Spicy Pickled Cucumbers Salad

Chinese pickled cucumber salad with spicy seasonings including chili pepper, Sichuan peppercorn etc. The most famous Chinese cucumber salad is the smashed version, but you must try this one if you are Sichuan food lovers. The Method of "Spicy Mixing 炝拌" I believe that many cook use cucumber in different kinds of salad since it taste crispy and a little bit sweet. The most common and regular cucumber salad requires simpler ingredients and there is no need to heat the oil. If you read that post, you will feel wow smashed version is so easy and quick. You only need to pat the cucumber, cut into small pieces and mix in seasonings includes garlic, sesame oil, salt or sometimes chili oil. But I use a totally different method in this recipe. The chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn need to be heated so they can achieve the highest level of aroma and the pour the hot oil over the cucumber. This method is named as "炝拌". We also have similar theory in stir frying dishes. If you visit a Chinese restaurant, they always offer a "清炒" and "炝炒" method for dark leafy green vegetables. You can see how to "炝炒" a dark green vegetable here. "炝" literally mean the feeling when you fry hot chili peppers in hot oils. Pickling the cucumber In order to keep the crunchy texture of the cucumber, there are some preparations needed before the special salad mixing method. Cut the cucumber into halves and then remove the soft pulp inside. Further cut the cucumber into small strips. Add around 1 tablespoon of salt and mix well. Set aside at least 30 minutes (up to 2 hours). Then the water content is expelled by salt. Then discard the water. Removing the original water content can make the cucumber much crunchier. Quickly wash the cucumber to remove extra salt attached and then squeeze the water of the cucumber by hand and then lay the strips in serving plates. Add garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, chopped scallion and chopped fresh peppers. Heat around 3 tablespoons of vegetable cooking oil firstly, and then turn off fire, add chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn in. Don't add them in the very beginning of the hot heating, they might be overcooked and taste bitter. Pour the hot oil along with the chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn on top of the cucumber. Pickling Cucumbers Salad Simple Spicy Picked Cucumber Salad. This salad is topped with mixed chili oil with thai fresh chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn, and thus having a unique and fresh spicy, sweet yet crispy taste. Print Pin Rate Course: SaladCuisine: SichuanKeyword: Cucumber Prep Time: 2 hoursCook Time: 5 minutesTotal Time: 2 hours 5 minutes Servings: 2 Calories: 136kcal Author: Elaine Ingredients6 small cucumber , or 2 long English cucumber 1 tbsp. salt , for pickling 3 garlic cloves , mashedchopped scallion , optional2 tsp. vinegar1 tsp. sesame oil1 tbsp. light soy sauce2 Thai chili peppers , chopped into small sections3 tbsp. peanut oil or other vegetable oil1 tsp. whole Sichuan peppercorns4 dried chili peppers , cut into sections InstructionsCut the cucumber into halves and then remove the pulp inside. Further cut the cucumber into small strips. Add around 1 tablespoon of salt and mix well. Set aside at least 30 minutes (up to 2 hours). Then the water content is expelled by salt. Then discard the water. Quickly wash the cucumber strips and squeeze water out. Removing the original water content can make the cucumber much crunchier.Lay the strips in serving plates. Sprinkle garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, chopped scallion and chopped fresh peppers on top. Heat around 3 tablespoons of vegetable cooking oil firstly, and then turn off fire, add chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn in. Don't add them in the very beginning of the hot heating, they might be overcooked and taste bitter.Pour the hot oil along with the chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn on top of the cucumber. Try to spread the oil on top of chopped garlic to stimulate the aroma. NotesThis can be chilled for a while before serving. Long English cucumber can be also used to make this salad. But hard and old skin should be removed.  This recipe is firstly published in 2014 and updated with a more accurate recipe and new photo in 2022.  NutritionCalories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1913mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.5mg Other salad side dishes

Spicy Pickled Cucumbers Salad

Chinese pickled cucumber salad with spicy seasonings including chili pepper, Sichuan peppercorn etc. The most famous Chinese cucumber salad is the smashed version, but you must try this one if you are Sichuan food lovers.

pickled cucumber salad|chinasichuanfood.com

The Method of "Spicy Mixing 炝拌"

I believe that many cook use cucumber in different kinds of salad since it taste crispy and a little bit sweet. The most common and regular cucumber salad requires simpler ingredients and there is no need to heat the oil. If you read that post, you will feel wow smashed version is so easy and quick. You only need to pat the cucumber, cut into small pieces and mix in seasonings includes garlic, sesame oil, salt or sometimes chili oil. But I use a totally different method in this recipe. The chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn need to be heated so they can achieve the highest level of aroma and the pour the hot oil over the cucumber. This method is named as "炝拌". We also have similar theory in stir frying dishes. If you visit a Chinese restaurant, they always offer a "清炒" and "炝炒" method for dark leafy green vegetables. You can see how to "炝炒" a dark green vegetable here. "炝" literally mean the feeling when you fry hot chili peppers in hot oils.

Pickling the cucumber

In order to keep the crunchy texture of the cucumber, there are some preparations needed before the special salad mixing method. Cut the cucumber into halves and then remove the soft pulp inside. Further cut the cucumber into small strips. Add around 1 tablespoon of salt and mix well. Set aside at least 30 minutes (up to 2 hours). Then the water content is expelled by salt. Then discard the water. Removing the original water content can make the cucumber much crunchier.

pickled cucumber salad|chinasichuanfood.com

Quickly wash the cucumber to remove extra salt attached and then squeeze the water of the cucumber by hand and then lay the strips in serving plates. Add garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, chopped scallion and chopped fresh peppers.

pickled cucumber salad|chinasichuanfood.com

Heat around 3 tablespoons of vegetable cooking oil firstly, and then turn off fire, add chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn in. Don't add them in the very beginning of the hot heating, they might be overcooked and taste bitter.

pickled cucumber salad|chinasichuanfood.com

Pour the hot oil along with the chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn on top of the cucumber.

pickled cucumber salad|chinasichuanfood.com
pickled cucumber salad|chinasichuanfood.com

Pickling Cucumbers Salad

Simple Spicy Picked Cucumber Salad. This salad is topped with mixed chili oil with thai fresh chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn, and thus having a unique and fresh spicy, sweet yet crispy taste.

Print Pin Rate

Course: Salad

Cuisine: Sichuan

Keyword: Cucumber

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 2

Calories: 136kcal

Author: Elaine

Ingredients

  • 6 small cucumber , or 2 long English cucumber
  • 1 tbsp. salt , for pickling
  • 3 garlic cloves , mashed
  • chopped scallion , optional
  • 2 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 2 Thai chili peppers , chopped into small sections
  • 3 tbsp. peanut oil or other vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. whole Sichuan peppercorns
  • 4 dried chili peppers , cut into sections

Instructions

  • Cut the cucumber into halves and then remove the pulp inside. Further cut the cucumber into small strips. Add around 1 tablespoon of salt and mix well. Set aside at least 30 minutes (up to 2 hours). Then the water content is expelled by salt. Then discard the water. Quickly wash the cucumber strips and squeeze water out. Removing the original water content can make the cucumber much crunchier.

  • Lay the strips in serving plates. Sprinkle garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, chopped scallion and chopped fresh peppers on top.

  • Heat around 3 tablespoons of vegetable cooking oil firstly, and then turn off fire, add chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn in. Don't add them in the very beginning of the hot heating, they might be overcooked and taste bitter.

  • Pour the hot oil along with the chili pepper and Sichuan peppercorn on top of the cucumber. Try to spread the oil on top of chopped garlic to stimulate the aroma.

Notes

This can be chilled for a while before serving. Long English cucumber can be also used to make this salad. But hard and old skin should be removed.  This recipe is firstly published in 2014 and updated with a more accurate recipe and new photo in 2022. 

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1913mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Other salad side dishes

pickled cucumber salad|chinasichuanfood.com