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Quick Kimchi Cucumbers

These Quick Kimchi Cucumbers will easily become one of your favorite healthy recipes. The combination of salty + spicy is addicting! 

2018. Happy New Year, everyone! I’m starting off this new year feeling very inspired. I recently bought a new camera, enrolled in a new photography course, and am looking forward to creating more new recipes for all of you.

Hopefully healthier recipes – at least for the next few months. 😉  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to detox from all the sugar and carbs from over the holidays (ooohhh man, I was so bad you guys)!

Quick Kimchi Cucumbers Recipe

This Quick Kimchi Cucumbers recipe is one I’ve been making for a few months now. My husband and I love it (it’s a bit too spicy for my girls). We normally eat it as a snack, or along with a meal as a side dish. It has all of the classic flavors of kimchi, without taking days or months to make.

What does kimchi taste like? It’s incredible, you guys! Spicy, salty, garlicy, gingery…. it’s actually hard for me to describe. It’s just plain awesome!

To make the Quick Kimchi Cucumbers, I start by tossing half-moon cucumber slices with salt. The salt draws the liquid from the cucumbers, making them crisp.

Quick Kimchi Cucumbers Recipe

Quick Kimchi Cucumbers Recipe

Once the cucumbers have sat for at least 30 minutes in the salt, I drain them and mix in the remaining ingredients. You can either eat the cucumbers immediately, or refrigerate to allow the flavors to marry. I generally can’t help myself, I always eat a little bit immediately, then save the rest for later.

All my love to you and your families. Happy New Year!
Megan

Try my Kimchi Me Crazy recipe (CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE):

Gluten-Free, Paleo & GAPS Friendly Kimchi Recipe from Allergy Free Alaska

Quick Kimchi Cucumbers Recipe

Quick Kimchi Cucumbers Recipe

Quick Kimchi Cucumbers

Yield: about 2 cups
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These Quick Kimchi Cucumbers will easily become one of your favorite healthy recipes. The combination of salty + spicy is addicting!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the cucumber slices in a medium to large sized colander and toss with the sea salt. Place a plate under the colander and let sit for 30 minutes. The salt will start to draw the moisture out of the cucumber slices, and will help make them crisp.
  2. Shake the excess liquid from the cucumbers into the sink, and then place the cucumber into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Add the Korean Red Pepper, garlic, ginger, lite rice vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, and green onion. Mix well.
  4. Garnish with black & white sesame seeds. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

One and a half (1 1/2) English cucumbers are needed for this recipe.


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Connie

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Alllergic to fish sauce, what to substitute?

Mēgan

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Hi Connie, that's a tough question! Fish sauce has such a specific umami flavor, I'm not sure there's anything else that can really replicate it? You could omit it, and maybe increase the salt if needed?

SusanM in AK

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

oh my goodness these look delicious, I'm buying some english cucumbers tonight no matter how much they cost, I need these spicy green veggies! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Megan

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

Hahaha!!! Oh Susan. Good old Alaska and it's English cucumber prices, right? I hope you enjoy these! :)

Candace

Sunday 7th of January 2018

Is the Korean Red Pepper a paste?

Megan

Monday 8th of January 2018

Great question, Candace!! The Korean Red Pepper that I use in this recipe is NOT a paste. It's just a loose powder. Normally, gochujang, Korean Red Pepper Paste, includes corn syrup and other allergen containing ingredients. While Korean Red Pepper Powder is "cleaner," because that's all it is - red pepper powder.

K P

Saturday 6th of January 2018

Hello Megan thanks I love cucumbers I try your kimchi recipe

Megan

Monday 8th of January 2018

Thanks, KP! I hope you love it!

Abeer

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

I love this idea! Looks great!

Megan

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

Thank you so much, Abeer!