Cucumber Kimchi Recipe

Cucumber kimchi, known as “Oi Kimchi” in Korean, is a refreshing and vibrant variation of traditional kimchi. Sliced cucumbers are generously coated with a zesty mixture of gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes), garlic, ginger, fish sauce, and a touch of sugar for balance. Fermentation allows the cucumbers to absorb the bold flavors, resulting in a tangy, spicy pickle. The crispness of the cucumbers contrasts beautifully with the complex, umami-laden marinade. Cucumber kimchi is not only a palate-pleaser on its own but also serves as a versatile side dish. Adding a burst of flavor to meals and a refreshing crunch to Korean dining experiences.

Cucumber Kimchi

This is a stuffed version of cucumber kimchi.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Korean


  • 9 mini cucumbers
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped chives
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ onion
  • cup gochugaru (Korean chilli flakes)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil


  • Cut your cucumber in an "x" leaving about 1 inch from one side. This will create 4 cucumber components while still being connected. Alternatively, you can just cut cucumbers into desired sizes.
    9 mini cucumbers
  • Heavily season the cucumbers with salt and leave them for 20 minutes.
    ¼ cup kosher salt
  • Cut chives into 3 inch segments. Cut carrots into 3 inch matchsticks.
    1 cup chopped chives, 1 cup chopped carrots
  • After 20 minutes, rinse off the cucumbers with water and then pat dry with paper towel.
  • Mix together chives, carrots, grated garlic, grated onion, gochugaru, fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame seeds, and sesame oil.
    3 cloves garlic, ½ onion, ⅓ cup gochugaru, 2 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp sesame seeds, ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • Mix well, and form a paste.
  • Add this paste to the cucumbers and stuff each one well with the paste.
  • Place into a container and enjoy.
Keyword cucumber, kimchi, korean