Here are the best ginger recipes that use fresh ginger root! This ingredient is ultra versatile: use it in recipes from tea to stir fries to apple crumble.
Got fresh ginger root? Ginger is one of the most beautiful, versatile ingredients to work with in the kitchen! This root of a flowering plant is used as a spice in many cuisines, and has lots of potential health benefits to boot. But the best part? It adds peppery, pungent flavor to recipes both sweet and savory.
Try it in a DIY herbal tea, mixed with honey and lemon, or infused into a simple syrup for cocktails. Make it into a stir fry or fried rice, or a 20 minute chickpea curry. You can even put it into an apple crisp, where it adds big, cozy flavor. In fact, we’re getting hungry! Let’s get cooking!
And now…the best fresh ginger recipes to try!
A quick way to peel ginger
Here’s a quick tip on how to peel ginger: with a spoon! Ginger root is notoriously hard to peel with a vegetable peeler: it’s knobby and the skin is tough and stringy. But try peeling it with a spoon, and it works like a charm. It sounds unbelievable until you try it: but it’s the perfect tool for the uneven surface of ginger root.
Ginger nutrition benefits
Ginger has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. The ginger tea recipe below is the best way to consume ginger, if you’re looking to absorb its benefits. We’re not doctors or nutritionists, but here are a few potential health benefits of drinking ginger tea, per a registered dietitian via BBC Food:
- Helps with digestion. Ginger has long been known to help with digestion and nausea. If you’ve got an upset stomach, ginger tea is much tastier than chewing on the actual root (I know from experience!).
- May be anti-inflammatory. Ginger has key phytonutrients known as gingerols, and these may help to support a healthy biome.
- May relieve headaches and migranes. Some research has shown ginger tea to aid in pain relief.
Here’s how to make ginger tea with fresh ginger root! This soothing and invigorating drink has big flavor and potential health benefits, too.
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) boiling water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 lemon wedge
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, peel the ginger with a spoon and finely grate it with a grater or microplane.
- Place the ginger in a tea strainer or tea ball, then place it in a mug. Pour over the boiling water. Allow the ginger to steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea strainer. Stir in honey and a spritz of lemon juice from the wedge.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Vegan
Keywords: Ginger Recipes
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.