Ham baguette with spicy cucumber

  • serves 4
  • A little effort

Punchy flavours and pickled cucumber give this ham baguette a spicy kick. It's really easy to make in half an hour, so a perfect lunchtime treat or quick dinner recipe


Want to try a weekend baking project? Make your our baguettes to use for this ham and cucumber sandwich.



  • cooked ham 400g, in one piece or in thick slices
  • spring onions 4, whites and greens separated
  • sesame oil 1 tsp
  • hoisin sauce 3 tbsp
  • dark soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • runny honey 1 tbsp
  • Chinese five-spice powder a pinch
  • cucumber 1/2 
  • sriracha chilli sauce 2 tbsp
  • rice wine vinegar 2 tsp
  • chilli flakes a couple of pinches
  • baguette 1 large or 2 small
  • baby gem lettuce leaves to serve 
  • Japanese mayo to serve (optional) 


  • Step 1

    Use two forks to finely shred the ham, or chop into small cubes. Thinly slice the onion whites, then shred the greens finely and leave in ice-cold water.

  • Step 2

    Mix the sesame oil, hoisin, soy, tomato purée, honey and five-spice, then stir in the spring onion whites and ham.

  • Step 3

    Cut the cucumber into long thin slices. Mix the sriracha and vinegar with a good pinch of salt and the chilli flakes, and toss through the cucumbers to coat. If you can, leave for 15 minutes to marinate.

  • Step 4

    Split the baguette in half horizontally but not all the way through, and fill with the shredded ham, chilli cucumbers, drained spring onion greens, baby gem and mayo. Cut into 4 pieces to serve.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 363
  • Fat 7.7g
  • Saturates 2.1g
  • Carbs 44.7g
  • Fibre 3.2g
  • Protein 27.2g
  • Salt 5.6g