Szechuan-Style Cucumbers

Crisp and cool with an eye-opening burst of heat—we try to keep a jar in the fridge at all times.


2-3 English cucumbers (seedless)
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 large garlic clove, sliced very thinly
1 teaspoon hot bean paste
1 tablespoon hot chili oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil


Cut cucumbers lengthwise into quarters. Then slice into long wedges.

Place in a medium-size bowl and toss with salt. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours.

Drain and discard liquid. Pat cucumbers dry.

In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Add cucumbers and toss well to coat. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Cooking & Recipes


6 servings

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

20 minutes (plu

Preparation Method

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