Chinese Pickled Cucumber (A Quick Pickle Recipe)

Chinese Pickled Cucumber (A Quick Pickle Recipe)

Chinese pickled cucumbers add a refreshing taste to any meal, are great as a snack all on their own, and can be ready overnight! {Vegan, Gluten-Free adaptable}

I must admit that I adore pickles. Pickling vegetables of any kind is a great way to preserve your produce, so you can quickly add some veggies to your meal throughout the week. Plus, when you make your own pickles, you not only save money but also avoid preservatives.

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Chinese pickled cucumber

You might be used to the dill, sour, or half-sour American pickles. I really enjoy all of them, though there’s something to be said about Chinese pickled cucumbers.

All you need is some clean mason jars (or simply a tupperware container) and you can have my Chinese pickled cucumber recipe ready to enjoy the next day!

Pickled cucumber served in a plate

Types of cucumbers for pickling

The best cucumbers for pickling are Persian, Kirby (also labeled as pickling cucumbers), and English cucumbers. These cucumbers have a less watery texture and a thinner skin than the regular dark colored garden cucumbers that are more common in US grocery stores.

Types of cucumber for pickling

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If you use Persian cucumbers, you can simply quarter them lengthwise to create the spear shape.

For Kirby and English cucumbers, I would cut the cucumbers into three pieces lengthwise, then further cut each piece into three spears. I also discard the core part, which contains mostly seeds and has a soggy texture.

I prefer Persian cucumbers, because they are the perfect size for most mason jars. If you’re using other types of cucumber, make sure the pieces you cut are short enough to fit in a jar.

Homemade pickled cucumber close up

Cooking process

Making Chinese pickled cucumbers is super easy.

  1. Cut the cucumbers and make sure they fit into the jars (or containers) you’ll use.
  2. Sprinkle salt onto the cucumbers, let them sit for an hour, and then drain them. This process will create a crunchier texture.
  3. Lightly toast the dried peppers and Sichuan peppercorns to release the aroma.
  4. Boil them with the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Stuff the cucumbers in clean mason jars and pour the hot brine over them. Let them marinate overnight.
How to make Chinese pickled cucumber step-by-step

These pickled cucumbers will be ready overnight. You can also let them pickle for longer, but you should at least wait 24 hours to enjoy them to get all the flavors in there.

As for the storage time, the pickled cucumbers should last a few weeks in your fridge, as long as you use clean mason jars. You can even sanitize your jars by boiling them in water to eliminate any microbes, although I rarely do so and my pickles never go bad before I finish them all.

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A little garlic, white vinegar, salt, soy sauce, and sugar really create the kind of pickled treat you’ll want to keep eating and eating. With summer on the way, Chinese pickled cucumbers are an easy way to sneak more veggies into your meals. They crunch great with lunch alongside my banh mi sandwich or with any dinner you choose.

How to serve Chinese pickled cucumbers

My favorite ways to serve these pickled cucumbers are:

  • As an appetizer to your meal, accompanied by rice and other courses.
  • Top them on congee and noodles with runny soy sauce eggs and a drizzle of homemade chili oil for a quick snack.
  • Make a quick sandwich using your leftover roast chicken.
  • Serve it alongside fried food, such as salt and pepper chicken or Chinese fried pork chops, to cut the grease and balance your dish.

I also enjoy having them for a snack whenever I need to satisfy my craving for savory and crunchy. It’s a much better alternative than turning to a bag of chips!

Homemade pickled cucumber

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More Chinese appetizer recipes

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  • Three-Ingredient Quick Pickled Watermelon Radish
  • Easy Chinese Cucumber Salad
  • Crispy Tofu with Garlic Sauce (without Deep-Frying)
  • Szechuan Spicy Peanuts (Huang Fei Hong Spicy Peanuts)
  • Wood Ear Mushroom Salad

Lilja Walter is a part of the Omnivore’s Cookbook team and worked closely with Maggie to develop and test this recipe.

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