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This quick Asian pickled cucumber recipe is an easy and delicious way to prepare cucumbers in apple cider vinegar, sesame oil and maple syrup.

Quick Asian pickled cucumbers in a bowl.

I have been all about making salmon bowls lately and my favorite part of these bowls is these Asian pickled cucumbers. They are crunchy and sour with a hint of sweetness and can be made in 15 minutes!

Try adding these pickled cucumbers as a side to this Healthy Lemon Ginger Turmeric Salmon, this Salmon Rice bowl or these Paleo Asian Salmon Fishcakes. They also just taste great on their own or added to a green salad.

Why this recipe is great

  • It takes a matter of minutes to make them and they are ready to eat in 15 minutes.
  • It is a flavorful way to prepare and eat cucumbers.
  • These pickled cucumbers are a delicious side dish.
  • It is made with apple cider vinegar, which is a good source of probiotics.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients needed to make Asian pickled cucumbers.
  • English cucumber– English cucumbers are longer than regular cucumbers and have less seeds and taste a bit sweeter than American cucumbers.
  • Maple syrup– make sure it is pure maple syrup with nothing else added to the ingredient list.
  • Apple cider vinegar– this type of vinegar is made from fermented apple juice.
  • Sesame oil– this adds nice flavor to the pickled cucumbers.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Additions/ Substitutions

  • Instead of an english cucumber, you can use an American cucumber.
  • Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey.

Step by step instructions

Sliced cucumbers in a bowl.
Step 1

Step 1: Slice the cucumbers and put them into a large bowl.

Vinegar added to sliced cucumbers.
Step 2

Step 2: Cover the cucumbers in the maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, water, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Mix everything together.

Quick pickled cucumbers sitting in liquid for 15 minutes.
Step 3

Step 3: Add crushed red peppers if you want to. Let the cucumbers sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Expert tips

  • Make sure most of your sliced cucumbers are covered in some of the vinegar liquid. The top ones don’t need to be fully covered.
  • Let the cucumbers sit for 15 minutes before serving. This ensures they get that “pickled” taste.
  • To make in advance: store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • To store: place in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 14 days.
Quick asian pickled cucumbers in a bowl with crushed red pepper on top.

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Quick Asian Pickled Cucumbers

Servings: 4 people
Prep: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Quick Asian pickled cucumbers in a bowl.
This quick Asian pickled cucumber recipe is an easy and delicious way to prepare cucumbers in apple cider vinegar, sesame oil and maple syrup.

Ingredients 

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Instructions 

  • Slice your cucumbers thin and place in a large bowl.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar, water, maple syrup, sesame oil, salt and pepper to the bowl and mix.
  • Let the cucumbers sit in the liquid for 15 minutes. Serve or store in an airtight container and place in the fridge until ready to eat.

Notes

  • Make sure most of your sliced cucumbers are covered in some of the vinegar liquid. The top ones don’t need to be fully covered.
  • Let the cucumbers sit for 15 minutes before serving. This ensures they get that “pickled” taste.
  • To make in advance: store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • To store: place in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 14 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 0.5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 155mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 79IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
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