Zesty Red Onion Jelly

This amazing jelly is wonderful on crackers with brie or cream cheese!

Zesty Red Onion Jelly

A house specialty designed especially for an Ottawa newspaper. For jelly with a lovely pink hue, make the jelly in August when the red onions are fresh.
Course Preserves
Cuisine American
Keyword Jelly, Red Onion
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 x 250ml jars
Author Steve Cylka


  • 2 cup diced red onion , finely minced
  • 4 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 pouches (85 ml [3 fl oz]) liquid Certo (pectin)


  • Add onion, lemon zest, vinegar and sugar to a large pot. Heat to boiling and continue to boil for another 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add pectin and continue cooking at a rolling boil for another 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Skim any foam which accumulates at the top. Remove from stove element. Add food coloring, if using.
  • While the jelly is still hot, ladle it into hot jars, leaving a 1/4 inch headspace. Screw on lids and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.


to get the colour of the jelly to be a nice vibrant pink take the red onion skin and place it in a bowl with the vinegar. cook in the microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and let the vinegar cool to room temperature. Remove the onion skin and you will find that the natural dye of the onion skin and beautifully coloured the vinegar.

Source – Bernardin

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. I made this last summer – 8.5 months pregnant, on a 32 degree day, in my sweltering hot house with just 1 sad little window AC unit.
    THAT’S how good this is!!! 🙂
    Thanks for the reminder – I will be making it again this year! 🙂

  2. Have you ever tried adding garlic to this recipe?

    • I have not tried garlic in this recipe. Not sure how the garlic and lemon zest would work together. I have made a jelly with onion and garlic. It was out of this world! Amazing on crackers with cream cheese.

  3. Do you have a link to the recipe?


    • unfortunately I do not. I made it before I had this food blog. It was really good and now you have me thinking I am going to have to find that recipe I had and make it again to post it. If I do, I will let you know.

  4. Brenda Theriault-Brinton

    Have you found that recipe for the onion and garlic jelly yet. Sounds really good. Love to try that.

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