Spicy Cucumber Relish

Our spicy cucumber relish just isn’t about the heat. There’s a touch of sweetness here, too, making it a flavorful foil to all sorts of fried or barbecued meats. It’s tasty served as a side to steak or simply sprinkled atop a hot dog. But don’t overlook it as a salad topping, too. It brings life to a plain Jane salad without tipping the scale on calories.

Spicy cucumber relish, ready to be served

The recipe calls for green chili peppers. Jalapeños are, of course, a great choice, but other green chilies work as well. Opting for a milder Anaheim pepper or a hotter serrano are all simple swaps.

Spicy cucumber relish, if stored properly, can last for up to a month sealed in a sterilized jar and refrigerated. When opened (or if serving it immediately), use the relish within one week.

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Spicy Cucumber Relish

Spicy Cucumber Relish

Spicy and slightly sweet – perfect paired with fried and grilled meats or served atop a salad.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Condiment
Servings 16 servings
Calories 19 kcal


  • 4 baby cucumbers
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 green chili peppers Jalapeño works well
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Chop the cucumbers into small cubes.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion.
  • Slice the chilies, removing the seeds prior.
  • Combine the cucumber cubes, onion, and chili in a bowl with the mustard seeds and salt.
  • Heat the vinegar, sugar, and water until boiling.
  • Add the cucumber mixture to a sterilized jar, then pour over the liquid.
  • Seal the jar and refrigerate when cooled.
  • Keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month and use within a week of opening.


Calories: 19kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 147mgPotassium: 32mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Jalapeno Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on October 1, 2022 to include new content.
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