How to Peel and Seed a Cucumber

Three Methods:Seeding a Halved CucumberSeeding a Quartered CucumberPeeling a Cucumber

Some recipes require cucumbers to be peeled and seeded before use. Seed the cucumber first so that the peel can hold the flesh together. Then, peel the cucumber.

Method 1
Seeding a Halved Cucumber

Use a spoon to scoop the seeds from a cucumber that has been cut in half. You can chop off the ends of leave them on, depending on the requirements of your recipe.

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    Wash the cucumber under a stream of cool water.
    • Make sure to wash all the cucumbers you have!
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    Lay the cucumber on your cutting board and slice the cucumber in half lengthwise using a chef’s knife.
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    Scoop out the seeds using the tip of a spoon.
    • Using a butter knife is also a best way to remove the seeds from the cucumber.
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    Discard the seeds.

Method 2
Seeding a Quartered Cucumber

When a cucumber has been quartered, you can simply remove the seeds with your chef’s knife.

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    Wash the cucumber in cool water.
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    Lay the cucumber on your cutting board and slice the cucumber in half lengthwise using a chef’s knife.
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    Lay one half of the cucumber on the cutting board with the flesh side down.
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    Cut the cucumber in half again to create two quarters.
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    Pick up one quarter of the cucumber and lay it on one of its flat sides that has exposed flesh.
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    Position your knife over the top of the seeds and slice down diagonally using a downward motion.
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    Remove the seeds and discard them before removing the seeds from all other quarters of the cucumber.

Method 3
Peeling a Cucumber

A paring knife or a vegetable peeler makes peeling the cucumber an easy task.

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    Cut the both ends off of your cucumber.
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    Halve or quarter your cucumber and remove the seeds.
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    Pick up your cucumber section in your non-dominant hand. Use your dominant hand to position the paring knife or vegetable peeler on the part of the peel closest to your body. Point the blade of the knife away from you.
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    Slice away the peel in long strips, taking care not to cut too deeply into the flesh. Slice so that the knife moves away from your body.
    • Sometimes the cucumber can be tender and peeling its skin after cutting will be hard, so make sure to peel the skin and then cut it and remove its seeds!
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    Repeat the process as needed until all sections of the peel are removed.

Tips

  • Blend peeled and seeded cucumbers with sweet onions. Season with salt and pepper to create white gazpacho soup.
  • Add peeled and seeded cucumber to tropical fruit salsas for an additional crunch that will not distract from the flavor of the fruit.

Warnings

  • Cucumbers will begin to turn soggy and oxidize as soon as they are peeled. Use peeled cucumbers quickly for best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife
  • Spoon
  • Paring knife or vegetable peeler

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Categories: Fruits and Vegetables | Peeling Food