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Chinese Style: Spicy Cucumbers Recipe

Chinese Style: Spicy Cucumbers Recipe

This refreshing side dish is perfect served with a spicy main course. TIME: Preparation takes 30 minutes, microwave cooking takes 2 minutes.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
Cuisine Asian, China
Servings 4
Calories 21.2 kcal


  • 1 large cucumber
  • Salt
  • 3 tbsps light soy sauce
  • Pinch five-spice powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsps sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsps Chinese parsley leaves (cilantro leaves)


  • Peel thin strips off the cucumber with a canelle knife for a white and green striped effect. Cut in half lengthwise, or in quarters if the cucumber is thick. Cut the lengths into 2-inch pieces. Sprinkle with salt and leave to stand 30 minutes.
  • Wash and dry well. Combine the cucumber with all the remaining ingredients, except the parsley, in a deep bowl. Partially cover and cook for 2 minutes on HIGH.
  • Add the parsley and leave in the bowl to cool. When cold, refrigerate. Serve on the same day.
Keyword Microwave Recipe, Salad recipes, Spicy