Despite its name, the sea cucumber is actually a marine animal. You may find sea cucumber dishes in Chinese celebration meals, but not on the nightly dinner table, as the food takes a long time to prepare. When purchasing a fresh sea cucumber, look for one that is a shiny black color and has a smooth surface.
Fill your cooking pot 3/4 full of water. Place the pot on the stove and bring water to a boil.
Add the sea cucumber and five to 10 ginger slices to the boiling water.
Boil cucumber until it expands to two or three times its original size. Boil until the cucumber is soft.
Remove it from the water. Slice and add to your favorite stews, stir-frys or soups.