Spicy Cucumber Dipping Sauce

July/August 1995

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A bright accompaniment for grilled fish or shellfish.

Spicy Cucumber Dipping Sauce

Makes: About 1 cup

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  • 2 small cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 fresh hot red or jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup rice-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  1. Using a mortar and pestle or working on a cutting board with the flat of a large knife, mash the garlic, pepper, sugar and salt into a paste. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in vinegar, cucumber and lime juice. Add a small amount of water if the sauce is too acidic for your taste. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.


Per tablespoon: 10 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 163 mg sodium; 8 mg potassium.

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