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Pickled slices of cucumber garnished with sesame seeds and green onions in a small patterned bowl with chopsticks resting on the bowl and the bowl is on a wooden board.

Japanese Pickled Cucumber

This light and refreshing Japanese Pickled Cucumber is the perfect accompaniment to rice and your favorite Japanese dish. It also makes a great addition to a poke bowl! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 3 servings
Calories 39 kcal


  • Kosher salt for sprinkling
  • 1 large English cucumber or seedless cucumber very thinly sliced; if you are using cucumbers on the small side, then use 2 cucumbers for this recipe
  • ½ cup seasoned rice vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 1 ts sugar
  • ½ ts salt
  • 1 ts sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion sliced


  • Very thinly slice the cucumber(s)
    Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Sprinkle salt on the thin slices of English cucumber.  Leave these in a colander to drain for approximately 20 -30 minutes
    Salted cucumber
  • Rinse the cucumber slices with water and drain. Gently squeeze out excess water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Place the cucumber in a bowl, and add the rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, salt, and soy sauce.  Mix well.
    Japanese Pickled Cucumber and a spoon
  • Best to cover and leave to marinate in your refrigerator for a few hours so the flavors can meld. However, you can eat after marinating for 30 minutes if you just can't wait. :-)
  • When ready to serve, sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with green onions. 
    Japanese Pickled Cucumber and chopsticks holding one up


This quick and easy pickle does taste better after  marinating overnight however you can serve after marinating for 30 minutes if you just can't wait!!!
If you are watching your salt, you can reduce the amount of soy sauce and salt (for the marinade) called for in the recipe. 
Serve this delicious pickle with rice, and alongside your favorite Japanese dish, or add to a poke bowl.  Enjoy!


Calories: 39kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 724mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Tsukemono (Japanese Pickle)
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