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Where to find lemongrass

juliejulez Apr 22, 2013 11:56 AM

This may seem like a stupid question, but I'd like to make a red curry dish that involves "2tbsp of thinly sliced lemongrass". So, where might I find this in a typical grocery store? Is it usually kept near the other herbs? Or maybe near the green onions? By the fresh ginger? I can't say I've ever seen it, but then again, I haven't really looked for it either. I do not have good access to an Asian market, so I'd rather just find it at my local store (King Soopers) or at Sprouts.

In the event I can't find fresh, I saw in another thread where some folks use a paste from a tube... would that be OK to use? The recipe I'm making is not a super authentic one, way less ingredients than most red curry recipes I've seen.

  1. HillJ May 2, 2013 04:50 PM

    Some interesting recipes using lemongrass all in one online space so I thought I'd share:

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      Harters Apr 23, 2013 11:01 AM

      Lemongrass is just about always available in supermarkets near me. Kept with the other herbs.

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        Chowshok Apr 23, 2013 10:04 AM

        i Just bought a 3 lb bag of fresh lemon grass stalks for $3 at my local produce. I got it, cleaned & removed the outer barkish strands, chopped the stalks into 2inch pieces, put them into a ziplock bag and threw them into the freezer. Will pull out as much as and when needed :-)
        I probably can grate some lemon grass (just like frozen ginger) in my tea. Its supposed to be a cleanser with a great flavor.

        1. HillJ Apr 22, 2013 12:42 PM


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          1. re: HillJ
            wyogal Apr 22, 2013 12:43 PM

            Yep, that's the stuff I use. The ginger, too.

            1. re: wyogal
              HillJ Apr 22, 2013 12:45 PM

              I also like the parsley because it keeps for a good while without browning.

            2. re: HillJ
              juliejulez Apr 22, 2013 01:03 PM

              Thanks! Should I use the same amount of the paste that's called for in the recipe for fresh (2 tbsp), or use less?

              I like the idea of the paste since, like was already mentioned, I don't need that much and it's not something I'm going to use that often.

              1. re: juliejulez
                HillJ Apr 22, 2013 01:05 PM

                Same amount if you really love the taste. Once you buy the paste give it a taste. Lemongrass is a flavor ingred. you can easily add as you go. Subtle, bright and really nice in dishes.

                1. re: HillJ
                  juliejulez Apr 22, 2013 01:24 PM

                  Great, thanks so much!

                  1. re: juliejulez
                    HillJ Apr 22, 2013 01:29 PM

                    You bet! I love red curry and lemongrass.

              2. re: HillJ
                HillJ May 26, 2013 10:48 AM

                I made one of the cookie recipes from Gourmet Garden yesterday using their ginger and lemongrass paste. Really easy and very tasty.


              3. weezieduzzit Apr 22, 2013 12:41 PM

                Its in every grocery store here, in the area of smaller baskets of "specialty" produce by the pound. Its cheapest in asian markets, though- but if you save a stalk and root it, it's insanely easy to grow.

                1. HillJ Apr 22, 2013 12:41 PM

                  If my usual grocer doesn't carry the actual fresh stalks of lemongrass I see they carry the paste in tubs in the produce section.

                  I do have several Asian markets to buy fresh from but for the small amount your recipe calls for the tube of lemongrass paste might be better anyway. The brand Gourmet Garden is sold in most supermarkets.

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                    wyogal Apr 22, 2013 12:39 PM

                    I use the tube stuff as I can't always find the fresh.

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                      small h Apr 22, 2013 12:36 PM

                      I've seen it in Whole Foods and Union Market. If memory serves, it was over by the artichokes at both stores, displayed standing up in a basket.

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