Thursday, February 4, 2010

Cucumber Namasu Recipe

One of my favorite salads to make is cucumber namasu. It's a simple dish to make with minimal ingredients. It's perfect to serve in a bento or as an appetizer. Recipe below.

Cucumber Namasu Recipe

Serves 4 : very small servings, appetizer size.


1 English Cucumber
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Rice vinegar
Sesame seeds for garnish
*Optional - add fresh shrimp or crab meat to salad

Peel cucumbers and scoop out the center with a spoon.

Thinly slice and salt. Marinate in the fridge for about an hour. Rinse excess salt off with water. Squeeze out any water from the cucumbers. Pat dry.

For the dressing, heat sugar and rice vinegar on low heat. Mix until sugar dissolves. Let cool. Place in fridge to cool quicker, 30 - 60 minutes.

Mix dressing and cucumbers to taste. Plate salad. Garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy!


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh yummmm..... My husband always grows cucumbers in the garden....this would be great to use for that bumper crop!

Warm blessings,

Melissa said...

How wonderfully simple. Thanks for sharing!

Loralynn said...

Sounds yummy!

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

I cannot wait to try this! I always get the cucumber sunomono at our favorite sushi restaurant, and whatever cucumber salad is offered at any Asian restaurant I go to. It's my favorite veggie!

Kristin said...

Yum! I love this, I can't wait to make my own! Thanks for the recipe!

Angela said...

yummm! reminds of a dish we ate when we lived in hawaii. after we dig out from this third snow storm i'm going to get me some cucumbers...and they'll be going on my to-grow garden list! thanks for sharing.

Household 6 said...

My mouth is watering... this sounds delicious with lump crab!! Thanks for the recipe :)

chidori said...

This is very similar to a recipe I tried last summer with cucumbers and shiso. The cucumbers had to be sliced thinly and drained off a couple times before adding the shiso for pickling. They were crunchy and delicious! I'll try this one next!

*~kAy~* said...

yum!! I love cucumbers!

vicky said...

YUM!!! I have been looking for a good recipe for this, can't wait to try it. thanks:)

Alexander said...

Looks like a nice and simple dish.

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ILikePaperCutting said...

yes, this can be a nice starter dish for Malaysian.

Ashlee said...

This sounds delicious! I plan to try this tonight. My little girl eats cucumber almost every day -- she loves it!

Kitten Muffin said...

Oooh, thank you! you've just answered a question I've had for years! I've been making this for a long time, but I never knew what it was called. Sadly I am the only person in my family that will eat cucumber :(

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