Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad. A crispy, refreshing and spicy cucumber salad. Seasoned with soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, green onions, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and chili oil. Perfect as a side dish.
When I was younger, cucumber was my favourite vegetable and maybe to this date! It’s crispy, crunchy and super hydrating. I love the subtle taste of this water packed vegetable and how it can easily be dressed up to be elevated in taste.
I love this Asian cucumber dish because it’s super easy to make! If you have an Asian pantry, you’ll have most of the ingredients to make this and most of the ingredients are accessible. This sweet and spicy asian cucumber salad recipe is great served with any entrée of your choice like a tasty protein with some rice or noodles.
Easy Spicy Cucumber Salad
My Asian cucumbers recipe is so simple and swift! The only part that takes time, which is optional by the way, is making thin slices into both sides of the cucumber but again OPTIONAL! You can just quickly slice up your cucumbers as you normally would, soak them in salt then rinse with cold water a few times. Then premix your sauce, pour over top and gently mix. That it’s!
Can I slice the cucumbers thinly without the spiral?
Yes! Feel free to do that for this Asian spicy cucumber recipe. I just wanted to share a fun and creative way to showcase these mini cucumbers.
What you’ll need
For this recipe you’ll need the following Asian cucumber salad ingredients:
- Mini cucumbers, or 6 Persian cucumbers
- Salt, to drain water
- Regular soy sauce
- Garlic, minced
- Rice vinegar
- Chili oil (store bought or check out my Chinese Chili Oil recipe)
- Sesame oil
- Sesame seeds
- Green onions, finely sliced
Brief Steps & Visuals
Below are brief steps with visuals to show you how to make Asian spicy cucumber salad. Please scroll down to the recipe card below to find full instructions and details.
Place one cucumber between two chopsticks that you don’t mind nicking up (like takeout chopsticks). Make thin diagonal slices on the top. Then flip the cucumber over and do the same on the other side. Then cut cucumber into halves. Transfer to a large bowl. *Refer to video below for better visuals. Note: Do not cut them in on a straight angle or the spiral will not work.
Sprinkle salt over cucumbers and gently massage into them. Let cucumbers soak in salt for 5 minutes (no more than 10 minutes or they will break down). Rinse with cold water at least 3-4 times to completely remove the salt. Strain and set aside.
Combine sauce ingredients in a separate bowl.
Pour sauce over cucumbers and gently mix. Enjoy!
Below are tips on making this Asian spicy cucumber salad recipe:
Use chopsticks to make spiral cucumbers
If you want to make your cucumbers into fun spirals (optional step), use a pair of chopsticks that you don’t mind slightly nicking up, like takeaway chopsticks. Place the two sticks beside both sides of your cucumber and begin slicing on an angle with your knife (must be on an angle or it won't work otherwise). Flip over and do the same on the other side. Do it slowly and with time you’ll get faster!
Pre-mix the sauce
It’s always best to pre-mix your sauce before adding it to large ingredients for mixing. By pre-mixing, we are ensuring an even distribution of ingredients maximizing taste!
Soak cucumbers in salt for extra crunchy texture!
The longer you soak your cucumbers (no more than 10 minutes please) the crunchier and crispier they will be! Just make sure to rinse your salted cucumbers WELL! At least 3 times.
Rinse salted cucumbers well!
Since we’re adding more sodium, it’s super important to rinse off the salt from the cucumbers after they have been sitting in it. This step is crucial, or you will have very salty tasting cucumbers which makes me sad.
Below are frequently asked questions about this Asian spicy sesame cucumber salad recipe:
How do I make my crunchy Asian cucumber salad even crunchier?
Salt! The longer you soak them in salt, the crunchier they will be as the salt draws the water content out of the cucumber. But don’t overdo this (10 minutes at most) or your cucumber will actually break down when you go to rinse it.
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Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad
- 6 Mini cucumbers or Persian cucumbers
- 2 tsp Salt to drain water
- Wash cucumbers and cut off the ends.
- Place one cucumber between two chopsticks that you don’t mind nicking up (like takeout chopsticks). Make thin diagonal slices on the top. Then flip the cucumber over and do the same on the other side. Then cut cucumber into halves. Repeat for remaining cucumbers. Transfer to a large bowl. *Refer to video below for better visuals. Note: Do not cut them in on a straight angle or the spiral will not work.
- Sprinkle salt over cucumbers and gently massage into them. Let cucumbers soak in salt for 5 minutes (no more than 10 minutes or they will break down). Rinse with cold water at least 3-4 times to completely remove the salt. Strain and set aside.
- Combine sauce ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Pour sauce over cucumbers and gently mix. Enjoy!