jar so the boiling water mix does not vrack it

Yes, excellent point, I will update the recipe.
5 Months ago (+0) (-0)

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