Quick Salt Pickled Cucumbers

kirby cucumbers

The name of the recipe says it all: cucumbers are quickly pickled in salt and sugar. There’s more sugar than salt in the pickles, but I don’t think “Quick Sugar Pickles” is as tantalizing. These pickles really are quick. Slice up some kirby cucumbers, toss in a 3:1 mix of sugar to salt, wait twenty minutes, eat!

slicing cucumbers

Cucumbers are fresh, crisp and delicious unadorned, but quick pickling them turns them into addictive little coins of goodness! The salty-sweet combination cannot be beat. Mike used to eat cucumbers with sugar when he was little and I always thought the idea was kind of disgusting, but now I know what he’s talking about. Sugar and cucumbers rock!

cucumbers with sugar and salt

Make these cucumbers for the pork buns, the chicken & egg oyako-don, or just for a quick snack.

6 Comments add yours

  1. we used to grow them in the back and my parents would do this…..put them in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, white vinegar and sugar …don’t have measurements….i just usually use a tsp of each and add whatever it needs more of…..try that and tell me what you think…..i loved it as a child and now my family loves it too….

  2. Since first using this recipe I have almost every week made another batch and snacked on it all week.

    Jeff Martin on June 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm
  3. Why 3:1? The recipe in the book is 1:1.

  4. Can anybody advise me how to repair my “too salty” cucumbers – apparently I put too much salt in the brine ….other than that they are crispy and delicious!

  5. Hi,
    I see that I am 1 Year from your question. Anyway, here is the answer:
    You can rinse them in cool water or even let them for a few hours.
    Hope this helps you.

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