How to Make Korean Pickled Cucumber: A Recipe

Korean Pickled Cucumbers


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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
63 Calories
0g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1748mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 233mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This quick cucumber pickle recipe is ready in just 20 minutes. It is not only a tasty treat but a healthful one as well. What's more, the sweet and salty flavor makes it the perfect side dish.

This dish is very easy and convenient to make. So, if you're a busy parent on the run or a harried working professional without much time to prepare meals, this recipe is definitely one you should try out. After all, it has just four ingredients, and you can make this really snappy, crunchy cucumber salad that goes so well with Korean meals and sandwiches. Pickled cucumbers are hugely popular in Korean cuisine, so if you're a fan of the food, this dish will be a guaranteed treat for you.


  • 4 small Korean or kirby cucumbers

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1/4 cup vinegar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. To make the dish, you'll need to begin by cutting cucumbers into either uniform strips or round slices. You can use mandoline for thinner strips, if you'd like. 

  3. Next, you should sprinkle the cucumbers with sugar and salt and toss gently to combine.

  4. Once the cucumbers have been sprinkled, add vinegar. You need to stir it to make sure all of the cucumbers are coated.

  5. Once you've completed this step, let the cucumbers sit for about 20 minutes before serving them to your guests. If you've adjusted any of the ingredients, you may want to taste test one of the cucumbers yourself to make sure the flavor is exactly how you like it. If you're cooking the dish for your family, have a spouse or child try one of the cucumbers and let you know what they think about the seasoning.


  • You can use one long English cucumber if you don't have access to small pickling cucumbers, but first, cut the cucumber in half, scrape out most of the seeds, and then drain the cucumber on paper towels. This will keep you from making a mess. You'll likely be able to find Korean cucumbers in a specialty market, and you may even be able to order them online.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar used in this recipe to your liking.