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Soba Noodles with Miso Gochujang Cucumber Pickles Recipe

by Jeanette on August 23, 2013 · 32 Comments
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These Miso Gochujang Cucumber Pickles take almost no time to make and are perfect for a quick meal. The natural juice from the pickles makes a flavorful sauce that is delicious tossed with soba noodles as a cold noodle salad.

Soba Noodles with Miso Gochujang Pickles © Jeanette's Healthy Living

The other day after I got home from a meeting, I opened the refrigerator and found hardly a scrap of leftovers. I was starving so a quick and easy lunch was in order.

Soba noodles are my go-to for lunch when there doesn’t seem to be anything to eat. They take just 6 minutes to cook once the water has come to a boil. That’s just enough time to make these Miso Gochujang Cucumber Pickles. You really can’t go wrong with this combination – two fermented bean products that have tons of flavor.

Soba Noodles with Miso Gochujang Pickles © Jeanette's Healthy Living

The best part of this salad is that the cucumbers let out their natural juices as they sit in the marinade, so you’ll have a flavorful sauce to toss with the soba noodles.

Soba Noodles with Miso Gochujang Pickles © Jeanette's Healthy Living

After the soba noodles are done, be sure to rinse them in cool water well so they don’t stick together. Top with some of these cool and spicy cucumber pickles, and lunch will be ready in no time.

Miso Gochujang Cucumber Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6

This is best eaten the same day. As the cucumber salad sits, water from the cucumber will be released, making a nice sauce for cold soba noodle salad.


  • 4 cups thinly sliced seeded cucumbers
  • Miso Gochujang Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium light miso
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 scallion, minced


  1. Mix together all Miso Gochujang Sauce ingredients in a bowl. Toss with cucumbers and serve.


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  1. This is a real quick and delicious meal to make,loved the instant sweet tart cucumber pickles,they make the soba noodles all the more refreshing,we would love trying out this pickle with other things too,terrific recipe :-)

    • Thanks Kumar – I’ve been having fun with quick pickles this summer. They’re so refreshing and easy to make.

  2. Totally pinned….this looks wonderful Jeanette :)

  3. I am always looking for quick and easy recipes such as your dish here Jeanette. Need to tr it soon! Have a nice weekend =)

  4. Judy Moses says:

    I’ll look for some gochujang and will try this!

  5. Cucumbers and soba sound divine, especially in this heat and humidity. Lovely blog, Jeanette!

    • Thanks for stopping by Nik! Yes, this is a great hot weather dish – quick to come together so less time in the kitchen.

  6. Those cucumbers sound amazing Jeanette!

  7. So quick and easy! I love his recipe…quick AND healthy! When, we’re really busy, this is what we need. Thanks so much for sharing, girl. :) Pinning tonight! xo

    • Thanks Stacy – appreciate you sharing this – it is a really quick, easy and healthy meal + it’s packed with flavor.

  8. Gochujang — totally new to me. Putting this on my shopping list!

    • Lydia – you have to try gochujang – I think you’ll really like it. Sweet and spicy, it’s great in stir-fries, marinades, dipping sauces.

  9. i am going to have that for lunch.

  10. Thank you for helping me learn something new today – before I stumbled on your recipe, I had not heard of Miso Gochujang! gorgeous pictures!

    • Shashi, hope you have a chance to try miso and/or gochujang. They are great ways to add umami and saltiness to dishes at the same time.

  11. Love this Jeanette! This is a great summertime dish!

  12. I’ve been hankering for a noodle salad…and your yummy cukes look like the perfect topping!

    • Thanks Liz – I eat cold soba noodles a lot during the summer so this easy pickle was a great way to switch things up.

  13. Since I have a crazy schedule, I am always looking for a quick and easy meal. The flavors sounds amazing

  14. I apologize, I hit send and I wasn’t done with my comment:-p

    We can get loads of cucumber at our farmers market, so that is perfect! Yum, Hugs, Terra

    • Terra – I’ve been getting lots of cucumbers in my CSA Box the last couple of weeks, so we’ve been eating them almost every day. I was trying to mix things up a bit by making a quick pickle that’s a little different than most.

  15. A really wonderful meal…both soba and cucumber pickles are wholesome, though I have never thought of putting them together.

  16. I can’t eat the noodles but I’d sure love to try the pickles!

  17. That pickles definitely looks divine! Droooool :D

  18. The cucumbers are delicious!

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