These distinctive cukes make a choice side for grilled poultry, beef, and fish. Look for miso in the refrigerated sections of large supermarkets and Asian markets. You'll find mirin in your supermarket's international section.
1/4 cup white miso (soybean paste)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine)
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
6 medium pickling cucumbers (about 2 1/4 pounds), quartered lengthwise
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add cucumbers to bowl, tossing to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 1 1/2 hours.
Prepare grill to medium-high heat.
Remove cucumbers from bowl, reserving marinade. Arrange cucumbers in a single layer on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill for 2 minutes, brushing cucumbers with reserved marinade. Turn cucumbers over, and grill for 3 minutes or until browned, brushing with reserved marinade.
Sprinkle cucumbers with sesame seeds and pepper. Serve immediately.