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Cold Garlicky Cucumbers - Paleo Asian Side Dishes

Cold Garlicky Cucumbers. One of the most iconic side dishes in Taiwan. Follow the instructions to make the most tasty and crunchy cucumbers. They taste even better the day after !

Course Side Dish, vegetable
Cuisine Chinese, Taiwanese
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 35 kcal
Author ChihYu


  • 14 oz mini persian cucumbers (or 1 English cucumber)
  • Fine sea salt


  • 2 large garlic cloves grated
  • 4 tsp rice vinegar (or use 3 tsp apple cider vinegar for a more acidity taste)
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil


  1. Wash the cucumbers and cut ends off. Slice them in half lengthwise and use a small teaspoon to scoop out the seeds.

  2. Roughly chop them diagonally and place them in a large ziplock bag. Push out the air and seal the bag. Use a meat ponder or a bottle to gently smash the cucumbers. 

  3. Place cucumber pieces in a large bowl. Sprinkle over sea salt and use your hands to gently rub the salt into smashed cucumbers. Cover and rest in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Drain/dump the cucumber water. Season the cucumbers with ingredients listed under “Seasoning”. Toss to combine. Serve cold and the cucumbers taste even better the day after. 

Nutrition Facts
Cold Garlicky Cucumbers - Paleo Asian Side Dishes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.