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Gochujang Smashed Cucumber

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Do you need to work out some stress and prepare some delicious treat at the same time? You can with this gochujang smashed cucumber recipe, killing two birds with one stone, or more accurately with your hands!

Gochujang Smashed Cucumber

Gochujang Smashed Cucumber

Smash, not Cut!

I don’t know what exactly happen when you smash cucumber, but trust me, the end result tastes diferent. If you are not convinced, prepare two batch, one smashed and one cut. Follow with the rest of the steps, and one hour later, you can taste test and decide if your prefer the smashed one or the cut version.

Gochujang Smashed Cucumber

Gochujang Smashed Cucumber

Snack or Side Dish

You can munch on them as is and treat is as light delicious snack if you want. In my home though, I serve this along with steamed white rice and many other dishes. We go through quite a bit of little side dishes like this.

Gochujang Smashed Cucumber

Gochujang Smashed Cucumber

Gochujang Smashed Cucumber



Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 10 mins

Serves: 4


  • 2 cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon gochujang
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 3 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. Wash the cucumbers and pat dry. Smash each against your chopping board until the cucumber breaks into bite-size pieces. There is no need to use a knife, in fact, please don't use a knife.
  2. Transfer all the pieces of cucumber into a ziplock back. Then add the rest of the ingredients, and massage gently into the cucumber.
  3. Let the cucumber rest in the fridge for at least one hour before eating.

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