Chilled Garlic Soy Cucumbers

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    These chilled garlic soy cucumbers are a refreshing snack for any hot summer day! Make a batch to accompany your next summer meal!

    I kept thinking yesterday was Wednesday, therefore, I think today is Thursday. This week is really messing with me!

    I finally figured out how to obtain pool passes to our pool in our housing neighborhood! I know, we’ve been living here for two years and I finally went through the paperwork to get us pool passes. I figured might as well because we’re paying HOA fees to upkeep the pool so I need to take advantage! There have been so many times since the pool has opened that I’ve said, “man, I really wish I could go to the pool.” Our pool seems pretty strict with all their “rules” and how to enter. You even have to go into the pool management office and get your photo taken so they can print and laminate your pool pass. Although it’s painful to just obtain a pool pass, I must say I feel rather safe knowing it’s just only the neighborhood and their guests that can use it and no one else can get into it. Stranger danger! Haha…I’m ready to get my tan on!!

    These chilled garlic soy cucumbers are a refreshing snack for any hot summer day! Make a batch to accompany your next summer meal!


    These chilled garlic soy cucumbers are a refreshing snack for any hot summer day! Make a batch to accompany your next summer meal!

    A little story about this recipe…my mom made them for us on the regular when we were growing up. It’s a super simple side dish we would have all the time with dinner and it’s super refreshing in the summertime. Last week, when I was in Scottsdale, I tried to eat everything cold in sight and I dreamt of these chilled garlic soy cucumbers. I remember myself thinking, “man, this meal would be perfect if we had mom’s chilled garlic soy cucumbers.”

    So yeah, if you’re burning up where you are or are having a BBQ or outdoor picnic, you should add this to your list. You let them sit overnight in the fridge and serve them cold. They’re the BEST this way and I just love the crispness of the cucumbers and the Asian flavors! It really takes zero effort to make this and you can tweak the flavors to your liking…more soy sauce, less soy sauce, more garlic, less garlic, etc.

    These chilled garlic soy cucumbers are a refreshing snack for any hot summer day! Make a batch to accompany your next summer meal!

    Chilled Garlic Soy Cucumbers

    These chilled garlic soy cucumbers are a refreshing snack for any hot summer day!
    Prep Time: 12 hrs
    Total Time: 12 hrs
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4 -6
    Calories: 48kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 2 large seedless cucumbers, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
    • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar


    • Place cucumber rounds in a large plastic bag.
    • Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and sugar.
    • Pour mixture over the cucumbers in the plastic bag. Seal the plastic bag tightly and shake the bag around, making sure to coat all the cucumbers.
    • Place in the refrigerator for minimum of 12 hours. If you are able to, give the bag a shake every so often, but if not, definitely give it a good shake before serving.


    Feel free to tweak ingredients to your taste. Prior to pouring the mixture all over the cucumbers, give it a taste to see if it's to your liking.
    Nutrition Facts
    Chilled Garlic Soy Cucumbers
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 48 Calories from Fat 9
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 1g2%
    Carbohydrates 7g2%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 2g4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 


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  • Jenny Flake says:

    These look fabulous! Need to make them asap!!

  • Naomi says:

    Our pool is the same way, passes with photos and al kinds if crazy rules. The cold garlic cucumber sounds so refreshing!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    My mouth is watering just looking at these, Julie! I’m a little obsessed with homemade condiments; can’t wait to try them!

  • Maria says:

    I could eat these all day long!

  • Gaby says:

    I love these flavors, must make this soon!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    These look so refreshing! Love the twist of garlic and soy!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

    These look awesome Julie! And I love those metal chopsticks! I need a pair of those! Where did you get them? I’m in serious love! And do they come with a jar of the cucumbers? :-)

    • Julie says:

      I got the metal chopsticks at the Asian mart! Haha, jar of cucumbers not included ;)

  • Michelle S. says:

    My mom used to make cucumbers as a side while we were growing up too! She used vinegar and shallots. I can’t wait to see how these taste…marinating in the fridge right now!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    Too funny, I finally got around to getting us pool passes last week and it’s our 2nd summer here! Enjoy your pool days Julie – and I gotta try these easy cucumbers!

  • Alexis @ Upside Down Pear says:

    This sounds delicious! I love cucumbers, so I will have to make this soon!!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Oh. Em. Gee. I LOVE chilled cucumbers! A couple of Japanese restaurants around here have served them in a salad and I LOVE them. These look SO refreshing since the temps are approaching 100+ here in CA!

  • Goldnrod says:

    Do you think this would be good made with zucchini? Hubs doesn’t care for cucumbers. However, this looks yummy!

    • Julie says:

      Hmm, it could, but I personally wouldn’t eat raw zucchini just cause it’s not the texture I like. You can give it a try, though! No harm in trying :) good luck!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    These sound amazing! And you’ll be so glad come July that you have those pool passes ;)

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health says:

    I feel you on the pool cravings. That’s all I want to do right now, besides eat refreshing foods like these cucumbers. They look like a perfect summertime snack!

  • Heather Christo says:

    these are so perfect- I love everything about them!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love cucumber salads, I could eat these all summer long!

  • Carrie says:

    I live in Scottsdale and I have been eating cold food for the last two weeks, so I get it. I love cukes. This recipe sounds DELISH. I must try.

  • Darlene says:

    Is it absolutely necessary to leave the skin on the cucumbers?

    • Julie says:

      No, it isn’t. You can remove them if you want.

  • Allison says:

    Totally obsessed with cucumbers right now! I think it’s the time of year. They’re so hydrating. I’ve been marinating them in just plain vinegar, oddly enough, so I can’t wait to try this recipe! I had no idea you could add all of those awesome flavours. So excited to try!

  • Joanne says:

    My fiance’s mom gives us TONS of cukes every year from her garden and normally I’m totally bored of them within five minutes…but I feel like I would happily eat these by the bowlful!

  • marla says:

    These cucumbers look so summer fresh & perfect for the 4th!!

  • Marly says:

    I have a friend that makes a chilled cucumber recipe but it has loads of sugar. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tasty. But I like your version without all the sugar. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Kelly @ Trial and Eater says:

    I’m growing cucumbers this year in my garden (for the first time!), so I’m going to have to try this! Sounds like a great flavor combo.

  • Meredith says:

    So delicious! I need to make these!

  • Lynna says:

    I LOVE this dish!! It really is refreshing to eat with many different types of meals, in my opinion, too! :)

  • Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says:

    These cucumbers would be great on so many dishes. YUMMY!!

  • Pamela says:

    I saw this and I made it right away. The garlic that I get in Japan, each clove, is huge. So I only used one clove. I mean they are really huge, bigger than my thumb! Also, I don’t have low-sodium soy sauce here in Japan, I mean they have it, but I don’t have it. So I used slightly less soy sauce. And I left it to sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Boy, these are great! I have a Japanese friend who grows lots of those long Japanese cucumbers during the summer. I am going to share this with her!

    Also, another thing I have found that is really nice, I can keep adding cucumber slices the next day or the next day. It just keeps getting better.

    • Julie says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this and am going to share it with your friend!!

  • J.Lee says:

    I love these. But we always break the cucumbers with a rolling pin in a bag for uneven texture. It’s really nice

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