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Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

Crisp and refreshing Korean Cucumber Salad with a delicious sweet and spicy soy sauce.

This asian cucumber salad, like our popular Spicy Cucumber Recipe and Pickled Cucumber recipe, is ready in as little as 10 minutes! 

Asian Cucumber Salad

Called “Oi Muchim” in Korean, the name loosely translates to “seasoned cucumbers”; “Oi” meaning cucumber, while “muchim” means “to season or to coat”.

Enjoy this Korean Cucumber Salad recipe as a healthy cucumber snack recipe or serve as a Korean side dish (Banchan).

Sliced cucumbers on a white cutting board next to small bowl of ingredients.


Here are the “non-pantry” ingredients you need to make this dish. The full list of ingredients is listed in the recipe card below.

  • Cucumbers
  • Gochugaru (Korean Chili Flakes)
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil

Types of Cucumbers

Feel free to use any cucumber you can get your hands on. Here are the best cucumbers to use:

  • Korean Cucumber
  • Kirby
  • Continental
  • Persian
  • English

Asian cucumber salad in a white bowl.

How To Make

This crunchy asian salad doesn’t require much time to prepare, but it is all hands-on time.

Here’s the general steps you’re looking at, when making. For the full recipe, reference the detailed recipe card below. 

  • Prep the Cucumbers – Slice the cucumbers, salt for up to 30 minutes, and rinse.
  • Mix – Add all the ingredients to a medium size mixing bowl and mix away!

salted Cucumber slices in a white bowl.

Marinated Cucumbers

To maximize the flavors, the excess water from the cucumber slices will need to be drawn out.

To do this, place the cucumber slices in a colander, lightly salt and let sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, up to 30 minutes. Rinse, dry and start mixing with the other ingredients.

Korean Cucumber Side Dish

This Korean side dish can be served alongside many different recipes. This dish, along with Korean Garlic Bread, are our absolute favorites.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes to serve it with:

Beef Bulgogi
Sous Vide Tri Tip (with Korean Marinade)
Korean Chicken
Korean Short Ribs
Korean Noodles

Slice of kirby being picked up with chopsticks.


Cucumber Onion Salad

To make this a cucumber onion salad recipe, just throw thinly sliced red onions to the mix. No other edits are necessary.

Extra Spicy Korean Salad

As written, it’s a spicy but on the low end of the heat scale. If you’re into super spicy salads, just increase the amount of Korean flakes you add to the mix.

Asian side dish on a white plate with chopsticks.


  • While most cucumber recipes are best after marinating for a few hours to develop the flavor, this bad boy is ready to go after mixing.
  • Make this salad recipe right before serving to avoid soggy cucumbers.
Korean cucumber salad on a white plate.

Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

Crisp and refreshing cucumber salad with a delicious sweet and spicy soy sauce. This asian cucumber salad, like our popular Spicy Cucumber Recipe and Pickled Cucumber recipe, is ready in as little as 10 minutes! 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Asian Recipes, Cucumber Recipes, Korean Side Dish
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $5.00


  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 stalks green onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp gochugaru
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp sugar


  • Thinly slice the cucumbers (1/8") and transfer to a colander (place over a plate to catch the water). Toss with the salt and let sit for 5 minutes (up to 30 minutes) to draw out the excess moisture. Rinse and dry.
  • Transfer the cucumber slices to a large mixing bowl and add the green onions
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the dried-out cucumber, scallion or green onion, and garlic. Then add gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes), rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, sesame seeds and sugar. Gently mix them together until the cucumber is well coated.
  • Serve immediately for best texture and flavor.
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Saturday 14th of October 2023

These sound right up my alley. I just need to run to to my local asian market for the gochugaru. I had already planned on making some Char Su Bbq this weekend so I think will go perfect.

Darcey Olson

Wednesday 18th of October 2023

I love Char Su Pork!! Hope you enjoyed it!