Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: shrimp and about 1/2 cup cucumber mixture)

Gently smashing fresh cucumber slices helps them absorb much more of the vinaigrette, almost as if they’ve been marinating overnight. It’s a popular technique in many parts of Asia because cucumbers take on sweet, sour, and spicy flavors so well. Start with firm cucumbers and smash with about as much force as you’d smash a garlic clove to remove its papery skin (the slices should be just slightly broken down, not pulpy). Serve this light summer entrée with hot cooked brown rice, and sprinkle with chopped roasted peanuts for a little extra crunch.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add shrimp; cook 3 minutes on each side. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce; cook 30 seconds.

Step 2

Place remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 2 teaspoons soy sauce, and remaining ingredients in a large ziplock bag; seal and shake. Lay bag flat on a cutting board. Use a rolling pin or the side of a knife to gently smash cucumber mixture a few times so that slices just begin to break into large pieces. Serve cucumber mixture with shrimp.