Chinese Cucumber Recipe

Stir-fried smacked cucumber

  • serves 6 as a snack
  • Easy

Regional Chinese cuisines are slowly spreading across the UK, breaking the hold of Hong Kong style Cantonese cuisine. This recipe for stir-fried smacked cucumbers is traditionally a beer snack, so you can serve it with drinks, or use it as a side dish



  • cucumber 1
  • oil
  • dried red chillies 2, broken into pieces
  • Szechuan pepper ½ tsp
  • sesame oil


  • Step 1

    Cut the cucumbers into 4cm lengths and then cut each chunk into wedges. Put each piece under the flat of a cleaver and smack down on it with your hand. Cut or scrape off the seeds and put the pieces into a sieve and sprinkle over a little salt. Leave them for 30 minutes and then rinse and pat them dry.

  • Step 2

    Heat a little oil in a wok until very hot and add the chilli and pepper, add the cucumber and stir-fry for a minute, then scoop the lot onto a plate and sprinkle some sesame oil on top.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 38
  • Fat 3.4g
  • Saturates 0.5g
  • Carbs 1g
  • Fibre 0.5g
  • Protein 0.5g
  • Salt 0.1g