Friday, August 21, 2009

Stir-fried Cukes

Surprisingly tasty, like soy sauce-flavored crunchy squash. Try this if you've got some cucumbers hanging around and you're a little pickled out. Or if you're in a vegetable rut.
I divided this recipe by three because I was fully expecting not to like this.
I apologize, perky little magazine article. You were right; these are indeed tender-crisp and bursting with fresh, full flavor.
3 medium-sized cucumbers
3 T. salad oil (I used canola)
5 t. soy sauce
1/4 t. sugar
1/4 c. water
Peel and halve each cucumber lengthwise. Cut into one-inch chunks.
In 5-quart Dutch oven or 10-inch skillet over high heat, in very hot salad oil, cook cucumbers, stirring quickly and constantly until well coated with oil. Add rest of ingredients, cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally.



Blogger Carpool Queen said...

Lynn, you know I love you more than my luggage. But I may have to pass on this one:0

August 21, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Ok, now I've tried many things in my day...but never a stir-fried cucumber. Hmm. And you liked it, huh? Hmm. I'll give it some thought. Hmm.
:) I love how adventurous you are in the kitchen.

August 21, 2009 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Carpoolqueen and Lori, it will shock you if you google stir fried cucumbers. Who knew?!

August 21, 2009 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Sherri Murphy said...

I've never heard of these've got me curious.

August 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

I hadn't heard of them either, Sherri, until I accidentally stumbled on this recipe today and just had to try it. I was really surprised -- they were tasty!

August 21, 2009 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Keeper of the Home said...

Hey there Mrs. Lynn ~

Thank you so much for visiting with me at my blog.

As for the immersion blender substitute, yes, your blender would be just great for this. Or if you have smaller batches of this to make, use your pastry cutter. It will slice up the tomatoes but leave you with a nice chunky style sauce. Now I say small batches because you don't want to burn your hand by trying to cut all the veggies in the hot sauce.

~Mrs. M

August 21, 2009 at 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Faith said...

I've been seeing more recipes for cooked cucumbers lately (baked cucumbers, mostly). I've never tried cooked cukes , but I'm curious...I might give them a try!

August 22, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Faith, now you've got me curious --I hadn't heard of baked cucumbers before. I wonder if they're good.

August 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger The Bumbles said...

Ah - perfect! Cukes are the only things we were able to grow this summer without incident. Always looking for new ways to enjoy them.

August 23, 2009 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Libby@CookingWithLibby said...

I have some cucumbers that I need to use this may be something I could try :)

August 26, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Chats the Comfy Cook said...

I never would have thought to cook a cuke but you made this sound appetizing.

August 29, 2009 at 11:49 PM  

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