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Sweet and Spicy Marinated Cucumbers


Description

Marinated cucumbers burst with flavor, making a perfect side dish, or topping to a salad or other meat dishes. We love these on Asian lettuce wraps as well!


Ingredients

  • 11/2 lbs cucumber (about 3 medium), thinly sliced (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt (if using table salt, use only 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar, seasoned or regular
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional if you don’t want any heat.)
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion

Instructions

  1. Place cucumber slices in a colander sitting over a bowl, sprinkle with salt and toss well. Let sit for 1 hour refrigerated. Toss the cukes a few times while they drain if you remember. While cucumber slices are draining, prepare marinade.
  2. Combine vinegar, water, sugar and red pepper in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cook until reduced to a 1/3 cup (about 10 minutes). If for some reason you boil for too long, just add a little water until you have 1/3 C. Remove reduction from heat and add onion. Let mixture cool to room temp.
  3. When cucumbers are done resting, pat them dry with a few paper towels and then combine with the vinegar reduction. Chill for at least a few hours before serving. They improve with time!

Notes

  • Note: I have successfully made these with sugar substitute (like Truvia) as well.
  • Tip: Sometimes I like to double the marinade to make them extra flavorful!
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