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Bowl of marinated cucumbers with onion, garlic and sesame seeds on top.

Marinated Cucumbers

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Marinate Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Counter Top
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired


Marinated Cucumbers – a light, crisp and refreshing Marinated Cucumber recipe that is the perfect side dish for any meal!


  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sweet yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more if desired
  • (optional) 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Add cucumber and onion to a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. 
  3. Pour vinegar mixture over cucumbers. Add sesame seeds, dill, salt and red pepper flakes (if using); toss to combine.
  4. Let marinate a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator. 
  5. Use in your favorite dishes or eat as-is – we love them in these Soy Ginger Salmon Bowls. 


  • English Cucumbers: you can use regular cucumbers for this recipe, but for best results use an English Cucumber – they are small, less watery and, therefore, more crisp and delicious.
  • Sesame Seeds: for even greater depth of flavor you can toast your sesame seeds for a few minutes in a cast iron skillet!
  • Storage: Store your marinated cucumbers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.

Keywords: marinated cucumbers