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How to Make the Best Cucumber in White Sauce

Updated on January 4, 2020
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I love cooking and love to show off our traditional Dutch homemade recipes.

Recepe: Cucumber in white sauce
Recepe: Cucumber in white sauce | Source

Cucumbers come in a great variety but for this recipe I used the wellknown long slicing cucumbers.

They are best known for their refreshing taste in all kinds of summer salads because they're actually summer vegetables (scientists will call them fruits). However with today's international trade we can eat them the whole year round. They're nutricious and healthy.

It's one of my favorite vegetable dishes.


For the cucumbers:

  • 3 slicing cucumbers
  • dash of salt, to your taste
  • water
  • pan

For the white sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flower, or more or less
  • dash of white pepper, fresly grounded
  • left over cucumber broth, if needed add water

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves two to four people

Instructions for Cooking the Cucumbers

  1. Peel the cucumbers
  2. Cut them in 4 and remove most of the seeds
  3. Cut them in 2" parts
  4. Put them in a pan
  5. Add water until they're just under and add some salt
  6. Cook them for about 20 minutes until they're a bit soft, but not too soft.
  7. When cooked pour them through a strainer but make sure you save the broth.
  8. Put the cucumber parts aside.

For this recipe I peel the cucumbers and the easiest way to do that without loosing too much flesh is using a simple potatoe and vegetable peeler. They're easy to handle and easy to clean.

Very easy to use vegatable peeler
Very easy to use vegatable peeler | Source

Instructions for Making the White Sauce

Normally a white sauce is made from stock of chicken or fish, but in this case we're using the leftover cucumber broth. Step by step instructions:

  1. Melt the butter in a stainless steel pot or pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the flour, stir it with a wooden spoon and cook it until you get a blanc roux.
    Make sure you stay on medium heat or the roux will turn brownish which is not bad but you want a blanc/white roux.
  3. Add the leftover broth and stir it firmly with a whisk to get rid of the lumps. Keep adding broth or if there's not enough left, add warm water until you get a smooth consistency.
  4. Add some salt and pepper to your taste and let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes. Keep stirring so it won't get stuck to the bottom of your pan.
  5. Add the cucumber parts and let them simmer for about another 5 minutes.
  6. Put it all in a dish and serve while still hot.

Just delicious

Cucumber in white sauce
Cucumber in white sauce | Source

How to Serve Boiled Cucumbers in White Sauce

This recipe goes very well with all kinds of potatoes: boiled, mashed or baked. It also goes very well with all kinds of meat or fish.

You can either use it as a main dish or as a side dish, your choice.

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    • Titia profile imageAUTHOR

      Titia Geertman 

      5 months ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Thank you Linda. It's one of my favorite dishes. When boiled right, the cucumber will melt on your tongue. If you love cucumber, I'm sure you will love this recipe.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've always eaten cucumbers when they're raw, but I like the sound of your recipe. I think a sauce containing butter and the other ingredients that you list would be a lovely addition to boiled cucumbers.


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