Yucatán Food Recipes: Cebollas Curtidas

These pickled onions accompany many traditional Yucatécan dishes and are a staple at Hacienda Petac’s table. Delicious with rice and bean dishes, alongside more complete meals like pescado en tikin-xic or even on a sandwich, the bright flavor of these onions will make you reminisce each time of the luxurious meals we create here at the Hacienda.

- These pickled red onions enhance almost any Yucatecan dish.


2 red onions thinly sliced (julienned)

boiling water

juice of 2 limes

salt (to taste)



1. Place sliced onion in a heat resistant bowl.

2. Pour boiling water over onion, just enough to cover.

3. Let soften for no more than 5 minutes.

4. Drain completely.

5. Mix juice of lime evenly into onion.

6. Add a pinch of salt.


Let stand for at least an hour before serving, but the longer the better.



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