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Cucumber Tsukudani (Japanese Simmered Cucumbers) | きゅうりの佃煮

Crunchy slices of cucumber simmered in a sweet and savory sauce. A delicious 7 ingredient side dish to accompany a bowl of steamed rice. Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and so simple to make!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese


  • 6 Persian or Japanese cucumbers
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ginger minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce use tamari for gluten-free
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • a few pinches of red pepper flakes optional for a spicy kick


  • Rinse and dry cucumbers. Slice into ¼" thick pieces and place in a large bowl.
  • Add salt to the bowl and toss the cucumbers with the salt until evenly distributed. Let the cucumbers rest for at least 10 minutes to allow the salt to pull water out of the cucumbers. Drain the excess water.
  • Place cucumber slices and remaining ingredients in a large pot over medium low heat. Stir frequently and simmer until all the liquid has evaporated.
  • Transfer the finished tsukudani to an airtight container and let cool at room temperature, then store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy it cold from the fridge with steamed rice!


*Recipe adapted from kurashiru.