Taiwanese Sesame Cucumbers

Serving Size: 12
Total Time:


  • 3 seedles cucumbers, chilled in the freezer for 10 minutes
  • 0.5 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 0.33 cup rice vinegar
  • 0.25 cup sesame seeds
  • 0.5 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 4 scallions, coarsely chopped


Cut the cucumbers lengthwise into eighths, then cut them crosswise into 2-inch-long sticks. In a large bowl, combine the sesame oil, vinegar and a large pinch of salt. Add the cucumbers and toss well. Let stand for 10 minutes, tossing a few times.


In a mini food processor, combine the sesame seeds, crushed red pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Process until the sesame seeds are coarsely chopped. Add half of the mixture to the cucumbers and toss well. Arrange the cucumbers on a platter. Sprinkle with the remaining sesame seed mixture and the scallions and serve.