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Glistening cucumber spears with a Thai red chili in a serving dish.

Spicy Cooked Cucumbers

A healthy and light side.
Course Sides
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 46kcal


  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes Substitute a Thai red chili pepper if you really like heat.


  • Rinse cucumber. Removes some of the peel lengthwise if desired. Cut vertically from end to end.
  • Scoop out seeds from center. Cut each half vertically again and then cut the quarters into 3-4" lengths. Sprinkle cucumbers with salt and allow them to drain in a colander for 15 minutes or more.
  • Heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the cucumbers, soy sauce and red pepper flakes. Cook 3-5 minutes till cucumbers turn opaque. They should be soft but not mushy.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg