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spicy Korean cucumber salad (Oi Muchim) with sesame seeds on a white plate
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5 from 60 votes

Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

This spicy Korean cucumber salad is tangy, sweet, salty, and crunchy! An easy recipe made with cocktail cucumbers and Korean red pepper flakes for some spice! 
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Servings: 4
Calories: 75kcal


  • 10 cocktail cucumbers - chopped into ½ inch rounds (about 2¾ cups of chopped cucumbers)
  • 1 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt



  • Add the cucumber rounds in a large bowl and add the sea salt and 1 Tablespoon of rice wine vinegar. Mix it together and let it marinate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, add all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and set it aside.
  • After 30 minutes, drain out the excess liquid from the marinated cucumbers and rinse them under water twice. Taste a cucumber to see if it's too salty and give it another rinse if needed.
  • Add the dressing to the pickled cucumbers and serve immediately.


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 873mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg