Pickled Shallots with Lime are incredibly easy to make, and are an amazingly delicious condiment. The addition of these tangy, tasty shallots will enhance sandwiches, stir-fries, pizzas, and the list goes on!
My husband is a producer/editor for TV.
Sometimes he produces and edits shows about relationships. Sometimes his work is car or beer commercials, and sometimes it's really bad (and by really bad, I mean really good) reality TV, but his current project is a show about pizza restaurants in Brooklyn.
I hear snippets here and there about how each restaurant makes their "pies," and the ingredients they pride themselves on. I was immediately inspired upon hearing that one of these pizza joints' most prized toppings is red onions pickled in lime juice. Yum!
I changed it up a bit and marinated shallots in lime juice, and I took the marinating time about a week further.
How to Make Pickled Shallots with Lime Juic
It's so easy, you'll be doing it all the time!
- Add thinly sliced shallots to a jar and pour lime juice over them.
- Let the shallots marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to a week.
What does the lime juice do to the onions?
The acidity of the citrus adds a tangy flavor, takes the bite out of the onion, softens them a bit, and creates a pretty, pinkish hue.
How to Use Pickled Shallots
They are delicious in salads and sandwiches and on pizzas. They will kick anything up a notch they're added to. In the best, most delicious way possible! Imagine how over the top guacamole would be if you added a few of these!?
- These can be "quick pickled" in 30 minutes -- however, the longer they marinate in the lime juice, the more intense the flavor will be.
What can you substitute for shallots?
I love shallots, but lime pickled onions of almost any sort are great. Below I used red onions which are my first choice after shallots (below).
Recipes to add lime pickled onions to:
And here's another great recipe: Roasted Broccoli with Pickled Shallots and Peanuts.
Squeeze your limes and slice your shallots today, and they'll be perfect in a few days.
Pickled Shallots with Lime
- 2 cups shallots, thinly sliced
- about 1 dozen limes, juiced
- Add the listed amount, or as many sliced shallots as you'd like, to a jar and pour in the lime juice. Use enough to cover them by at least ¼ inch.
- Let the shallots marinate for at least 30 minutes, and up to a week.
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I am constantly wondering how the chefs on "top chef" are pickling things so quick. Now I know their secret.
Would you consider pickled shallots a condiment?
Paul -- YES!!! I'm now reminded of you and condiments! 😉 love it!
My mom would always make onions marinated in lemon to eat with our mole. I've recently seen them at taco stands with habanero thrown in the mix. I love your shallots idea and I will be making them soon. Thank you Valentina.
Blanca, thank you! And now I'm craving mole! 🙂
I did this several times, but never with lime. I am going to do this too. Thanks for the inspiration!
I think you will love it, Angie! Thanks! 🙂 ~Valentina
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
Love pickled food, especially pickled red onion, but haven't tried with shallots yet. Love the addition of lime here. Bet this would be awesome as a garnish for tacos!
Yes Dawn, they'd be fantastic on tacos. I must try that ASAP. Thanks so much. 🙂 ~Valentina
These do sound tasty. And what a fabulous color!
Thank you, Frank. The color is fun, isn't it!? 🙂 ~Valentina
John / Kitchen Riffs
I've made pickled red onions, but never thought of shallots. What a brilliant idea! Love the color, and I'm sure the flavor is terrific. Thanks!
Lola Osinkolu | Chef Lola's Kitchen
Pickles are a must on my table! Thanks for this one!
I hope you love them! Thanks! 🙂 ~Valentina
Jeff the Chef @ Make It Like a Man!
You are really cleaning up on the comdiments! These shallots are such a gorgeous shade of pink. I wonder how lime does that to them? My husband is also in television, but sports TV ... so it's rare that his work conversations ever turn to shallots. 😉
Ha! That's funny. Well, if not shallots, some other delicious foods will surely come up some day. 😉 Thanks and enjoy! 🙂 ~Valentina
Printing this one to make; already hooked !
Thanks, Davorka! I hope you love it. 🙂 ~Valentina
Kelly | Foodtasia
These are so awesome, Valentina! They would definitely add a burst of flavor. I'd love to have them in sandwiches!
So good in sandwiches. Thank you, Kelly! 🙂 ~Valentina
Hi, I have done onions in vinegar, but during lime season will try this.
Does this have to be kept in the fridge? And how long does it keep, assuming it does not get eaten!
Hi Peter. Thanks for writing in. Yes, it should be kept refrigerated, and should last up to a month or so. It's so delicious in sandwiches, on tacos, thrown into salads, etc. Enjoy! 🙂 ~Valentina