From Serious Eats

From Serious Eats

note: this is a super simple snack or appetizer that's refreshing on a hot day.  Portions are approximate.  You want the vinegar mixture to cover most of the cucumbers.


  • 3/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar or stevia
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 4 cups thinly sliced Japanese or English cucumbers (about 3 Japanese or 1 English)
  • Optional: italian or thai basil, red pepper flakes, or sesame seeds.


  1. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat. Add cucumber slices and stir. Cover with a clean kitchen towel or a double layer of heavy duty paper towels, pressing down until towel is saturated with liquid and in direct contact with the cucumbers. Let rest 10 minutes, then transfer cucumbers to a sealable container. Top up with liquid and discard the rest. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.