How Do I Cook Sea Cucumber?

Sea cucumber is prepared as a Chinese celebration meal.

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.

Step 1

Fill your cooking pot 3/4 full of water. Place the pot on the stove and bring water to a boil.

Step 2

Add the sea cucumber and five to 10 ginger slices to the boiling water.

Step 3

Boil cucumber until it expands to two or three times its original size. Boil until the cucumber is soft.

Step 4

Remove it from the water. Slice and add to your favorite stews, stir-frys or soups.

Things You'll Need

  • Cooking pot

  • Water

  • Fresh sea cucumber

  • Ginger slices

  • Knife