Cucumber pickles

Oijangajji 오이장아찌

I’m introducing Korean style salty cucumber pickles (oijangajji). Unlike Western cucumber pickles, oijangajji is seasoned with a lot of other condiments and spices, which makes it good for side dishes. After we make the pickles I’ll show you how to make two side dishes that use oijangajji.

When you choose cucumbers, make sure they are firm and the skin of the cucumbers is dark green, so that it will be crunchy when they are made into pickles.

How to make Korean style salty cucumber pickles (oijangajji):


Kirby cucumbers (5 pound: 2.5 kilograms), water, kosher salt, vinegar, apples


  1. Wash and drain 5 pounds of cucumbers.
  2. In a large pot put 9 cups water, 1 cup kosher salt, and 1 cup vinegar.
  3. Remove the cores from two small apples. Slice the apples thinly and put them into the pot.
  4. Stir the pot of brine and apple slices with a wooden spoon until the salt on the bottom of the pot has dissolved.
  5. Bring to a boil over high heat for about 40 minutes.
  6. Strain the cooked apples.
  7. Put the cucumbers into the hot brine. Turn them over with a wooden spoon
  8. Let the pot sit until the brine cools down.
  9. Move the cucumbers into a glass jar and pour the brine over the cucumbers.
  10. Close the lid and let it sit for 12-24 hours at room temperature
  11. Drain the cucumbers by pouring out the brine into a pot.
  12. Boil the brine again for 10 minutes to sterilize it.
    *tip: leave the cucumber in the jar
  13. Turn off the heat and let the brine cool down.
  14. Pour the brine into the cucumbers and refrigerate it.
    *tip: Wait at least 1 week to start eating

Yes, one week! : )

Ok, let’s make two kinds of authentic side dishes with oijangajji!

Oijangajji muchim (Korean style cucumber pickle side dish)


2 pickled cucumbers (about ¾ to 1 cup), Korean hot pepper flakes (gochugaru), garlic, green onion, green chili pepper, honey, toasted sesame oil, roasted toasted sesame seeds


  1. Slice 2 cucumber pickles thinly and put them into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1-2 ts of hot pepper flakes, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 tbs chopped green onion, 2 ts chopped green chile pepper, ½ ts honey, and ½ ts toasted sesame oil. Mix well with your hand.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle ½ tbs roasted sesame seeds.oijangajjimuchim

Serve with rice!

Oijangajji naengguk (cold cucumber pickle soup)


2 cucumber pickles, garlic, vinegar, Korean hot pepper flakes (gochugaru), kosher salt, green onion, green chile pepper, red chile pepper or red bell pepper, honey, and ice cubes


  1. Slice 2 pickled oijangajji thinly and put it into a glass bowl.
  2. Add 1 clove of minced garlic, 2 ts vinegar, 1 ts hot pepper flakes, 1 ts kosher salt, 1 tbs chopped green chile pepper, 1 tbs chopped green onion, 1 tbs chopped red bell pepper or red chile pepper, 1 ts honey, and combine it with a spoon.
  3. Add 1 cup purified water, 7-8 ice cubes , and mix it.

Serve with rice.

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  1. martinango California joined 12/19 & has 7 comments

    I trimmed the ends of the cucumbers. Will this cause problems? I used Persian cucumbers will that work?

  2. MerryLane Maine joined 8/19 & has 1 comment

    How long does the pickle last refrigerated? I have had lactose fermented pickles last for months, but this has sugar and vinegar. So is this technically a fermented pickle?

  3. Jinjoo-Toad Bremerton, WA, United States joined 1/16 & has 1 comment

    Hello! I am making oijangajji for the first time this week. I don’t have pictures yet, but I just put the jar of pickles in brine in the fridge. It’s taken me many years to get up the courage to do this, Maangchi! Thank you for keeping up the inspiration and encouragement!

  4. Lynnjamin New York joined 11/14 & has 31 comments

    I just had some friends over for dinner, none very familiar with Korean food. This recipe for oi jangaji muchim was everyone’s favorite part of the meal. When they were done eating, they all gathered around the iPad to watch Maangchi videos while I cleaned up. So, now there are 4 new Korean food fans.

  5. After a week, do I throw away the brine? Or should I leave the cucumbers in the brine till I eat them? Will it get too salty? Thank you!

  6. xiaomei88 Dallas joined 7/13 & has 3 comments

    Maangchi – Im trying to make some of the pickles. I have two jars, but when I reboiled the brine after 24 hours I lost a bit of it due to evaporation/spilling. Now on my second jar the tops of some of the tops of the pickles are not fully submerged in the brine. Will this ruin the pickles or should they be alright?


  7. nanasse Amsterdam - Paris joined 10/11 & has 17 comments

    Hi Maangchi!

    I don’t know if you remember but when we met in Amsterdam, I told you that I was wondering if the salt in the oijangajji recipe was normal table salt or not as for me it was way too salty.

    So I made more oijangajji but with 1/2cup of salt and it turned out better for me.
    Then I ask my Korean friend how it was and she said that it was not enough salty.. haha so your recipe is really how it should be ;)
    She explained me that as it is eaten with rice, it has to be really salty.
    Personally I’ll keep it with 1/2cup of salt only but its funny to see how different it can be from one person taste to another ^o^

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

      oh my god, nanasse, your name is Anastasia? : )

      I was going to email you after coming back from my Gapshida trip last year but never had a chance.

      After meeting you at Sarah’s house in Amsterdam with my other readers, I went to Rotterdam. When I met Reinier who uploaded some oijangajji photos on my website, I asked him. “Reinier, someone I met in Amsterdam said my oijangajji is way too salty. Do you think so?” Reinier said, “no, it’s ok for me..”

      If you don’t use enough salt in oijangajji it will turn out soggy. I was going to email you about it but never had a chance.
      Do you remember I had a small notebook where I wrote everybody’s names and email addresses? I just looked you up.

      I noticed that you’ve been posting all kinds of beautiful Korean food photos on my website these days, but I never knew it was you!

      Cheers, Anastasia!

  8. Borabora Chicago, IL joined 11/12 & has 1 comment

    I tried making this but the pickles came out too salty. Can I dump some of the brine out and then add more water to the jar to make it less salty? I took the pickles I sliced already and soaked them in water, but I don’t want to do that every time I make this banchan.

  9. Shanneene Australia joined 5/12 & has 8 comments

    Hi there. I was wondering, if I could use Lebanese cucumbers to make this side dish.

  10. Molly2066 Vancouver Canada joined 11/11 & has 2 comments

    Hi, I have a question, What kind of vinegar we should use? The rice wine one? or just the normal one?

  11. Chiba California joined 9/10 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi,
    Does it matter what kind of apples to use for this recipe? It looks like you used Fuji apples.
    And, if you don’t already know it, you are wonderful! Thanks for all your hard work!!!

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