Braised Cucumbers


I searched on the internet for braised cucumbers after watching "Julie and Julia" for the umpteenth time. There weren't many recipes, and they were all different. I took the information from the recipes and meshed them together, deleting some ingredients and adding others. The dish turned out wonderful. This is a side dish that I have served with quite a few different types of main dishes. It seems to go with almost any type of food.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 large cucumbers - peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch chunks

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon crushed dried mint

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place cucumbers in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle kosher salt over the top; toss to coat and let rest, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Drain cucumbers and discard any accumulated liquid.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir cucumbers in hot butter until cucumbers are heated through and color starts to change, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Transfer cucumbers to a serving dish; season with lemon juice, mint, and black pepper.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

103 Calories
9g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 103
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 2946mg 128%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 319mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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