Tataki kyuri (smashed cucumber salad)

20 Apr

tataki kyuri

I tried this chilled cucumber salad at a Japanese pop-up kitchen the other day, and was intrigued both by the texture and the depth of flavour.

Turns out giving the cucumbers a few whacks with a rolling pin before dressing them is the secret.

Those small, hard “snack-size” cucumbers work best, though I imagine the thin, curly Lebanese ones would be good too.

I’ve kept the dressing simple – just soy sauce, sesame oil and a little splash of rice vinegar (or yuzu citrus seasoning) for brightness.

Tataki kyuri (smashed cucumber salad)

  • 3 small cucumbers
  • 1 Tb Japanese soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp rice vinegar (or yuzu citrus seasoning)
  • toasted sesame seeds, to garnish
  1. Wash and dry the cucumbers, and trim off the ends. Place them in a small ziplock bag and seal well.
  2. Bash the cucumbers several times with the end of a rolling pin. Break any large chunks into bite-size pieces.
  3. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar to the bag, reseal, and give the cucumbers a little massage.
  4. Chill for one hour, drain, garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

4 Responses to “Tataki kyuri (smashed cucumber salad)”

  1. Jennifer Wellings April 20, 2018 at 8:31 am #

    I do love reading your recipes and long for the availability of some of your products – I took so many things for granted living in London greek and turkish supermarkets or any other kind except “local produce”!! “small cucumbers” don’t exist here!! Unless I do a 50 mile round trip to Waitrose!! However still love living here!!
    Hope you are all well love Jenny x

    • Andrea April 20, 2018 at 11:00 am #

      Thanks, Jenny! A definite perk of living in London for sure. All the best to everyone x

  2. Margo April 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    What a fascinatingly simple recipe. Look forward to trying it with my garden cukes this summer

    • Andrea April 24, 2018 at 8:18 am #

      One of those recipes, where something small (the bashing) makes a surprising difference to the end result

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