Kimchee Cucumber Pickles

cucumber kimchee

Yes, you could say I’m a little obsessed with fermented foods right now.

And you could also say that these pickles are pretty damn delicious.

Think crunchy pickles crossed with your favorite jar of kimchi. Just the right amount of heat, sour and salt. Great for snacking, accompanying fish, poultry or meat or in a rice or noodle bowl.

Health bennies: 

  • Probiotic
  • Contains B vitamins, including B12
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Fights chronic inflammation
  • Helps maintain a healthy digestive system
  • Detoxifying

Learn more about fermentation here.

Kimchee Cucumber Pickles

Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Persian mini cucumbers sliced into 1/2 inch thick coins
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Korean chile powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame seeds
  • 1/2 each Carrot grated (3/4 cup grated carrot)
  • 1 each Scallion sliced thin
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1 inch piece Ginger peeled & minced
  • 1 each Grape leaf
  • Cheesecloth
  • 1 quart mason jar

Instructions

  1. Toss the cucumber slices and salt in a bowl. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. With clean hands or wearing latex gloves toss the mixture thoroughly with your hands to combine, lightly squeezing the cucumbers to release some of their juice.
  3. Pack the mixture firmly into a glass jar, pressing down so that the juices start to cover the cucumbers.
  4. Cover the jar with cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band or string.
  5. Let sit at room temperature for 3 days, then transfer to the refrigerator. The pickles are ready to eat at this point.

Recipe Notes

Need Korean Chile flakes? Try this
Need Liquid Aminos? Try this
Need Grape leaves? Try these

 

Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and certified health coach whose writing centers around holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made food.