Korean side dish stir-fried cucumbers
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3.25 from 12 votes

Stir-fried Cucumbers (Oi Bokkeum)

Quick and easy Korean cucumber side dish
Servings: 4
Author: Hyosun


  • 1 pound Persian cucumbers about 5 or English cucumber (1)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 scallion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds


  • Cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise, and then thinly slice crosswise slightly diagonally. If the cucumbers are thin, you can simply cut into thin rounds.
    Korean cucumber side dish
  • Toss the cucumber slices with one and a half teaspoons of salt to coat evenly. Let sit for 5 minutes.
    Korean cucumber side dish
  • Squeeze as much water out from the cucumber slices as possible. Don’t worry about bruising them. They will recover when stir-fried.
    Korean cucumber side dish
  • Heat a pan over high heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil. Quickly stir in the garlic. Add the cucumbers. Stir-fry for a minute until the cucumbers are slightly cooked. Turn off the heat. Toss well with the scallion, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.
    Korean cucumber side dish