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Uses for Ginger

Does anyone have any ideas on how to use fresh ginger? I've done a search on my own and the only thing Google is giving me is Ale and cookies.

I would like something savory but simple.

Thanks Bunches

Rosaline G

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  1. You mean in a dish, right? Ginger is used very extensively in Asian cooking for example. It is always used as a spice. You can even make green onion ginger dipping sauce, which I like a lot:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_1V3rDVgiJyg...

    It is simple. Ginger, scallion (green onion), oil and salt.

    1. Jerk seasoning is the first thing that comes to mind..I love fresh ginger in this dish. Also, a simple cucumber salad with them sliced, sliced scallions & finely grated ginger (use a microplane & put in freezer first to firm it up for easier grating). Make a simple vinaigrette with rice vinegar, a pinch of sugar, s & p. Toss together and refrigerate for a few hours for the flavors to meld.

      Other uses are orange ginger sauce for stir fry or glazing chicken, fish or pork. Add some grated to pancakes or waffle batter, grilled sesame ginger tuna or shrimp salad, keeping with the Asian theme. For a beverage, make ginger lemon or limeade by steeping sliced ginger for a simple syrup first. You said you wanted savory but you could use ginger in a pear compote or marmalade. And don't forget, ginger wrapped well freezes beautifully. Just use what you need and put back in freezer.

      1. I can suggest 2 savory recipes that are simple and quite fast.

        The first is a salmon stir firy. Peel 2-3 inches of ginger and chop into half inch cubes. Grind up in the food processor with some chopped chillies and a couple of bits of peeled garlic. Then take some skinned salmon steaks and chop them into 1 inch cubes, and stir fry in a wok with the ground up chilli & ginger mixture and a few splashes of soya sauce. I don't tend to add any oil, as the salmon produces enough oil. Yummy with either rice or new potatoes and a vegetable.

        The second is a chicken recipe. Saute chopped onions, then add minced garlic & again a few inches of ginger (peeled & finely minced). Add pieces of skinless cubed chicken breast and continue to stir fry till the chicken is cooked through. Then add yoghurt and heat through, and finally some ground almonds (to pull the separated yoghurt into a nice creamy sauce) just as you're turning off the heat. Serve with rice.

        1. I'd suggest that the OP needs to re-Google on slightly different search criteria. Ginger is used so extensively in recipes that she must be asking for something very restrictive to only come up with ale & cookies.

          Here's just one website:
          http://www.recipes4us.co.uk/Ginger%20...

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          1. re: Harters

            Agree with Harters. I was a bit astonished to read she only had come up with Ale and Cookies (although fresh grated ginger root, candied ginger, and ground ginger together are wonderful in cookies!)

            It's superb in things like a pot roast, chicken or pork stir frys, mixed with maple syrup as a marinade for salmon before grilling, in vinaigrettes, mixed in with mango, finely diced red bell peppers, and onions for a fruit salsa, mixed with butter and tossed with cooked carrots and green beans....lots of things.

            Some recipes using fresh ginger:

            http://homecooking.about.com/library/...

            1. re: Harters

              A site like www.supercook.com will generate recipes based on the ingredient list you input.

              My current favorite recipe using ginger is Stir-fried Roasted Eggplant, from Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. It also contains scallions, garlic, tomato, and other seasonings and is versatile: omelet filling, topping for starches, bruschetta....

            2. first, i'd make chicken tikka! http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

              then i'd make some spinach, indian-style (palak paneer, saag, etc.) http://www.whats4eats.com/vegetables/...

              then i'd make thai ginger chicken http://importfood.com/recipes/gingerc...

              then i'd make ginger lemongrass soup from thailand http://events.nytimes.com/recipes/651...

              then i'd make creamy curried carrot-ginger soup http://www.oprah.com/food/Curry-Carro...