How to cut a cucumber for sushi

Why do I need a guide for cutting a cucumber?

Because making sushi requires a certain amount of precision as to how you cut your vegetables. And carrots are very difficult to handle in this respect. For that reason, over the years, sushi makers have developed a cucumber cutting method, passed on from generation to generation, enabling the most novice sushi maker to cut cucumbers like a pro. Today you will learn that method.

The guide

 

Split in half

Pick up a cucumber, preferably an evenly shaped one, and split it along the middle as evenly as you can. Taking off the ends is optional, I chose not to.

 

Take out the core

If you followed the first step correctly, you should have half a cucumber in your hand. Don't worry, it's perfectly normal. With a sharp knife, take the cucumber core, again, as evenly as you can. Bare in mind the that this cucumber is going to be cut into sticks, hopefully even ones - so taking out the core plays a great part in this - if you take it out evenly, you're going to have even cucumber sticks.

 

Split into sticks

Face the cucumber down, and with a sharp knife cut it into 1/2 cm thick sticks. Once your are done, you might want to hold all the sticks together and cut the ends to ensure that they are all the same length (preferably the length of half a nori sheet) - but this is also optional.
Enjoy!

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+1 # Guest 2013-07-18 01:17
Quoting Bsk:
For those of us coming in on an ipad / iphone we don't get the video. These instructions could be more clear.
OR
You might out the visuals up on YouTube.

OR, you might use a computer.
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+1 # Bsk 2011-06-18 22:48
For those of us coming in on an ipad / iphone we don't get the video. These instructions could be more clear.
OR
You might out the visuals up on YouTube.
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0 # Susan 2011-04-30 02:17
The skin debate stems from TYPE of cucumber, the plastic wrapped english long cucumber does not need to be peeled, not by any means. The cucumbers (also an English variety) that come with the waxy skin most certainly DO need to be peeled. The issue at hand is that of variety. I come from Vancouver and the kappa I have here does not have peeled cucumber because the buy the English long variety and it tastes FANTASTIC.
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0 # Guest 2009-08-10 20:01
yumm
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0 # Guest 2009-06-14 23:15

I've never found japanese cucumbers but english cucumbers are sold in the supermarkets where I live and they dont suffer from the bitter problem like american cucumbers do.
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-2 # Guest 2009-02-10 22:07

awesome site i tink the animations ar so kawai >.< coming from a guy that may sound gay
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0 # Guest 2009-01-07 00:57

i agree. :)
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0 # Guest 2009-01-07 00:56

You shouldent be aloud to not peel the skin of thats just not right, :'(
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0 # Guest 2008-12-16 21:15

bitterness in cucumbers stems from a stressed plant....too high moister, temperature or poor nutrition.  A properly grown cucumber is not bitter but rather a bit sweet.  Maybe by returning the cucumber to the grocery store where you purchased it will help the stores order better quality.  Or test it by puncturing the skin and tasting before you take it home.
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0 # Guest 2008-07-27 20:12
You are certainly not suppose to leave the skin!! Have you ever been to a Sushi place?, Geez!
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0 # Guest 2008-07-08 13:41
SUSHI SUSHI SUSHI I LOVE SUSHI YUM
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-3 # Guest 2008-05-11 04:09
I HOPPPPE THAT SUSHI WOULD LAST FOREVER. >< oops. sryz for th ovr enthu. ^-^
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0 # Guest 2008-05-11 04:08
Yee... not if u use jap cucumber. Its available on th market. ^^
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0 # Guest 2008-05-11 04:07
Yee...
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-2 # Guest 2008-04-17 02:53
leaving the skin will make the cucumber pulp taste sour. has anybody noticed that?
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+2 # Guest 2008-02-28 22:49
You mean peel the skin? On the contrary, you should leave the skin be.
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+2 # Guest 2008-02-24 13:19
Do we have to peer the skin before using it?
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+1 # Guest 2007-12-14 18:02
I love me some sushi!
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0 # Guest 2007-11-04 19:40
First comment! There are defanatly alot of things to learn abou sushi!
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