Cucumber Sunomono

    1 hour 15 minutes

    Cucumber sunomono are the quickest and easiest of the Japanese pickles. Serve as a salad, an entree or even in sandwiches.

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    Serves: 3 

    • 2 large cucumbers
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 80ml rice vinegar
    • sesame seeds for garnish

    Preparation:15min  ›  Extra time:1hour pickling  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel four long strips off each cucumber, leaving some of the peel intact (your cucumbers will look 'striped'). Slice off the ends and cut in half.
    2. Slice the cucumbers into very thin slices using a mandoline, or carefully with a knife. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt and stir well. Set aside.
    3. Combine the sugar, ginger, soy sauce and vinegar in a bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
    4. After the cucumbers have sat in the salt for about 5 minutes, squeeze the excess liquid out of them using your hands or a clean tea towel.
    5. Toss the cucumbers with the sauce. Stir well. Place in the fridge to chill for 1 hour before serving.
    6. Just before serving, sprinkle each portion with sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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    I didn't have ginger, so I used some baby leeks to give it bite instead. Loved it. It's the dressing that's the key. Went perfectly with an Asian inspired stew. Freshened it up perfectly.  -  20 Aug 2013


    Loved this too! Once or twice used distilled vinegar - it's nearly as good, but not quite.  -  08 Nov 2014  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    I've made this so many times after the first trial and totally in love with it! Thanks for sharing. A slight tweak that I've made to make it superb is to add a teaspoon of sesame oil to the recipe.  -  31 Dec 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)