How to Cut Ginger

Wondering how to cut ginger? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to peel and cut ginger root (how to mince ginger).

Video: How to cut ginger

Are you wondering how to cut ginger but not sure the best way? Using ginger root in a recipe can be daunting if you don’t know how to cut it. Alex and I have a few tricks that we use all the time, like when we make our best teriyaki vegetable stir fry or quinoa fried rice. Using this method really changed the game for us, and we hope it will for you too! Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut ginger root (how to mince ginger), including a video of me peeling and cutting ginger in our kitchen.

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How to cut ginger step by step

Step 1

How to Cut Ginger | Peel with edge of spoon

Peel the ginger root using the edge of a spoon.

Step 2

How to Cut Ginger | Mince with a grater

Use a grater or microplane to grate the ginger.

Step 3a

How to Cut Ginger | Slice several times

Or if you don’t have a grater, use a large chef’s knife to slice thin slices in one direction…

Step 3b

How to Cut Ginger | Chop in other direction until minced

…then chop in the other direction until the ginger is minced into small pieces. You may want to hold the top of your knife with your non-cutting hand and continue working over the ginger until the pieces are small enough.

And there you have it: how to cut ginger in 3 easy steps!

Let us know if you try our method for how to cut ginger root and tell us how it goes in the comments below.

Best chef knife & cutting boards

Alex and I are often asked about the best kitchen tools. And every time we answer, “A good sharp chef’s knife!” A good knife can drastically improve your time in the kitchen, and lasts for years (we’ve had our chef knives for 10 plus years). Here are some of the knives we recommend, as well as cutting boards and the best knife sharpener. These recommendations are perfect for outfitting your own kitchen, or great gifts for a wedding registry or someone who loves to cook!

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Looking for ginger recipes?

Now that you know how to cut ginger, here are some of our favorite recipes using fresh ginger root for you to try:

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How to Cut Ginger

How to Cut Ginger


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 tablespoon 1x

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Wondering how to cut ginger? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to peel and cut ginger root (how to mince ginger).


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Ingredients

  • 1-inch nub ginger root

Instructions

  1. Peel the ginger root using the edge of a spoon.
  2. Use a grater or microplane to grate the ginger. OR
  3. If you don’t have a grater, use a large chef’s knife to slice thin slices in one direction, then chop in the other direction until the ginger is minced into small pieces. You may want to hold the top of your knife with your non-cutting hand and continue working over the ginger until the pieces are small enough.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut ginger, How to cut ginger root, How to mince ginger

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

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

Cookbook Author and photographer

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.

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