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Jabara Ponzu Pickled Cucumbers (ジャバラきゅうり)

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Units Scale
  • 3 Mini Cucumbers (or 2 Japanese cucumbers) (200g)
  • 4 tbsp ponzu (60ml)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (12g)
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Remove ends of cucumbers.
  2. Place chopsticks on each side of the cucumbers and make diagonal cuts (about 1mm thickness) all the way. Flip to other side without changing direction and slice diagonally again.
  3. Slice into bite size pieces.
  4. Mix salt and water. Add cucumbers and massage the salty water into the cucumbers. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, mix seasoning ingredients into a bag. Remove cucumbers and squeeze excess moisture out. Add it to the seasoning back and remove air. Seal and allow it to pickle in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  6. Add it to a bowl, garnish with sesame seeds. Serve and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: pickling
  • Cuisine: vegan, japanese

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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. This is definitely the most fun way to eat cucumbers! The short pickle leaves them crunchy, fresh and perfectly seasoned. This is also an incredibly versatile base recipe – add spices or flavors you enjoy to change it up! I ate them as a snack and added chili crunch and sesame oil if they were perfection!

  2. Sehr lecker. Kann ich nur empfehlen. Sehr einfach und mega lecker
    Was ganz neues für Europäer
    Weiter so ich freue mich auf neue ideen

  3. This is an amazing recipe for a lazy day!!! I only spend 3 min to make the whole thing and It taste amazing as it looks. Perfect with rice or any dish.

  4. Made this a couple days ago for the week as a side dish and I could not believe how simple the recipe was, yet how good it tasted!! I might make this every week. Thanks so much!!