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This is a quick guide on how to slice up a cucumber for sushi. This process removes the center portion of the cucumber and leaves only the crunchy outer portion to be used in your rolls. One cucumber will make 16 strips from this process, enough for ~8 sushi rolls. Leftover cucumber sticks make a tasty snack!
Below is a video guide on how to slice these cucumber strips! Note, before filming, the cucumber was cut to be the length of the long side of a sheet of nori.
What to Make
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Cucumber Strips for Sushi
- 1 large cucumber
- Wash and dry the cucumber.
- Hold the cucumber next to the long side of a nori sheet, slice off the ends of the cucumber so it’s now the length of the nori sheet.
- Quarter the cucumber lengthwise, creating 4 strips.
- Stand each strip up vertically and use a sharp knife to slice off the watery/seedy center portion of the cucumber leaving only the crunchy edge. Discard the center.
- Take each strip and slice it in half lengthwise, then slice each of those in half lengthwise again, creating 4 strips (16 strips total)
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