Great 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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Ginger-Roasted Winter Squash

Ginger-Roasted Winter Squash
© Frances Janisch

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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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.

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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

Double-Ginger Sugar Cookies
© Karen Mordechai

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
© Tina Rupp

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

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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
© Cedric Angeles

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
© Stephanie Foley

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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Lemon-Ginger Mousse

Lemon-Ginger Mousse
© Con Poulos

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-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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Ginger-Roasted Chicken

Ginger Roasted Chicken

© Lucy Schaeffer

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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