Chinese Smashed Cucumbers

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Easy Chinese cucumber salad made with smashed cucumbers and sesame

Here in Minnesota, Chinese restaurants are a pretty popular option floating amidst the sea of endless eating establishments. I will admit, I love a plate of well-made sesame chicken and hot crispy egg rolls as much as the next guy. What I really don’t like are the preservatives and flavor enhancers like the toxic MSG infused into many of the foods served in most Chinese restaurants. So when I asked my friend Rachael to teach me how to make delicious, healthy, authentic Chinese food at home, I was thrilled to hear her say, “Yes.”

Rachael was born in Szechuan China and she moved to the United States many years ago to start a business and a family. Amidst the many talents Rachael has, it is her gift of creating quick and easy meals that rival the best Chinese restaurants on this side of Szechuan.

What I admire most about my Rachael’s style of cooking is her creative ability to use whatever ingredients are occupying her refrigerator and turn them into a magnificent meal in minutes. Rachael’s cooking is uncomplicated, incorporates basic ingredients, and results in savory, mouthwatering meals. My favorite part: no additives or preservatives and absolutely no MSG!

 preparing cucumbers for cucumber salad

Recently, Rachael taught me to make her Chinese Smashed Cucumbers marinated in a delightful little sauce that takes a simple cucumber to a whole new level of deliciousness. This recipe is extremely easy to make and pairs perfectly with fish, beef, lamb, or your favorite poultry recipe. What I find most intriguing about this recipe is the technique of smashing the cucumbers to enhance flavor and soften the meat. This creates a uniquely delicious salad or side dish that is perfect for lunch, dinner, or appetizer.

If you are a fan of Asian food and have always wanted to learn to make delicious authentic Chinese food at home, give this one a try. Stay tuned because you will enjoy an entire chapter of Rachael’s delicious Chinese recipes in my upcoming global cookbook. I promise it’s a chapter you won’t want to miss.

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Chinese Smashed Cucumbers Yum
Chinese Smashed Cucumbers are quick and easy to make, requiring only a few ingredients. They are bursting with texture and flavor. The technique of smashing the cucumbers brings out its natural juices and flavor. Serve it as a salad or a side dish with fish, beef, lamb, or poultry.
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
  1. Cut off ends of cucumber and discard. Using the side of your cutting knife, pound one side of the cucumber to partially smash and break the skin, softening the meat inside. Roughly chop into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix garlic, salt, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil. Pour over cucumbers and toss. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Top with sesame seeds just before serving.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Notes:

  • Use cucumbers with thinner skins. Smashing cucumbers before adding ingredients brings out the flavor of the cucumber and makes it softer to eat.
  • Refrigerating for 30 minutes helps to infuse flavors.
  • This is an excellent salad to serve with oily foods because it helps to balance out the grease.
  • This salad is refreshing and feels good to eat.

Recipe by Rachael Huang for

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