Spicy Cucumber Salad (Oi-muchim)

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"Korean restaurants serve a myriad of refillable side dishes which are quite delicious. This particular recipe is one of those dishes that is served as a side. The ingredients are pretty basic and easy to get, except maybe the Korean hot pepper flakes. A local Asian market would carry it or through Amazon. I have one near me, but seeing I have Prime, it'll arrive quicker than I can get to the market."

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (166.6 g)
  • Calories 110.7
  • Total Fat - 6.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 1233.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 11.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.3 g
  • Sugars - 5.2 g
  • Protein - 3.2 g
  • Calcium - 43.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cut the cucumber in half, lengthwise. Then slice diagonally into thin slices. OR cut into slices (circles).

Step 2

In a mixing bowl add soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, hot pepper flakes, and sugar. Mix well.

Step 3

Then add the sliced cucumbers, onion, spring onion and sesame seeds. Mix all the ingredients together.

Step 4


NOTE: If you can find kirby cucumbers, it will work well in this salad because they will retain their crunch. Kirby's are those cute little bumpy cukes that are unwaxed and sold primarily for pickling. These cucumbers have an advantage over others because they retain their crunch without turning limp.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.

2 Reviews

Stacy G

This was great! Easy, quick and great flavor. I added just a splash of rice wine vinegar for a bit of acid but only because I was serving with a kind of fatty Korean beef rib. Thanks for posting! Will make this again! MERP'd for Susie's World Tour 2019, Sue Chefs


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(6 Jul 2019)

Mia in Germany

One of my very favourite ways to have cucumber salad! I'm not quite sure if my cukes were kirby cucumbers because in Germany they have a different name, but I used small pickling cucumbers, and they really are the best for this kind of salad. Thanks for sharing! Made for SWT 2019 / Korea for the Traveling Tastebuds


review by:
(6 Jul 2019)