ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ginger - Recipe Ingredient and Condiment

Updated on March 12, 2012
- Ginger - Recipe Ingredient and Medicinal Uses -
- Ginger - Recipe Ingredient and Medicinal Uses -

Ginger has long been an essential traditional ingredient in Chinese, Japanese and Asian cooking. A recipe is not the same without ginger, specially seafood, goat and vegetarian dishes. Ginger adds a special flavor and aroma to any recipe.

In North America, ginger is mainly used as an ingredient in making sweets such as gingerbread, ginger snaps and ginger biscuits, and as a beverage called ginger ale.

Ginger is also widely used in Europe and the United Kingdom, where it is not only used as a cooking recipe ingredient, but also as an ingredient in making wine and liqueur. A ginger-flavored liqueur called "Canton" is produced in Jarnac, France. Green ginger wine is a ginger-flavored wine produced in the United Kingdom, traditionally sold in a green glass bottle.

Ginger is also used as a spice added to hot coffee and tea.

------------------------------------------------ ♥♥♥ ------------------------------------------------

Chopping Ginger - Ginger recipe ingredient and condiment
Chopping Ginger - Ginger recipe ingredient and condiment
Slicing Ginger - Ginger recipe ingredient and condiment
Slicing Ginger - Ginger recipe ingredient and condiment
Julienne threads - Ginger recipe ingredient and condiment
Julienne threads - Ginger recipe ingredient and condiment

Ginger as Recipe Ingredient

Use ginger as called for in your recipe. Ginger can be cut in coin slices, julienne threads, chopped or grated, depending on your recipe.

If you don't want a strong ginger flavor in your dish, you can just ginger flavor the oil that you are going to use. Here's what to do:

  • Wash ginger well. You don't have to peel, just cut the ginger into 1/8 inch coin slices.
  • With the side of your knife, give the ginger coin slices a whack. This will break the fibers and release the essence.
  • Heat up your cooking oil in a wok or pan on high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the ginger coin slices (usually about 3 coins) and let the ginger fry for 30 seconds. If you want a little stronger flavor, turn my heat to medium and let the ginger infuse the oil another 30 seconds.
  • Remove and discard the ginger. You now have a ginger flavored oil to use in your recipe.

Instead of cutting the ginger as ingredient to your recipe, you can grate the ginger. Grated ginger gives stronger ginger flavor to your dish.

For baking, your recipe will ask for powdered or ground ginger. You can buy powdered or ground ginger in any Chinese or Asian market.

------------------------------------------------ ♥♥♥ ------------------------------------------------

Grating Ginger - Ginger recipe ingredient and condiment
Grating Ginger - Ginger recipe ingredient and condiment

Ginger as a Condiment

You can sprinkle fresh ginger to your dumplings, steamed chicken, noodle soup or vegetables to give your dish a fresh, crisp, tingly sensation. You can use grated ginger or angel thin slices.

Here's how to cut your ginger angel thin:

  • Wash a 3 inch piece of ginger and peel. Slice ginger as thin as you can or use a vegetable peeler to peel the ginger and then continue using the vegetable peeler and peel paper-thin slicer of the ginger. After you have a pile of slices, line them up and use your chef’s knife to cut further into ginger threads. You’ll end up with angel thin slices that you can use fresh, uncooked.

Another way to use ginger as condiment is by using pickled ginger. Pickled ginger is called gari or amazu shoga in Japanese. It is served with sushi or sashimi. Pickled ginger is also eaten between different kinds of sushi, as it helps to clean your taste buds and enhance the flavors. You can find prepared pickled ginger in Chinese and Asian markets but you might prefer to make my own.

Here's a simple recipe of pickled ginger.

Gari or Pickled Ginger - Ginger Recipe
Gari or Pickled Ginger - Ginger Recipe

Gari or Pickled Ginger Recipe


  • 8 ounces fresh young ginger root, peeled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar

Wash and peel the ginger. Cut ginger into medium pieces. Place ginger in a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. Stir ginger to make sure every piece is salted. Let stand for 30 minutes, and then transfer ginger to a jar with a tight lid.

In a small saucepan, combine rice vinegar and sugar. Heat in medium heat continually stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Bring to a boil, then pour the boiling liquid over the ginger root pieces in the jar.

Set aside and let it cool at room temperature. Put the lid tightly on the jar and store in the refrigerator for at least a week. The liquid should turn to pinkish color in a few minutes. This is a good sign that the rice vinegar used is of good quality.

Cut pieces of ginger into paper thin slices.

------------------------------------------------ ♥♥♥ ------------------------------------------------

Cutting ginger for freezing - Ginger Recipe Ingredient and Condiment
Cutting ginger for freezing - Ginger Recipe Ingredient and Condiment

How to Store Ginger

Refrigerate - The best way to store ginger is place it in small plastic or paper bag in your vegetable crisper drawer. Ginger should last a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.

Freeze - Wash and peel ginger. Cut ginger in thin coin slices and place in a small freezer bag. When you need, just get a few pieces and defrost. Frozen ginger defrosts quickly and ready to use for your recipe.

------------------------------------------------ ♥♥♥ ------------------------------------------------

If you like this article, will you please let the writer know and/or share this article with your friends. Comments are greatly appreciated.

------------------------------------------------ ♥♥♥ ------------------------------------------------

Ginger Cookies - Ginger Recipe Ingredient and Condiment
Ginger Cookies - Ginger Recipe Ingredient and Condiment

Did you know? by Rosie2010

Did you know you can create your own HubPage?

Did you know you can be part of a great community, make friends and, share your knowledge and experience, and EARN MONEY through Adsense and other Affiliate programs?



Submit a Comment
  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya lex123, thanks for dropping by. My family use ginger in so many ways too, not only as food ingredient but for medicinal purposes. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my hub on ginger. Cheers!

    Have a nice day,


  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    @cardelean - Thanks so much for dropping by. I agree.. ginger is one of the most underused ingredient and it has so much to offer. Cheers!

    @Laura du Toit - Thanks so much for reading my hub on ginger. I'm glad you found some useful tips. Cheers!

    @Pixienot - I'm glad to hear you found my ginger hub useful and thanks for sharing it with your family and friends. Thanks so much for the votes! Cheers!

    @L.L. Woodard - lol if you haven't tried eating goat, you're missing big time. lol Thanks for dropping by and making me laugh. Cheers!

    Have a nice day everyone,


  • lex123 profile image


    7 years ago

    In India, we use ginger in some of the recipes for flavour and medicinal purpose, mostly used in non-veg. In Ayurveda, ginger is an important herb, especially for cold and indigestion. Thanks for writing a beautiful hub.

  • L.L. Woodard profile image

    L.L. Woodard 

    8 years ago from Oklahoma City

    You know, I've never eaten goat without then I've not yet eaten goat. Good hub.

  • profile image


    8 years ago

    Oh Rosie, I am so glad to have come upon this hub. Besides cookies I only knew ginger was for healing the tummy. And I sure did not know how to use it and store it. I am so much better versed now and will share with my family and friends.

    I voted up, useful, and awesome!

    Thank you so much

  • Laura du Toit profile image

    Laura du Toit 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    What a well presented and interesting hub - so glad I came across this hub as I love ginger and with your great tips will use it even more in future!

  • cardelean profile image


    8 years ago from Michigan

    I like ginger too. I think it is definately an underused ingredient. Great hub!

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Gordon, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you liked my idea of cutting up ginger before freezing. I like your idea too and will sure try it. I like to cut ginger in coin slices before freezing as I give ginger a little whack before I use them to bring out the flavor. Cheers!

    Have a nice day,


  • Gordon Hamilton profile image

    Gordon Hamilton 

    8 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

    I am a fellow ginger lover, Rosie, and love your Hub. I particularly like your idea for slicing ginger before freezing it. Although I do freeze peeled ginger, I usually freeze the piece whole and simply grate off what I need, as I need it. Next time I'm freezing some, I'll cut some of it up as you suggest and increase my options.

  • Rosie2010 profile imageAUTHOR

    Rosie Rose 

    8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Katy, thanks for dropping by. So nice to know my name is the same as your youngest child. Cheers!

    Have a nice day,


  • katyzzz profile image


    8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    I love ginger myself, Rosie, and you have the same name as my youngest child.

    I thought you'd like to know that.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)