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Korean cucumbers have a wonderful crunch. To fast-track the process, you can blanch and brine the cucumbers twice a day—once in the morning and again in the evening. This simple pickled cucumbers recipe is delicious, and makes for a great side dish

Martha Stewart Living, June 2012


Credit: Jen Causey

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1 hr
1 week 6 days
Makes 15


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 4 quarts water to a boil and stir in 1/2 cup salt. In batches, cook cucumbers 30 seconds, then place them in a 2-gallon nonreactive container.

  • Let cooking water cool. Place a large stone or a heavy bowl on top of cucumbers, and pour cooled water over cucumbers (the stone or bowl will keep the cucumbers submerged). Refrigerate at least 8 hours.

  • Drain cucumbers, and repeat entire process 3 more times. Refrigerate 10 days before slicing and eating. Cucumbers can be refrigerated for several weeks in an airtight container.

Cook's Notes

Use a large stone to keep cucumbers submerged during the pickling process. If you don't have such a rock, a heavy bowl will also work.