Sesame Ginger Pickled Cucumbers

Sesame Ginger Pickled Cucumbers

Every year when summer hits, I have grand plans to really learn how to can, make many jars of my own jam and pickle everything in sight (like my pal Serena who I call “The Original Pioneer Woman Now Living in the Suburbs.”) Alas, life gets in the way, and with summer more than half over (wah!) a quick and easy refrigerator pickle recipe would have to do.

Kirby cucumbers

A few weeks back, I got these kirby cucumbers in my CSA share and knew it was time. I ended up starting with this Cooking Light recipe for Tangy Pickled Cucumber (I’m STILL cooking from their awesome June issue) and adding in some Asian flavors. I went the super easy-cheating-don’t-even-boil-the-vinegar-route. Which means they had to be consumed within a week. Which really wasn’t a problem at all.

Sesame Ginger Pickled Cucumbers

Adapted from Cooking Light's Tangy Pickled Cucumber recipe


  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 piece (1-inch) fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 4 medium kirby cucumbers, cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, oil, garlic and ginger. Add cucumbers and mix to coat. Store in refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

Sesame Ginger Pickled Cucumbers

Do you make pickles in the summer?

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  1. These look so simple, easy, and refreshing! Love the Asian twist.

    • Thanks much, Kare. I just went over to your blog and already want to make that Blueberry Lemonade! Look forward to reading more of your posts.

  2. This is really nice, refreshing, and tastes good with tofu! If you love eating ginger, you could also slice paper thin pieces and let them soak up the marinade. Yum! 😀

  3. Wow, this is the easiest pickle recipe I’ve ever seen. I have never made pickles, but there is no excuse not to try this one :-). Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!

  4. I’ve never made pickles in my life, but I’d love to try these! Love the addition of ginger and garlic. Any idea how gherkins are made? My son had some yesterday for the first time and asked. I hadn’t any clue if they were made from super tiny cucumbers or what??

    • If you’ve never made pickles, this is definitely the “cheating” recipe to start with :) My pickle knowledge is very limited (note “cheating” recipe) but I think gherkins just refer to the size of the cucumber (smaller ones)?

  5. Great for grilled meat and BBQs. Nothing beats a good pickle for side dish. I am in the mood for this pickling streak this summer 😉
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