Commonly used in Asian cooking, fragrant lemongrass brings its bright citrus and herbal notes to everything from soups and marinades to salads and desserts. Here are our 16 favorite lemongrass recipes, from classic hot and sour Thai soup to a sweet lemongrass syrup.
Chef Seppi Rengli created this dish while at New York’s Sea Grill restaurant, using lemongrass in the marinade, then skewering the shrimp with the stalks to add extra flavor.
Fragrantly herbal and vaguely citrusy, stir lemongrass syrup into a mint julep for an exotic take on the classic. It’s also lovely drizzled over pound cake, tossed with a mango–papaya fruit salad, or used to sweeten a glass of iced tea.
Fragrant with lime juice and lemongrass, this hot and sour soup is based on a recipe from our friend Nancie McDermott, author of Real Thai (Chronicle Books, 1992). Get the recipe for Tom Yum Goong »
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