The unique citrus-like notes of Mexican oregano and slightly peppery flavor of cumin elevate this recipe's pickling liquid, making for an ultra-flavorful end result that's perfect for garnishing tacos, cochinita pibil or seafood. Paired with garlic, peppercorns and cider vinegar, the two spices add an interesting depth of flavor.

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 240 min

Total time: 245 min

Yucatan-Style Pickled Red Onions
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 1-3/4 cups


  1. Heat oil over medium high-heat in large skillet. When shimmering, add onion, toss to combine and immediately remove from heat.

  2. Transfer onions to jar, along with salt, cumin seeds, Mexican oregano, peppercorns, garlic, vinegar and water.

  3. Seal jar and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before using.