Persian Cucumbers for Crushed Cucumber and Garlic Soy Sauce

Crushed Cucumber in Garlic & Soy Sauce

OK, this is a pretty simple one – crushed cucumber isn’t anything fancy, but it’s tasty!

  • 1 Lb. Persian Cucumbers or English Cucumbers, crushed
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar (or, whatever you have on hand)
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Take your cucumbers and smash them – not super hard, just hard enough to crush them a bit. They don’t need to be pulverized, just in to bite-sized chunks (I use my pestle) Once they’re crushed up a bit, sprinkle the salt over them in a bowl, mix them up, and let them set for 20 minutes. The salt will draw off part of the moisture from the cucumbers. Drain the cucumbers, add the cilantro and green onions.

Mix up the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl, then pour over the crushed cucumbers. Let ’em sit a bit, and serve cold.

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