These Sesame Cucumber Noodles are part yummy Asian sauce and part spiralizer love. That adds up to the easiest lunch you can pull out of the fridge! Cucumber spaghetti is easy to make and you can spiralize them the night before.
What inspired this spiralized cucumber recipe?
Today I’m sharing my latest favorite lunch—Easy Sesame Cucumber Noodles. It’s kind of a PF Chang’s Copycat with spiralized cucumber instead of cut into chunks.
To me, that makes it seem more like a real meal and more filling. Of course, they discontinued the dish, but I still make this to satisfy my cravings.
This recipe is so easy, I can hardly call it a recipe. With that said, I’ve been eating it every day for lunch the past 2 weeks just because of its ease.
Can I use a different sauce on my cucumber pasta?
You could also switch the cucumber noodles up with zoodles if that’s what you have an abundance of.
How do I make cucumber noodles or cucumber spaghetti?
The easiest and quickest way is to use a spiralizer. It turns zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, and more into veggie “pasta.”
There are several types: the changeable blade model that has suction cups to hold it steady on the counter while you use it, a hand-held model that’s a little cheaper, and a variation of the first that uses gravity to make it easier to use.
What if I don’t have a spiralizer?
You can use a peeler to cut long narrow strips from the cucumber. It won’t look like pasta, but it will still have a good mouthfeel.
First, keep an eye out at the Amazon Warehouse for a return. Those are usually dented boxes and the like, but you can often get cheap kitchen appliances that way. I’d go ahead and bookmark that link!
My second place to recommend is thrift stores. I’ve gotten one for most of my friends and have even upgraded my own a few times with second-hand store finds. I even got a couple that was new and never used!
Ingredients for Sesame Cucumber Noodles
Here’s a quick list of this yummy Asian dish:
- English cucumber — 1 large, or about 2 large regular ones
- Soy sauce or tamari —or use coconut aminos to make it soy-free and gluten-free
- Rice vinegar
- Toasted sesame oil — use tahini or just leave out to make no oil added
- Toasted sesame seeds
How to make Sesame Cucumber Noodles
It’s easy! First, spiralize the cucumber and break the noodles into soba-sized lengths.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Toss the noodles in and mix. Plate up and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
What do English cucumbers taste like?
English cucumber tastes milder and less bitter than regular cucumbers and the middles are often firmer too. While they’re often promoted as seedless, they do have seeds, only smaller so they’re easier to eat, too. They also do not need de-seeding, and even their skin is edible.
English cucumbers have unwaxed skin, so they’re typically sold with plastic wrapped around them. That means you can eat the peel if you’d like.
Many veggies retain their texture when blanched and then frozen, but not cucumber. Cucumbers, when blanched and stored conventionally, do not freeze well.
Can you substitute soy sauce for tamari?
In many cases, yes. It’s highly likely that the tamari you’re seeing in some recipes is there because the recipe is gluten-free. (Most soy sauce varieties have gluten in them, that’s why).
So, you may sub the tamari in the recipe for soy sauce, and vice versa, using a 1:1 ratio—but not always. In some recipes, using too much soy sauce can be overpowering, as it tends to have more salt.
Tamari, on the other hand, has a richer and deeper soy flavor. But then again it can depend largely on what brand you’re using.
Tamari is 100% soy and wheat-free, so it tastes like a mellow, less salty, and more nuanced soy sauce. Traditional soy sauce contains wheat, which gives it a harsh, almost vinegar-like flavor that you don’t get from tamari.
Quick answer: no. White vinegar and rice vinegar may look similar, especially in their color, but they taste completely different.
White vinegar is sour, sharp, and harsh, while rice vinegar is actually sweeter and more delicate. White vinegar is super aggressive and acidic—you can even use it in cleaning out some household stuff.
No, they come from two different sources—you might have noticed how their names give it away! 😉
Despite the difference, you may substitute one for the other in many recipes, such as sushi rice and marinades. It’s just that apple cider vinegar is a little stronger and cloudier than rice vinegar. At least it’s still on the milder side.
Which is better: sesame oil or toasted sesame oil?
They’re both great! It’s just that they serve different purposes. Toasted sesame oil comes from roasted sesame seeds. It would be more flavorful, but that makes it better for finishing than cooking.
You can use either in this recipe or leave it out entirely to make it oil-free.
More recipes to try
There’s a lot more to do with cucumbers! You can have some quick pickle with cucumber and onions for nice side tofu dishes in the summer.
Also, when you’re in the mood for cocktails, mocktails, and other refreshments, you could add some kale cucumber cups from Vegan Finger Foods for your finger food party.
- 1 large English cucumber or about 2 large regular ones
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (or use coconut aminos to make it soy-free and gluten-free)
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, or use tahini to make no oil added
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
- Spiralize the cucumber. Break the noodles into soba-sized lengths.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Toss the noodles in and mix. Plate up and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 355Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 25gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2769mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 3gSugar 5gProtein 10g
Nutrition information is provided from nutritionix.com as a close estimate. If you have specific health issues please put the recipe information, including the exact ingredients you use, into the nutritional calculator your Dr. recommends.