Spicy cucumber side dish

Oi-muchim 오이무침

I’m going to share a super simple recipe with you today that’s one of my all time favorites. It’s a spicy Korean cucumber salad side dish called oi-muchim. If you have a nice seedless English cucumber, you can make this delicious banchan in just a few minutes. During my round the world Gapshida trip to meet my readers in 2011, I made this dish almost everywhere I went. Everybody loved it. Who wouldn’t like cold, fresh, crispy, seasoned cucumber? Each bite is succulent and wonderful!

Oi means “cucumber” in English, and muchim means “mixed” or “seasoned,” so many people simply call this dish “seasoned cucumber”.  Many Koreans have their own version of it, so you’ll find many variations from family to family. This one is mine, and I’ve been using it for a long time. It’s also one of the dishes in my cookbook.

A major tip for this recipe is to make it and mix it just before serving, which will keep it crisp and fresh and prevent it from getting watery. It’s perfectly for a summertime BBQ – refreshing and just spicy enough to give you a little kick!

Enjoy the recipe! Let me know if you make it!

Ingredients (Serves 4)


  1. Cut the cucumber lengthwise in half and cut diagonally into thin slices.slice cucumbers
  2. Put the cucumber into a large bowl. Add the onion, green onion, garlic, soy sauce, hot pepper flakes, toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds, and sugar.Spicy Korean cucumber salad (oimuchim: 오이무침)
  3. Mix it well with a spoon until the sugar is well dissolved.Spicy Korean cucumber salad (oimuchim: 오이무침)
  4. Serve as a side dish for rice, noodles, or BBQ.


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  1. Wholeworldtaylor Michigan joined 11/22 & has 1 comment

    I used to work at a Korean bbq and I miss their food all the time. I live in the Midwest so Korean bbq is very hard and expensive to come by. I’m so glad I’ve found this site to make these recipes. I always get a delight out of the joyful videos as well. These cucumbers are just as delicious as I hoped!

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  2. Sakshi Boston joined 4/22 & has 1 comment

    I made this side dish today and it’s so delicious. Love that it’s so easy to make too❤️

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  3. jkhuskey United States, Temple, Texas joined 3/22 & has 1 comment

    Maangchi, thank you for the delicious recipe! I was stationed in Korea in 1994-1995 (Sanju-ri). One of the things I cherish most from my time living there, aside from the people and culture, is the delicious food!! I sometimes share this experience with my family by finding recipes and making the dishes I enjoyed the most. We have several Korean restaurants in the area, all of which are fantastic but sometimes it is fun to make these wonderful dishes at home. Tonight, I made Galbi, Oi Muchim (your recipe) and rice. This was my first time making Galbi. It turned out really great but was made much better with the side dish made with your recipe! My son (15) loved all of it. Thank you, again!

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  4. AdelineYap Malaysia joined 7/21 & has 5 comments

    Annyeonghaseyo Maangchi
    Kamsahamida for the recipe. Yummy delicious bachan.. 오이무침.

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  5. simone Bochum, Germany joined 9/11 & has 5 comments

    I made it today and it‘s the perfect summer dish when served cold right from the fridge

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