When you see that funny looking piece of fresh ginger in the store, it can be a little intimidating. For years I fell into that group of people that wouldn’t buy fresh ginger for my dishes because I simply didn’t feel like I knew enough about it. And to be honest, the possibility of me using it wrong and ruining a dish frightened me a little bit. How was I supposed to clean it? What kinds of dishes would I put it in? What did it taste like? Would it really make a difference? Was it going to be a bigger hassle than it was worth? Can’t I just use the powdered stuff instead? Finally, I bit the bullet and decided to try it out. and oh man, was it worth it!
Fresh ginger will open up your asian dishes to a whole new world of flavor! For years and years I had always used the grated stuff in dishes like fried rice, stir fry, pad thai, etc. I always felt like my dishes were really good. My family liked them, friends liked them, even I liked them. But then I discovered fresh ginger and realized what my life had been missing.
It was one of those classic cases of “you don’t know what you’re missing until you find it.”
Ginger is part of the trinity of asian cooking so it goes in nearly every dish. The fresh stuff adds a beautiful depth of flavor that can not be achieved with ground ginger. It makes up part of the profile of flavors that creates that restaurant quality flavor.
The good news is, ginger may look scary, but it’s really easy to work with. No need to fear! Ginger only needs to be peeled prior to cutting up, and surprisingly, the easiest way to do this while wasting the least ginger possible is with a normal table spoon.
This method takes a little bit of practice, but once you get it down, it really is the fastest and easiest way to peel ginger.
Simply use the spoon to scrape the skin of the ginger off as you move he spoon toward your hands.
Continue doing this all the way around the ginger until all the skin has been peeled off.
Once the ginger is completely peeled, either slice it thinly or grate it for use in your favorite dishes.
Try these great dishes to test out your new ginger skills:
Best of luck on your ginger adventures!