Spicy Asian Marinated Cucumbers

Learn how to make perfectly crunchy, salty, and spicy marinated cucumbers with this simple recipe. Just 7 ingredients and 15 minutes!

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These cucumbers are my new favorite side dish/snack/salad addition. They’re reminiscent of spicy Korean cucumber salad — slightly spicy, garlicky, salty, and perfectly crunchy. The marinade also doubles as a dressing when you’ve eaten all the cucumbers, so nothing is wasted! (Radishes are also great for marinating, as you can see in the photos.)

What’s in it?

These spicy marinated cucumbers require just 7 simple ingredients:

  • cucumbers (I prefer Japanese or Persian cucumbers, but English works as well)
  • gochugaru (Korean red pepper)
  • soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • lemon juice or rice vinegar
  • sesame oil
  • garlic
  • maple syrup (my preferred sweetener, but sugar works as well)

Tips & Tricks

  • Thinly slice the cucumbers about 1/8″ thick. If they are too thick the marinade won’t soak up as well. If they are too thin, they’ll get too soggy and won’t be crisp.
  • Opt for seedless cucumbers (not pictured) such as Persian or Japanese if available. English cucumbers still turn out delicious, but due to their seeds they are more watery and don’t get crisp in the center.
  • Feel free to try adding in different veggies, such as radishes, onions, celery, bell pepper, etc. Think about hard, crunchy veggies.

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Spicy Asian Marinated Cucumbers

Learn how to make perfectly crunchy, salty, and spicy marinated cucumbers with this simple recipe. Just 7 ingredients and 15 minutes!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Vegan
Keyword: asian food, cucumber, gluten-free, side, spicy, vegan
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber or 2 small cucumbers
  • 1 tsp gochugaru (Korean red pepper)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice or rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  • Thinly slice cucumbers 1/8" thick. Add to a clean mason jar.
  • Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over cucumbers. Cover jar and place in fridge. Let the cucumbers marinate at least 10 minutes before eating (the longer the better).
  • Once all the cucumbers have been eaten, the leftover marinade can be used as a dressing.

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