Ginger Recipes

Ginger Rogers

The medicinal herb adds zest to a variety of recipes, from beef stir-fry with fresh and pickled ginger to ginger-spiced pecans.

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Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Ginger Dressing

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken and Ginger Dressing
© Con Poulos

F&W's Kay Chun creates a healthy alternative to pasta by tossing spiralized zucchini and roast chicken with an aromatic Asian dressing. You'll need a superfine grater, such as a Microplane, to prep the fresh ginger and garlic.

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Crispy Tofu Steaks with Ginger Vinaigrette

Crispy Tofu Steaks
© Eva Kolenko

F&W's Kay Chun uses panko to coat tofu steaks, then pan-fries them until they're crispy outside and creamy within.

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Passion Fruit Ice Cream Pie with a Ginger Crust

Passion Fruit Ice Cream Pie with a Ginger Crust
Petrina Tinslay

This isn't the kind of ice cream pie you'd make for a kiddie birthday party. Instead of a plain cookie crust, Grace Parisi creates a crispy, chewy one with crumbled gingersnaps, dried pineapple and candied ginger. And instead of the usual caramel or chocolate sauce on top, she prepares a delectable mix of dulce de leche and passion fruit nectar from the supermarket.

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Ginger-Roasted Winter Squash

Ginger-Roasted Winter Squash

For winter squash that is crispy on the outside and moist within, Melissa Perello halves each one, roasts it until soft, then cuts it into wedges and roasts it some more.

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Gingered Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Pecan Cream

Gingered Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Pecan Cream
© John Kernick

Dean Fearing loves the holiday feel of butternut squash, especially when it's combined with ginger, as it is for his smooth, gently sweet soup. He tops it with whipped cream flecked with chopped pecans for a number of reasons: "Usually holiday soups have a dollop of cream—adding pecans gives it a dollop of flavor. And crunch. I think everything should have a little bit of crunch to it. Plus, this is Texas, and pecans are Texas."

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Apple Cider–Ginger Shrub

Apple Cider–Ginger Shrub
Con Poulos

This shrub (a sweet vinegar-based syrup) from F&W's Kay Chun is sweet and zippy and as good for a party as it is for a hangover.

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Ginger-Lime Baby Carrots

Ginger-Lime Baby Carrots
© Quentin Bacon

"I just think carrots, particularly their tops and roots, are an artistic wonder," Richard Blais says. "The color, the abstract shape—they're gorgeous." He cooks them in a tangy ginger sauce and then sprinkles them with the flavorful, seaweed-and-sesame-seed-based Japanese seasoning called furikake.

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Ginger-Lemongrass Soda

Ginger-Lemonade Soda.
© Quentin Bacon

F&W's Grace Parisi makes this soda with iSi's new Twist 'n Sparkle soda maker, which carbonates beverages in less than 30 seconds. $50; williams-sonoma.com.

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Beef Stir-Fry with Fresh and Pickled Ginger

Beef Stir-Fry with Fresh and Pickled Ginger. Photo © Anson Smart
© Anson Smart

Stanley Cheng, owner of Hestan Vineyards and CEO of Meyer Corporation, loves to eat his favorite beef stir-fry with blackberry-rich Napa Valley Cabernet: The firm tannins in the wine pair well with the gingery hoisin and oyster sauces.

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Double-Ginger Sugar Cookies

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F&W's Grace Parisi opts for baking soda instead of baking powder to create delectable holiday sugar cookies that are especially crispy.

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Sizzled-Ginger Rice

Sizzled-Ginger Rice

This simple base relies on julienned fresh ginger for its punchy flavor.

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Marinated Baby Artichokes with Dill and Fresh Ginger

Marinated Baby Artichokes with Dill and Fresh Ginger

Marinated baby artichokes are not a staple of Turkish cuisine in the way that stuffed grape leaves are. But they are a favorite at Karaköy Lokantasi, owned by husband and wife Oral Kurt and Aylin Okutan. The dressing for the artichokes includes a little invigorating fresh-grated ginger, as well as more traditional Turkish flavors, like lemon juice and chopped dill.

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Citrus Salad with Candied Ginger

Citrus Salad with Candied Ginger
PHOTO © DAVE LAURIDSEN

The key to making this simple fruit salad with candied ginger: Use a sharp knife to cut the citrus. "The better your knife, the better this dish will look," says chef Jason Travi.

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Chocolate Wafers with Ginger, Fennel and Sea Salt

Chocolate Wafers with Ginger, Fennel and Sea Salt

Dark chocolate with a high cacao content is lower in sugar and higher in antioxidants than milk chocolate. For this ingenious snack, Grace Parisi coats wafer-thin crispbreads in dark chocolate so that they seem like candy bars studded with flaky Maldon sea salt, chewy crystallized ginger and candied fennel seeds.

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Sake-Steamed Mussels with Ginger, Miso and Spinach

Sake-Steamed Mussels with Ginger, Miso and SpinachSake-Steamed Mussels with Ginger, Miso and Spinach

F&W's Grace Parisi shares a classic recipe for mussels in white wine, then creates amazing alternatives with clam broth, lager, and, in this recipe, sake.

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Ginger-Garlic Shrimp with Tangy Tomato Sauce

Ginger-Garlic Shrimp with Tangy Tomato Sauce
© Matthew Hranek

The marinade for these shrimp—a piquant mix of lemon juice, garlic, ginger, basil and parsley—would be equally good with pork or chicken. The dipping sauce is almost chutney-like with chunks of whole tomatoes; lemongrass and lime juice add tang.

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Ginger-Miso Sweet Pea Spread

Ginger-Miso Sweet Pea Spread. Photo © David Malosh
© David Malosh

As a dairy-free alternative to creamy dips, the recipe here calls for pureeing sweet peas with scallions, ginger and jalapeño, then seasoning the mix with yellow miso. Serve the spread with different kinds of crackers and breads or sugar snap peas and celery for dipping.

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Ginger Vinaigrette

Ginger Vinaigrette
© Tina Rupp

Melissa Rubel Jacobson says the easiest way to peel fresh ginger for this punchy Asian-inspired vinaigrette is to scrape it with the edge of a spoon. She then grates it on a Microplane zester (other fine graters work well, too) before using it in the dressing.

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Lamb Pita Pockets with Tomato-Ginger Compote

Lamb Pita Pockets with Tomato-Ginger Compote

City Winery chef Andres Barrera slow-roasts lamb until tender, then stuffs it into warm pitas along with pickled red onions, feta cheese and a bright-flavored tomato-ginger compote (also great on a burger or cheese plate).

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Raisin-Ginger Pan Sauce

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Raisin-Ginger Pan Sauce

Pam Anderson likes to serve sliced tenderloin—a very lean cut of pork—with a tangy raisin-and-ginger-flavored sauce that tastes much more decadent than it actually is, thanks to a secret ingredient: cornstarch, which gives the sauce body while avoiding added fat.

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Coffee-Ginger Shakerato

Coffee-Ginger Shakerato
© Ailine Liefeld

Malin Elmlid's friend John Benjamin Savary sweetens this clever coffee mocktail with ginger syrup and orange marmalade. Marmalade made with Seville oranges is best because it has a pleasing bitter edge.

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Lemon-Ginger Mousse

Lemon-Ginger Mousse

This mousse is a terrific way to end Thanksgiving dinner because it's appropriately indulgent, but also light and tangy. It uses ginger in three forms—fresh, ground and candied—for layers of heat and flavor.

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Ginger-Spiced Pecans

Ginger-Spiced Pecans

Pecan halves sautéed with butter, sugar, and ground ginger are positively addictive. Serve them with ice cream, a selection of cookies, or fruit desserts, or on their own after dessert as petit fours. They're quick to make and, presented in tins, are great holiday gifts. If you prepare the pecans more than two days ahead, add another half teaspoon of ginger, since the flavor dissipates over time.

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Ginger-Marinated Chicken with Onions and Peppers

Ginger Marinated Chicken with Peppers and Onions
© Lucy Schaeffer

To give this simple dish another layer of flavor without adding much fat, chef Jacques Torres glazes chicken and vegetables with a bit of honey and cooks them until they are deeply caramelized.

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Slow Cooker Ginger-Beef Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Ginger-Beef Noodle Soup

This gingery soup features meaty shiitake mushrooms, shredded beef chuck and chewy Japanese udon noodles.

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Ginger Sandwich Cookies

Ginger Sandwich Cookies

Nick Malgieri adds a puckery note to his gingersnap cookies by sandwiching them with a fresh lemon cream.

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Ginger-Roasted Chicken

Ginger-Roasted Chicken

Pair with an aromatic Riesling, such as one from Washington State.

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Molasses-Gingerbread Cake with Mascarpone Cream

Molasses-Gingerbread Cake with Mascarpone Cream
© Con Poulos

Katie Rosenhouse, pastry chef at Olana in New York City, makes gingerbread year-round, not just at Christmastime. Her supermoist cake, flavored with molasses for a mellow sweetness, is excellent with wine-poached pears or a topping of whipped mascarpone and sugary, slightly bitter confited orange peel.

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Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers

According to Ryan Fitzgerald, this drink—created by mixologists Kathy Flick and Marcovaldo Dionysos—is based on the Favorite Cocktail in Jacques Straub's 1914 book Drinks. The updated recipe amps up the Favorite's ginger flavor with an intense syrup infused with fresh ginger and black peppercorns.

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