Not just for English tea parties anymore, these easy Cucumber Sandwiches are sure to be the star of your next upcoming party, whatever it is! A delicious, elegant finger food that is sure to please everyone, all parts to these cucumber sandwiches can be prepped ahead of time. And assembly takes just a few minutes!

When I lived in Wisconsin, this happened frequently at parties with my friends. We eventually scrapped the “main course” permanently and dined on an assortment of appetizers at our gatherings.

Many delicious bites came out of those gatherings including these Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, this Orzo Salad with roasted vegetables, and my favorite garlic butter Cheese Tortellini.

Cucumber sandwiches on a white plate.

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How do you make Cucumber Sandwiches?

Start with preparing the Ranch spread and allow to sit at least 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. Move on to slicing the cucumbers, and finish with the quartering of the sandwich bread.

All that’s left is assembly – bread, spread, cucumber.

Cucumber sandwiches on a wooden cutting board.

Where do Cucumber Sandwiches come from?

Cucumber sandwiches are very much a British invention, created during the Victorian era as part of afternoon tea.

Whether you call it a tea sandwich or finger sandwich, their main purpose is to stave off hunger until meal time. But by all means, eat as many as you like!

Cucumber sandwiches on a white plate.

What are Hot House Cucumbers?

The commercially grown variety of English cucumbers, hot house cucs are grown in none other than a ‘hot house’ aka greenhouse.

As compared to regular or American cucumbers, they have thinner skin, sweeter flesh, and less seeds, meaning no peeling or seeding required!

A bowl filled with cucumber slices.

What type of bread do I use?

Traditionally, cucumber sandwiches are served on cocktail rye, but can be impossible to find! I checked every grocery store in my area and even Amazon didn’t come through for me!

A perfect substitute is good quality sandwich bread. By using a serrated knife, simply cut the crusts off and quarter each slice into squares. If prepping ahead of time, bread will stay fresh in a plastic bag on the counter for 2-3 days.

Cucumber sandwiches on a white plate.

How do you keep tea sandwiches fresh?

If you would like to get even more ahead of the party and assemble the sandwich ahead of time, place the completed sandwiches in an airtight container, cover them with a layer of wax paper, then a layer of damp paper towel, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cucumber sandwiches on a white plate.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Not just for English tea parties anymore, these easy Cucumber Sandwiches are sure to be the star of your next upcoming party, whatever it is! A delicious, elegant finger food that is sure to please everyone, all parts to these cucumber sandwiches can be prepped ahead of time. And assembly takes just a few minutes!
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 16 servings
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 167


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 recipe Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix 1 or packet store-bought
  • 1 loaf high-quality sandwich bread crusts removed, quartered
  • 2 hot house cucumber thinly sliced (see notes)
  • Fresh dill for garnish


  • In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, and seasoning mix. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to blend flavors.
  • To assemble, top each rye bread with cream cheese mixture and a cucumber slice. 

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2 to 3 regular cucumbers, peeled, may be substituted for the Hot House cucumbers.


Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 271mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 33IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mg
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    1. Hi Verbena, sorry about the confusion. If you are using hot house cucumbers, no need to peel. If you are using regular cucumbers (with the waxy, more bitter skin), you’ll want to peel them for these sandwiches. -Meggan

  1. Buenos días! .Me gustaría dar un enorme aprobado por valiosa información que tenemos aquí en este blog . Voy a volver muy pronto a divertime con esta web.5 stars

  2. Question….for the ingredient list and directions I’m not seeing your swaps listed. You mentioned using dill and lemon juice, plus puff pastry but those aren’t listed or mentioned in the directions. 

    1. Hi Rebekah, so sorry for the confusion. I changed up the recipe, back to the original, but haven’t fixed the post yet because I’m shooting new photos. Maybe I can get it updated today. The truth is, I tried all my fancy swaps but in the end I decided they weren’t as good as the original version. Puff pastry, while delicious, is super flaky and just makes a mess when you try to use it this way. So, that’s what happened. I’m really sorry for the confusion and I’ll get everything written correctly!

  3. Well, of course as I am English (the home of cucumber sandwiches!) I am very impressed with this idea! Keen to try this, Meggan! :-)5 stars

    1. Thank you so much, Helen! Hope those of you across the pond don’t mind how I switched up your beloved sandwich. :)

    1. Thank you, Kathleen! I try to use Puff Pastry as often as possible. :) No crusts to remove!

    1. Thank you so much, Alice! It’s so dang tasty with puff pastry. Definitely a hit in our house!

  4. The cucumber finger sandwich, a staple at a British afternoon tea. Usually in bread with the crusts cut off, but I would absolutely serve these instead. What a great spin on a British classic and I love dill with cucumber. Delish!5 stars

    1. Thank you my dear! You’ll have to make me a tray (or several trays actually) of proper cucumber sandwiches sometime. And I’ll make my version for you. And we’ll drink tea (or wine actually) while we devour them and we’ll call this research.

  5. Love that puff pastry swap here, I’ve always felt the humble yet delicate cucumber sandwich needed a little more crunch appeal!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much, Kevin! I never really got into the cocktail rye bread for cucumber sandwiches. This is a lot more fun!