Stuffed Cucumbers

Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for this recipe as I had never heard of it before meeting Bill. This is another recipe that belonged to his mother, Alice. I do not remember how she arrived at it. I’m guessing she had a plethora of cucumbers and tomatoes in the garden one summer and this is the result.

I’ve adapted her recipe using instead of plain tomatoes, a couple of cans of diced tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano and then added garlic powder for more flavor.

Cut the ends off the cucumbers first; peel them.  Then scoop out the seeds.  I do this very carefully with a paring knife.  I indent with the knife in a circle around the seeds, insert the knife and sort of twirl it in my hand and pull the seeds out.  Do not cut through to the meat of the cucumber!  That will cause them to split when cooking.  Then let them soak in a bowl of salt water for at 30 minutes.

Make the tomato mixture in a large pan and let simmer for at least 10 minutes.  Prepare the ground beef however you like it.  I add chopped onions, garlic powder, a little basil and oregano and finish with salt and pepper.  Gently stuff the cucumbers with the meat and place in the tomato mixture.  Take whatever meat is left over after stuffing the cucumbers and make meatballs.  Drop them into the pan along with the cucumbers and tomato mixture.

Use a large pan or Dutch oven to allow enough room to turn them now and then as they simmer.  It takes close to an hour for the cucumbers to be fork tender ~ they will turn almost transparent.  You will see the difference in their appearance after simmering for about 45 minutes.

They are incredibly delicious!  

 Soaking in salt water 
 Stuffed and ready for the pot
 Simmering in tomatoes 

Stuffed Cucumbers


3 or 4 cucumbers
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound ground round beef


Peel cucumbers and scoop out seeds carefully.
They can be cut in half if they are large cucumbers.
Place in a large bowl of salt water and soak for 30 minutes.

Place tomatoes in dutch oven or large pan.
Add sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Simmer at least 10 minutes.

Prepare ground beef:
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste

Drain cucumbers.
Stuff ground beef mixture into cucumbers carefully.
Do not force or it will break the cucumber.
Add the stuffed cucumbers to the tomato mixture.
Make remainder of meat into meatballs.
Drop into tomato mixture.

Cook cucumbers on medium-low heat, a slow simmer, for 45 minutes to one hour until they become almost transparent.

Stir the tomato mixture occasionally and rotate the cucumbers once or twice.

Serve in individual bowls with plenty of the tomato sauce and a meatball or 2.


By the way ~

I will be joining Linda (“My Kind of Cooking”) on the radio, via telephone tomorrow morning, Friday, July 2nd, during her cooking segment, “Fast Food Friday.” 

You can listen over the internet by clicking this link:  Passion Radio.  Click on the Listen Live button in the upper left hand corner of the website to connect.  We will be on around 8:20 a.m. mountain time, 9:20 central time. 

I hope you will be listening!


  1. I've never heard of this either, it looks interesting! Thanks!

  2. Intetesting! Looks really yum! Goodluck on your radio interview with Linda! Enjoy the rest of the week!

  3. This is a new one for me. I love all the ingredients in the recipe and if you say it is great then I must try it!

    Can't wait to try the goodies you sent to the radio station! Tomorrow will be FUN!

  4. Very interesting dish! Perfect way to use up all those fast crowing summer veggies! Excited to hear you on your radio interview!

  5. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy , my mother-in-law was very resourceful and knew how to get the best results from all those vegetables in the garden and I'm so glad she introduced me to this.

    ☺lani☺, I'm happy that you like this. Thanks about the radio; I'm really looking forward to it! You have a great rest of the week also!

  6. Linda, thank you! It really is delicious and perfect for the fresh vegetables.

    I hope you and your friends at the station enjoy the goodies. I'm so excited about tomorrow and am really looking forward to talking with you!!!

  7. Lyndsey, thank you! It's one of my favorite summer dishes, for sure! Great, hope you listen tomorrow!

  8. I have never seen this dish before. It is such a surprising idea to have cucumber with meat in a tomato sauce. It looks good! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Interesting recipe, I have my cucumbers just starting in the garden. Also lots of marrows coming on so this would be a good recipe to use for them as well. Diane

  10. Hi Pam,
    I believe this recipe must be delicious. Just for looking into your pictures my mouth is already watering!!

  11. That is definately interesting to say the least. Kind of like "stuffed manicotti". Sure looks like it's worth a try.

  12. Mausi, yes I was surprised with it when my KIL first made and loved it!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, great! This recipe would fit fine then. Have a good day!

    Salsa Verde, thanks! I'm glad you like it Lia! Love...

    Carla and Michael, it is worth a try! The cucumbers are so good when cooked. Thank you!

  13. I sure wish I as in your corner to listen to you on the radio!
    Congratulations, must be fun!
    Never heard of stuffed cucumber, but you make them look so delish!

  14. Wow! I have never heard of stuffed cucumbers...I love to cook too...Well thanks so much Pam...I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting! I hope you have a wonderful 4th Weekend....thanks for following too....My niece is studying to be a dr in chicago...

    Cant wait to check out your blog!

  15. That dish looks very scrumptious! A wonderful idea!



  16. Thanks for the comment! :)

    What an interesting recipe; I've never heard of anything like it!

  17. Never seen anything like it...only Zucchini!!! I cannot imagine the taste! :-)

  18. Looks and sounds delicious! The Chinese do a stuffed marrow but that is hard to find over here. Never thought of using cucumbers. Thanks for the idea.

  19. What a lovely idea. Here in Greece we stuff zucchinis. They look great.

  20. Very interesting...Sounds and looks really good...I will try to remember to listen to you and Linda in the morning.

  21. These are so unique Pam! They sound really delicious - great filling! Hope everything goes good for your radio show - I will listen if I am up early enough.

  22. I've never heard of this dish either, but it sure looks good!
    We can learn alot from our mother-in-laws, can't we.

  23. I just made some stir fried cucumber with prawns. Love using cucumber other than in a salad and thanks for sharing this wonderful dish!

  24. Sage, thanks for stopping by and the cucs are delicious!

    Jennnifer, thank you and good for your niece. Chicago is a beautiful with lots of fun things to do so I'm sure she is enjoying her time here. You have a wonderful 4th also!

    Rosa's Yummy Yums, thanks! Those cucs are good!

    Mo, I know what you mean as I had never heard of it before either. Thanks!

    Adventures in Domestic Cooking, thank you for stopping by and have a good day!

    Alessandra, I've never had zucchini done this way but bet it would be great also. Thanks!

    Alessandra, I've heard of the stuffed marrow and hope you try this one!

    Katerina, the stuffed zucchini sounds good to me also. Thanks for the visit!

    Bo, good! Linda has a great segment and hope you listen.

    Cinnamon-Girl, it is unique and I was amazed how delicious it was when my MIL made it. Hope you listen!

    Lynda, yes we can! My MIL was a great cook and had some incredible recipes!

    Deborah, thanks and have a great day!

    FireintheBreeze, thank you! My MIL had so many unique recipes that are delicious.

    3 hungry tummies, your dish with the cucs and prawns sounds so good. It is seldom that you see recipes for cus other than salads. Thanks for the visit!

  25. My mom used to stuff cucumbers too, and stew them in chicken stock. This recipe has conjured up some very warm memories for me. Thank you.

  26. Fresh Local and Best, the cucumbers in chicken stock sounds great! And I'm so glad this brought back warm memories for you!

  27. I think the only stuffed veggie I've had so far is zucchini, but I've definitely got to try out these cucumbers. The pictures on your blog are wonderful! :)

  28. annalene, thank you! They're really delicious and I hope you try it!

  29. These are perfect...what a wonderful dish. I would love to try this with shrimp or crab:)

  30. Wow... these sound so good. I didn't plant any cukes this summer... I wonder if it would be just as good with small zucchini?

  31. Magic of Spice, thanks! The seafood would work wonderfully with it, I'm sure!

    Karen, yes. I think it would be about the same with using zucchini.


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