Braised Cucumbers (Gherkins)

Serves: 6

Time ~15 minutes


1½ Tbl butter

1 leek, white and tender green parts, diced and well washed (onion works, too)

6 cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced ½ inch thick

(8-10 gherkins, halved lengthwise and sliced ½ inch thick, no need to peel)

Coarse salt to taste

Fresh dill, snipped (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbl of the butter over medium-low heat.

  2. Add the leek and cook, stirring occasionally until the leek is tender, 3-5 minutes.

  3. Add the cucumbers, season with salt and toss to coat.

  4. Add ¼ cup of water and the remaining ½ Tbl butter and cover the pan. Cook 3 minutes or until the cucumbers are crisp-tender.

  5. Uncover the pan, raise the heat to medium, add the dill (if using) and cook until the liquid has almost evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Based off a recipe from