Do you love cucumbers? If so, you have to try this Korean cucumber salad. Thinly sliced cucumbers that are crisp, spicy, and bursting with flavor. You also might know this cucumber recipe as, oi muchim. This is a crunchy snack or side dish you have to try.
This cucumber salad is often served with a bowl of rice, and your choice of main dish. You can also serve it up as a side dish for a summer cookout, take to a potluck, etc.
Now I also have my classic cucumber and onion salad if you want a more traditional cucumber recipe. Either way, both recipes are phenomenal.
This Korean Cucumber Salad Recipe Is..
- Fresh Ingredients
- Easy to Make
- Quick Prep
Ingredients You Will Need
Cucumber – English cucumber or Kirby cucumber.
Onion – White onion, finely minced.
Green Onion – Thinly sliced.
Soy Sauce – Or coconut aminos for soy free alternative.
Rice Vinegar – Unseasoned rice vinegar.
Sugar – Granulated sugar.
Sesame Oil – Use 1/2 teaspoon for less flavor if you want.
Sesame Seeds – Roast seeds for additional flavor if you want.
Red Pepper Flakes – Gochugaru red pepper flakes are a Korean red pepper.
Salt – Table salt or sea salt works.
Helpful Tools For Recipe
Mandoline – Creates thinly sliced cucumbers for the recipe.
Whisk – Use a whisk for mixing up the sauce of the cucumbers.
How to Make
Full steps on how to make this Korean cucumber salad is in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. Just scroll to the bottom of the post.
Step 1: Slice Cucumbers and Green Onions
Thinly slice the cucumbers, green onion, and mince garlic and white onion. Add into a medium sized bowl.
Step 2: Mix Up Sauce
Next you will grab a smaller bowl and add the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine.
Step 3: Stir To Combine and Serve
Pour the sauce over the cucumbers and toss to coat. Then serve the cucumbers immediately.
While this spicy cucumber salad Korean flavored is best served fresh, you can store any leftovers in the fridge for up to five days. Just toss the salad and serve and enjoy.
More Side Dishes
Want more side dish recipes? Check out these easy and delicious sides that will compliment your main dish nicely.
Printable Recipe Card
Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi muchim)
- 1 large English Cucumber 1/4" thick
- 1/4 cup white onion finely minced
- 1 green onion sliced thin
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar unseasoned
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon Gochugaru red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a bowl you are going to add your thinly sliced cucumbers, minced garlic, minced onion, and sliced green onions.
- In a small bowl add your soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, red pepper, and salt. Mix well to combine.
- Pour the sauce over the cucumber and toss well.
- Serve immediately.