Whether you use fresh ginger root from the produce section or already commercially prepared ginger root, there are many culinary uses for it in all parts of a meal. Because ginger wrapped in plastic stays fresh in your refrigerator for up to three weeks, you have plenty of time to try out new recipes.
Keep ginger wrapped in freezer-grade plastic in your freezer for up to one month without any loss of quality. It also stays flavorful indefinitely in the freezer if you store it already grated, where a mushy and soft texture will still work for most uses.
- Use grated ginger in vinaigrettes, especially those with lemon juice or orange juice. Add it to salad dressings you make yourself and to store-bought dressings for spicy, peppery flavor.
- Add grated ginger to fruit salads of all kinds, either with tropical fruits, such as papaya, pineapple and guava, with citrus salads or with summertime salads of peaches and plums.
- Make an Asian-inspired chicken salad with slivers of pickled ginger, snow peas, shredded cabbage and carrots, peanuts and chopped cilantro.
Use a microplane to grate ginger into a fine paste so its flavor permeates your food.
- Add a teaspoon of grated ginger to boost the flavor of cauliflower, potato or sweet potato soups.
- Cut the ginger into thin matchsticks to roast along with carrots, parsnips and turnips.
- Follow the lead of Chef and Food Consultant Bradford Thompson, and add a teaspoon of grated ginger to a carrot or winter squash puree.
- Toss in a few slices of pickled ginger or a teaspoon of grated ginger to vegetable dishes such as green beans, snow peas, or eggplant.
Make an authentic Vietnamese pho soup by adding a 3-inch piece of ginger that you've charred over a hot burner on your stove, and let it simmer in a beef broth to infuse the broth with its flavor.
- Make a marinade with grated ginger, garlic, soy sauce and vegetable oil for meat, fish or poultry.
- Add grated ginger to sauces for fish, chicken, pork or beef, and season the sauce with herbs such as tarragon, lemongrass or turmeric.
- Use either grated ginger or pickled ginger in Chinese or Japanese stir-fries or in Indian or Thai curries.
- Stir grated ginger into cut fruit along with honey or sugar, and top the fruit with plain or vanilla yogurt.
- Use grated ginger and honey to flavor ice cream, sorbet or granita.
- Add grated ginger along with ground ginger to gingersnap cookies and gingerbread.
- Sprinkle candied ginger made from ginger root into cookie batter and on top of fresh fruit.
Simmer chunks of ginger along with lime, honey or sugar and water for 30 minutes to create a ginger concentrate to use with sparkling water, iced tea or on its own for a refreshing summer drink.