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These ginger recipes are the best ways to use fresh ginger root! It’s ultra versatile: use in soups, dressings, tea, desserts, and more.

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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.
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Carrot ginger soup

15 Best Ginger Recipes: Carrot Ginger Soup & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This carrot ginger soup recipe is simple but comes out with a pure flavor and velvety texture! Everyone will love this bright orange puree.


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cups chopped carrots (1 3/4 pounds or about 12 large carrots)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon peeled and minced ginger root (about 1-inch nub)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk


  1. Dice the onion. Peel and chop the carrots. Peel the ginger with a spoon, then mince it.
  2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the ginger, carrots, vegetable broth, garlic powder, cinnamon and salt and bring to a boil. Then simmer until the carrots are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Carefully transfer the hot soup to a blender using a ladle (or use an immersion blender). Add the coconut milk and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve swirled with a drizzle of coconut milk and topped with fresh cilantro.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Pureed
  • Cuisine: Soup
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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