In Season: 5 Zesty Cucumber Recipes

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This time of year cucumbers are practically taking over farmers' markets and extremely cheap at the supermarket. Most of the time, those pretty cool, green cukes (which are actually fruits!) get tossed into a boring a salad.  We rounded up some cucumber recipes, from simple dishes to ones that surprised us and challenged us to look at cucumbers in another way.

Did You Know?  Fun Food Facts on Cucumber

  • Cucumbers are thought to have originated in either India or Thailand. 
  • Although you can find cucumbers at your market year-round, the peak season is from May through August.
  • Next to tomatoes, cabbage, and onions, cucumbers are the fourth most widely cultivated vegetable in the world.
  • Florida produces the most cucumbers in the United States.

Cucumber Recipes to Try

Shrimp Cucumber Stir Fry.  An easy stir-fry pairing shrimp and refreshing cucumber featuring an oyster-flavored sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

Oi Naengguk (Cold Cucumber Soup). This cold cucumber soup is easy to make and great for summertime. It's prepared simply with fresh cucumbers and a soy sauce-based broth that is slightly sour and slightly sweet.

 

 

 

 

Thai Egg Salad. Forget the lettuce.  Learn how to make Thai Egg Salad that hits all the right notes with classic Thai flavors on a bed of cucumbers.

 

 

 

 

 

Thai Glass Noodle Soup.  This light soup prepared with glass noodles (also known as mung bean noodles) is satisfying and comforting. The cucumbers in the soup give it a great texture contrast. 

 

 

 

 

Oi Jjangachi (Korean Style Pickles).  Unique way to pickle cucumbers that add a fiery zing!

 

 

 

 

 

Related: All cucumber recipes on Asian Supper! 

What's your favorite way to prepare cucumber?