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Cucumber kimchi with cut up cucumbers, onions, and green onions in a bowl with chopsticks laying on the bowl.

Quick and Easy Cucumber Kimchi

This cucumber kimchi is so simple and quick to make! Combine a few simple ingredients and mix gently to create this delicious Korean banchan!
Prep Time 30 mins
2 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Servings 6 servings
Calories 28 kcal


  • 1 large cucumber or 2 small (if your cucumber is large and has many seeds, then it is best to deseed it)
  • ½ tablespoon coarse Kosher salt
  • 1 oz chives or 3 scallions, chopped into largish sizes
  • ½ onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon Korean red pepper powder reduce to 1 tablespoon if you don't like it too spicy
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 ts sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar


  • Cut your cucumber in half lengthwise and deseed it if the seeds are very large. Then cut into large chunks as per the image.
    cut up pieces of cucumber on a wooden board
  • Place the cut up cucumber in a colander and sprinkle the salt. Leave at room temperature for 30 minutes (some water will drain off the cucumbers so you may want to leave the colander in the sink.)
    cut up pieces of cucumber sprinkled with salt in a colander
  • Mince the ginger and garlic in a food processor. Add to a large mixing bowl, along with the Korean red pepper powder, fish sauce, sugar, water, and rice vinegar. Mix with a spoon.
    Cucumber kimchi spice mix
  • After the 30 minutes, rinse the cucumber pieces under running water, to get rid of the salt. Add these along with the chives (or scallions) and onion to the spice mixture, and mix gently with your hands until all the ingredients are combined.
    Cucumber kimchi in a white bowl with silver chopsticks holding up a cucumber


This kimchi is ready to eat immediately!  However, you may want to let the flavors meld together overnight.  Serve with rice or as a side to any meal that you want to add extra spice to and enjoy!


Calories: 28kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 863mgPotassium: 169mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1031IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Banchan
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