Stir-Fried Cucumber with Egg

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This Stir-Fried Cucumber with Egg features crunchy and juicy cucumbers sautéed with rich scrambled eggs. It comes together quickly in just one pan, perfect for busy weeknight dinners.

A plate of stir fried cucumbers with eggs.

Though I’m not a huge fan of raw cucumber, I really enjoy sautéed cucumber. Once stir-fried briefly, cucumber still retains its crunchiness and juiciness and its natural sweetness becomes more pronounced.

In this cucumber stir-fry with egg dish, the addition of garlic and scrambled eggs add flavors, softness, and richness to the sautéed cucumber. I find the dish refreshing and fun to eat with rice.

Prepare the Cucumbers

This dish not only is quick and easy to cook but also requires very few ingredients. You will need cucumbers, eggs, and garlic. I use salt and pepper to season the dish, but you can also add a dash of soy sauce and toasted sesame oil for more umami and flavors. The dish is healthy and naturally vegetarian.

Prepare cucumbers for stir-frying: remove seeds, cut on a bias into slices

Before cooking, we will need to scoop out all the seeds inside the cucumbers, cut into slices and toss them with some salt. This step helps to remove excess moisture, and as a result, the cucumber slices will retain their crunchiness in the stir-fry. Salt also helps to bring out the natural sweetness of cucumber.

How to Stir-Fry Cucumber with Egg

The cooking steps are quite similar to those in this Bitter Melon Stir-Fry with Egg recipe. Both are tasty, but if you don’t like the bitterness of bitter melon, I think you will like the cucumber version more.

A plate of cucumber slices stir fried with garlic and eggs.

First, sauté cucumber with garlic for a couple of minutes to heat it through thoroughly, enhance the sweetness and lose the raw taste. I have tried a version where the cucumber slices are stir-fried until soft, however, I think it’s not as good as when they are still crisp.

Next, push the cucumbers to one side of the pan and pour beaten eggs into the empty side of the pan. Let the bottom of the eggs set, and then toss eggs and cucumber slices together quickly.

Stir frying cucumbers with beaten eggs

You can see that the dish comes together so fast. Therefore, make sure you have all ingredients ready before turning on the stove. Also, be careful not to overcook the eggs.

Detailed measurements and instructions are in the recipe card below. I know cooking cucumber sounds like a strange idea, but I hope you will give this fun dish a try.

A plate of cucumber slices sautéed with garlic and eggs. Serve with rice.

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Stir-fried Cucumber with Egg

Stir-Fried Cucumber with Egg

This Stir-Fried Cucumber with Egg features crunchy and juicy cucumbers sautéed with soft scrambled eggs. It comes together quickly in just one pan, perfect for busy weeknight dinners.
Author: Sophie
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb cucumbers (about 2-3 cucumbers)
  • salt
  • 3 medium to large eggs
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • pepper

Instructions
 

  • Peel cucumbers (either peel off all the skins or leave some skins to create alternating stripes). Slice in half lengthwise and scoop out all the seeds, then cut the cucumbers into thin slices on a bias.
  • Place cucumber slices in a bowl and toss with 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  • Beat the eggs and season with a pinch of salt. Set aside.
  • After 20 minutes, rinse the cucumber slices under running water, drain and spread them on some paper towels to absorb excess water.
  • Place a pan over medium heat. Add some olive oil and once the oil is hot, add minced garlic. Sauté garlic for a few seconds until fragrant, then add cucumbers. Sauté for 1-2 minutes until cucumbers are heated through with no raw taste left. Season with a bit more salt to taste if needed.
  • Push cucumber slices to one side of the pan. Add beaten eggs to the empty side of the pan. Let the bottom of the eggs set, then stir-fry and toss cucumbers with eggs briefly. This should be done quickly to avoid overcooking the eggs.
  • When the eggs are cooked to your liking, transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle freshly cracked pepper on top.

Notes

You can also add a dash of soy sauce (to taste) for more umami, or drizzle a touch of toasted sesame oil at the end for more fragrance.
Please feel free to slice the cucumber thinner or cook them for longer if you like them to be softer.
I like to keep the scrambled eggs soft and fluffy. After adding the eggs, lower the heat if needed to control the doneness on the eggs.

Nutrition

Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizers and Side dishes, Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: cucumber and egg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I tried this today and it was magical. I was going to save some for leftovers, but I ended up eating the whole pan.

  2. 5 stars
    New to cooking, this dish was a confidence builder! Great texture with cucumber and eggs. I added leftover pork chop (thinly sliced).

  3. This has become my go-to recipe for dealing with cucumbers when the CSA sends me an excess. I usually throw in some diced chili pepper too.

  4. Love this dish. I grew up with this dish. I’m 50 so you know this dish has been around. Great that you are featuring this classic.

    1. Hi Barry,
      Thank you for the additional information. I didn’t know it has been around that long. I first had it in Singapore and liked it a lot. Thanks again for the comment!

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