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Baby Cucumbers W/ Sambal & Peanuts


This bold and flavorful cucumber dish is made with a spicy, yet well balanced, hot sauce. It then tossed with fresh cilantro and roasted peanuts. Enjoy as a side dish or as an appetizer.
  • Serves: 4 to 6
  • Active Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
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Step 1: Salting the Cucumbers

Salting the Cucumbers
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 lbs baby cucumbers, cut diagonally into 1/2' thick slices*


*Note: The baby cucumbers, are also often refereed to as Persian or mini cucumbers. If you cannot find baby cucumbers, use English cucumbers or even peeled regular garden cucumbers.

To start, toss the cucumbers with the salt and let site while you prepare the sauce.

Step 2: Preparing the Sauce

Preparing the Sauce
  • 1/4 cup sambal oelek
  • 2 tbsp sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tsp sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 tsp Chinese black vinegar


To make the sauce, add the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.

Step 3: Finishing & Serving the Dish

Finishing & Serving the Dish
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped


To finish the dish, add the cucumbers to sauce and toss to evenly combine. At this point, the cucumbers can sit for 10 to 20 minutes at room temperature, or they can be served immediately.

Before serving the cucumbers, garnish them with the peanuts and fresh cilantro.

Chef's Notes

Black vinegar is available in most Asian markets. Black vinegar will add a nice layer of complexity to many dishes.


  • Gabriela P
    Gabriela P
    What is sambal eolek?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Sambal oelek is a chile paste condiment originally from South and Southeast Asia.

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