In a pickle: Pickled Onions

I’ve discovered a new store cupboard ingredient. One of those useful things to have when you need something  to brighten up a dish and when you’ve run out of fresh ingredients. You might be surprised when I tell you it’s pickled onions, or pickled shallots.

Garner's Pickled Onions

Garner’s Pickled Onions

I was inspired to try this out when Garners sent a pork recipe through using picked onions. Well, I figured, pork and chutney go well, so why shouldn’t pork and pickled onions?

I prepared a dish of pork mince with indian flavours and pickled onions. The paring is a real revelation. Adding picked onions to a dish adds a sweetness and a rather delightful crunch.  I experimented with soup and again, this proved very moreish.

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Pork & Pickled Onions Recipe

Pork & Pickled Onions Recipe

Pork and Pickled Onions


400 gr pork mince
100 gr Garners pickled onions, sliced
200 gr spinach chopped
1/2 chili (or more depending on how hot you like it)
1 garlic clove, crushed or minced
piece of fresh ginger (approx 2 cm) crushed or minced
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper

Olive oil or coconut oil


Heat the oil and lightly toast the cumin seeds.
Add the sliced onion, cook for a few minutes, then add the chili, garlic, ginger and turmeric. Cook until softened.
Add the mince and cook gently until it is cooked through. Check for seasoning.
Add the spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted.
Check the seasoning once more and serve!

If you’d like some more recipes, check some video recipes from Nigel Barden . You might recognise his voice – he’s the resident chef on Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 programme.

Garner's Original Pickled Onions

Garner’s Original Pickled Onions

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Danielle founded Edinburgh Foody in 2010. Having qualified as a professional bread baker in France in 2014, she is now on a new adventure in Gloucestershire. Check out Look out for occasional posts for Edinburgh Foody

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