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Cucumber Kimchi (Oi Kimchi)

The crunchy texture and the refreshing taste of cucumbers are perfectly preserved in this fabulous Korean Cucumber Kimchi that is Vegan and Gluten Free

Course Kimchi
Cuisine Korean
Keyword easy, pickles, preserved
KoreanCategory Kimchi (김치)
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 25 servings
Calories 26 kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 5 lb pickling cucumbers Korean, Kirby, Persian, Pickling
  • 60 gram Korean Solar Sea Salt (Cheonilyeom) with bittern removed (60 gram = 1/4 cup)
  • 150 gram chives, Korean or Chinese (150 gram = 5 oz)

Kimchi Seasoning (Yangnyeom)

  • 6 Tbsp Korean red chili powder gochukaru
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 5 Tbsp garlic chopped
  • 2 tsp Korean Cheonilyeom
  • 4 green onions


  1. Cut cucumber ends, and then into halves and then further cut each half horizontally to make 4 flat pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cut cucumbers and sprinkle 1/4 cup cheonilyeom salt. Toss cucumbers with your hands so that they are evenly coated with salt. Pickle for 3 hrs or until cucumbers have shriveled up like so -
  3. While cucumbers are pickling, prepare seasoning by cleaning and chopping chives, green onions and garlic.
  4. When cucumbers are pickled, drain cucumbers in a colander. DO NOT RINSE but just let excess liquid drain for few minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, add the cucumber, red chili powder, sugar, garlic and salt. Mix everything gently.
  6. Transfer cucumbers to a container and leave at room temp for 24 to 36 hrs and then put in fridge. How long you ripen your kimchi at room temp depends on how quickly you want to eat it and keep it. If you want to eat it asap then leave it out 36 hrs or more until it tastes ripe. If you want to store it longer then, put it in the fridge after 24 hrs and let it ripen slowly in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Thin skinned, crunchy cucumbers with little or no seeds like Korean, Kirby pickling, Persian cucumbers that are NOT waxed work best for this recipe. Thick skinned, waxed cucumbers are NOT good for Kimchi making.

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Kimchi (Oi Kimchi)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26
% Daily Value*
Sodium 142mg 6%
Potassium 190mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 18.3%
Vitamin C 8.8%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.