Cooked Cucumber Recipe for Korean Nogak Namul

Cooked Cucumber Recipe (Nogak Namul)

Cooked cucumber recipe or Korean Nogak Namul is a simple and delicious way to eat your old, overgrown, over ripe cucumbers. Regular cucumbers can also be used instead.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Keyword banchan, gluten free, old cucumber
KoreanCategory Namul (나물)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 100kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 1 cucumber old overgrown or regular
  • 1 green onion roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbs perilla oil deul gireum 들기름
  • 1 tsp garlic finely chopped
  • 4 Tbs water
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt (Trader Joe's)
  • pinch perilla seeds optional


  • Peel cucumber and cut in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out seeds from the center.
  • Slice cucumber into thin slices.
  • Chop garlic and green onions.
  • Heat 2 Tbs perilla oil in frying pan on medium high.
  • Add cucumbers, garlic and green onions.
  • Sauté on medium heat for 3 minutes.
  • Add 4 Tbs water to pan and continue cooking (2 min or so) until most of the water is gone.
  • Serve warm or cold as side dish.


Garnish with chopped green onions and perilla seeds (deulkkae  들깨).  Serve warm or cold as side dish. Refrigerate leftovers.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 147mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.3mg