Hot Spiced Cucumbers

Rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar both mean the same thing. Rice vinegar is simply rice wine that has been allowed to ferment.

Serves: 2Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2


  • 4 small Persian cucumbers, trimmed and halved
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. red rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1⁄4 tsp. chili paste
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds


  • Place cucumbers in a bowl and toss with the salt. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl combine the ginger, garlic, red rice vinegar, sugar, and chili paste.
  • Transfer cucumbers to a clean bowl and pour the sauce mixture over them. Top with sesame seeds. Serve immediately or chill.