Five-minute Asian pickled cucumber

This five-minute Asian pickled cucumber recipe is done LITERALLY in 5 minutes. And this is the kind of dish we all need right now, right? Who wants to spend time…

chopped cucumber in a bowl

This five-minute Asian pickled cucumber recipe is done LITERALLY in 5 minutes. And this is the kind of dish we all need right now, right? Who wants to spend time in the kitchen?

So this Asian-style cucumber salad sounds like a perfect dish. It is delicious and nutritious. Despite the fact, that it only requires 5 minutes and very few ingredients, this salad will not fail to impress! You can give it to your kids as a snack or serve it as a part of a BBQ or dinner party. Big and small eaters alike will love it.


This salad has only ONE main ingredient – a cucumber!

For the marinade:

  • vinegar
  • tamari sauce
  • sesame oil
  • pinch of sugar
  • toasted sesame seeds to add even more Asian flare. Plus they look great tossed on top of the cucumbers.

You can use it to pickle all kinds of vegetables, such as carrots, radishes, daikon, cauliflower. You can add it to the rice noodles to make a quick Vietnamese salad. This marinade is delicious and the recipe is really worthy of being saved.

What cucumber to use

Any cucumber will work for this recipe. My favourite is the long continental cucumber. Just make sure your cucumber is firm.

Many people deseed cucumbers, I don’t. I find it to be a waste of vegetables. But if you prefer to deseed it, just cut the cucumber in half, lengthwise. Using a teaspoon simply run a spoon down the length of the cucumber, allowing the gentle curve of the spoon to remove all of the seeds as you go. Here is an excellent blog post on how to deseed a cucumber.

How to make Asian pickled cucumber

Chop the cucumbers, put them in a mixing bowl.

In a salad dressing mixer or a glass jar, mix 4 tbsp of rice vinegar, 2 tbsp of gluten-free soy sauce (I use tamari), 1 tsp sesame oil, and 1/2 tsp organic brown sugar. Shake, until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the marinade over the cucumbers, mix and serve.

Watch how to make it:

Make it in advance

Yes, you can make this simple recipe ahead of time and refrigerate it. Keep in mind that cucumbers will get a bit softer as they marinate, which will make them even more delicious!

How to store

You can store this salad in the fridge for up to 5 days in an air-tight container.

Is this cucumber recipe gluten-free

As you probably know, soy sauce is not gluten-free, that is why so important you choose the gluten-free variety. I use organic tamari sauce. It tastes just like your ordinary soy sauce.

Recipes to serve it with:

pickled cucumber on a plate

Five-minute Asian pickled cucumber – prinatble recipe

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cucumber salad on a plate

Five-minute Asian pickled cucumber

  • Author: Elena Elliott
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 4 serves as a side dish 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Super easy and delicious, this Asian inspired cucumber salad is done in 5 minutes. The easy way to add some more veggies into your diet! Very kid friendly 🙂 



1 large continental cucumber (or any other cucumber you have in the fridge)

4 tbsp of rice vinegar

2 tbsp of gluten-free soy sauce, I use tamari

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp organic brown sugar

1/4 tsp chilly flakes (optional and not used in the recipe featured in this post)

2 tsp toasted sesame seeds


First, wash and cut the cucumber into bite-size pieces. Put in a bowl.

Combine the rice vinegar, gluten-free soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil in a glass jar or a salad dressing mixer and shake well.

Add marinade to the cucumber and mix to combine.

Sprinkle sesame seeds over the cucumber. Serve!




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This salad will taste even better the next day. Simply put it in a glass jar or any other air-tight container and refrigerate. It will last like this for 2 to 3 days.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Asian cucumber salad, gluten-free

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  1. Made this for dinner tonight and absolutely loved it! Definitely a winner that I will make again. So easy and still super flavorful!

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