Ginger Recipes

Bright, spicy, and slightly sweet, ginger enlivens all sorts of dishes

Bright, spicy, and slightly sweet, ginger enlivens all sorts of dishes. From crispy fried chicken to sweet cookies, check out our favorite ginger recipes.

Ginger is featured prominently in Japanese and Japanese-inspired dishes. Our Japanese-style chicken wings use potato starch to get a crispy crust and are flavored with ginger, garlic, and sansho, the Japanese equivalent of Sichuan pepper. Our kombu and squid fried rice from chef Tadashi Ono is a simple one-pot dish rich in umami and kicked up with ginger.

Steeping ginger in water with sugar yields a flavorful simple syrup to use in cocktails. The Saint is a white-wine based drink with vermouth, lemon juice, and a spicy ginger syrup. Our Japanese old fashioned has the bourbon-Angostura combo typical for the drink, but is sweetened with a ginger simple syrup made with kuru sato, or Japanese black sugar, which has a taste similar to dark brown sugar.

We also love adding ginger to sweet dishes. The bright spiciness highlights all the other flavors of a good dessert. Try our pear pie in which ginger balances the fruity filling and buttery crumble of sweet streusel. Fresh and candied ginger deliver a one-two punch in our decadent chocolate chess pie. And of course, you can't forget gingerbread cookies. Our recipe for this holiday classic calls for cloves, cinnamon, and ginger.

Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of ginger recipes.

Japanese-Style Chicken Wings

Japanese Fried Chicken
Sansho, the Japanese equivalent of Sichuan pepper, adds kick to these sake-and-mirin-marinated wings. A fresh squeeze of lemon brightens them up for serving. Get the recipe for Japanese-Style Chicken Wings »Nicole Franzen

Razor Clams Fantasia

Razor Clams in White Wine Sauce
Colatura, an Italian fish sauce, brings an umami note to this simple appetizer of meaty razor clams.Michael Turek
Zanzibari Pressed Sugarcane Drink

Zanzibari Pressed Sugarcane Drink

“This is just the freshest and most refreshing juice you can drink, ever,” gushes Marcus Samuelsson about his favorite drink at Zanzibar's night market. Feel free to add the juice—which, when fermented and distilled, turns into rum—to beer for a sweet cocktail, as some Zanzibaris do, or drink it straight, as shown here, with ginger for added spice.Nicole Franzen

Fonio-Crusted Crab Cakes

Fonio-Crusted Crab Cakes
Fonio, a variety of millet, gives Pierre Thiam's West-African-inspired crab cakes a satisfyingly crisp crust.Matt Taylor-Gross
Sweet and Sour Vegetables with Poached Egg

Sweet and Sour Vegetables with Poached Egg

Ginger, lemongrass, and maple vinegar add a warm base note to this dish, which is packed with root vegetables, and topped with a crisp greens and a poached egg.Romulo Yanes
Carrot Ginger Dressing

Carrot Ginger Dressing

This vibrantly orange dressing was made famous by Japanese-American steak houses. It gets its incomparably clean flavor from puréed carrot and fresh ginger.Maxime Iattoni

Spinach and Edamame Egg Drop Soup

Spinach and Edamame Egg Drop Soup
A handful of soybeans and fresh spinach lightens up this Chinese restaurant favorite. Get the recipe for Spinach and Edamame Egg Drop Soup »Farideh Sadeghin
Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies like these are popular in Sweden during the holidays and can be served plain or decorated with icing. This recipe comes from the 80-year-old Vete-Katten bakery in Stockholm.Todd Coleman

Sesame Noodles

Sesame Noodles
A garnish of chopped peanuts and slivered cucumber and carrot add crunch to the silky, savory Chinese-American noodle dish.Maxime Iattoni
Pear and Ginger Pie

Pear and Ginger Pie with Streusel Topping

Fresh ginger gives the filling of this pear pie a warming kick of spice, balanced by the buttery crumble of sweet streusel.Ariana Lindquist
Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer

Before brewing this spiced ginger soda, it is important to sanitize all tools and equipment. See this site for more information, and find champagne yeast and 1-liter EZ cap beer bottles at Midwest Supplies.Ingalls Photography

Ginger Syrup

Ginger Syrup
Infused with ginger and black pepper, this syrup makes a great homemade ginger beer: Just mix one part syrup to three parts soda water.Ingalls Photography

Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie

Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie
A decadent mix of chocolates and ginger ups the ante on a classic Southern pie.Andrew Ingalls

Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies

Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies
This recipe, from Gluten Free Girl & The Chef blogger Shauna Ahern, appeared in our 2012 Cookie Advent Calendar. Shauna says: "Every year when my mother made her pillow-soft molasses cookies, I just sighed with happiness at the holidays. But by the time she was ready to hand over the baking, I could no longer eat gluten, and she couldn't find that recipe. So I fiddled and baked until I came up with these."Noah Fecks
The Black and Stormy

The Black and Stormy

This recipe for a modified Dark and Stormy uses fresh ginger juice for a kick of refreshing heat.Laura Sant
Cardamom-Ginger Crunch

Cardamom-Ginger Crunch

These shortbreads get their spicy kick from ground cardamom and ginger.Todd Coleman

Kyushiki (Japanese Old Fashioned)

Japanese old-fashioned
Frequently found in Japanese baking, black sugar, or kuru sato, is made by boiling unrefined sugar cane and has a flavor similar to dark brown sugar. Combined with ginger, it adds spice and a deep molasses flavor to a traditional old fashioned.Laura Sant
The Saint White Wine Cocktail

The Saint

This white wine-based cocktail from Brooklyn, New York's Café Moto starts off summery, with the aromas of fresh basil and mint and an effervescent topper of club soda.Farideh Sadeghin
Cold Peach Soup

Cold Peach Soup

Puréed canned peaches form the base of this delicate soup, which is thickened with tart Greek yogurt and spiced with fresh ginger.James Roper

Ginger Curry Candied Almonds

Ginger Curry Candied Almonds
Sweet, salty and just a little spicy, these glazed almonds are a popular addition to gift baskets and party spreads. Always make more than you think you'll need as it's hard to resist snacking on them when they're still warm.Nicole Franzen

Sweet Potato Honey Fries with Curry-Honey Sauce

Sweet Potato Honey Fries with Curry-Honey Sauce
An aromatic combination of spices elevate the humble sweet potato oven fry to something truly special.Maxime Iattoni
Puréed Carrots with Orange and Ginger

Puréed Carrots with Orange and Ginger

Cookbook author Leah Koenig's family always served puréed carrots as part of their Jewish holiday repertoire. This version, from her forthcoming book The Modern Jewish Cookbook (Chronicle, 2015), gets amped up with ginger, garlic, and bright citrus.Cory Baldwin

Poulet Grillé au Gingembre

Poulet Grillé au Gingembre
Thyme, bay leaf, and garlic add aromatic flourish to this simple yet elegant grilled chicken recipe.Helen Rosner
Steamed Fish with Ginger and Scallions (Ging Zheng Yu)

Steamed Fish with Ginger and Scallions (Ging Zheng Yu)

You can use a bamboo steamer instead of a wok or skillet to steam the fish for this simple Taiwanese favorite. For a Chinese New Year tradition, save some of the fish for the next day to represent an abundant year.Christie Johnston
Grilled Ginger-Marinated Flank Steak

Grilled Ginger-Marinated Flank Steak

Honey adds a contrasting sweetness to this savory grilled steak suffused with ginger, lime, and garlic.Ingalls Photography
Spicy Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Spicy Ginger Shortbread Cookies

These yellow-hued shortbread cookies from chef Chris Tan are inspired by spicy English gingerbread, as well as Dutch and Indonesian ginger cookies.Penny De Los Santos

Seared Scallops with Wasabi-Ginger Butter

Seared Scallops with Wasabi-Ginger Butter
After discovering that fresh whole wasabi plants were available in the United States, Adrian J.S. Hale found all kinds of innovative uses for them, such as this butter-rich sauce in which the pungent heat of the wasabi root, or rhizome, is balanced by the delicate earthiness of the leaves for a mild heat and slight bitterness that accentuate the sweet flavor of plump pan-seared scallops.Helen Rosner
Garlic and Red-Miso Porterhouse

Garlic and Red-Miso Porterhouse

A marinade of red miso, ginger, and garlic gives this steak a crisp, flavorful crust and a juicy interior.Todd Coleman

Soy-Braised Kabocha Squash

Soy-Braised Kabocha Squash
Braising—with a healthy dose of soy—is one of our favorite ways to bring out the texture and flavor of winter squash.Maxime Iattoni

Kombu and Squid Steamed Rice

Kombu and Squid Steamed Rice
This one-pot sticky rice dish from chef Tadashi Ono combines sweet squid, spicy ginger, and shredded seaweed. It makes for a surprisingly satisfying, simple meal thanks to the complex layering of savory, spicy, and subtly sweet flavor.Andre Baranowski

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust
Creamy pumpkin filling over a ginger cookie crust provides a comforting balance of sweetness and spice.Helen Rosner

Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (Yu Xiang Qie Zi)

Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (Yu Xiang Qie Zi)
Steaming eggplant, as opposed to deep-frying it, lightens this fragrant stir-fry adapted from a recipe in Grace Young and Alan Richardson's The Breath of a Wok (Simon & Schuster, 2004).
Indian Curd Rice

Indian Curd Rice

This creamy spiced rice is a staple dish of the Pongal harvest festival in Southern India.Ingalls Photography
Shrimp Satay (Satay Udang)

Shrimp Satay (Satay Udang)

Ground macadamia nuts enrich this spicy Singaporean-style shrimp satay. Get the recipe for Shrimp Satay (Satay Udang) »Todd Coleman
Balinese Tuna Satay (Satay Lilit)

Balinese Tuna Satay (Satay Lilit)

This Balinese-style tuna satay is adapted from Janet De Neefe's Fragrant Rice. Get the recipe for Balinese Tuna Satay (Satay Lilit) »Todd Coleman

Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans

Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal
Spices including cardamom, star anise, and ginger jazz up a morning oatmeal. Mix the dry ingredients ahead of time for an easier camp-side breakfast.Andre Baranowski
Grapefruit and Seafood Ceviche

Grapefruit and Seafood Ceviche

Grapefruit juice, fiery jalapeño, and fragrant ginger transform shrimp, scallops, and calamari into an aromatic, spicy salad. Get the recipe »Ingalls Photography
Seared Scallops with Steamed Brussels Sprout Leaves

Seared Scallops with Steamed Brussels Sprout Leaves

The umami-rich combination of ginger and soy sauce in this scallop dish from Margaux Laroche of Domaine d'Henri is an unusual yet perfect pairing for a glass of crisp chablis.Ingalls Photography
Chai Iced Tea

Chai Iced Tea

This full-flavored chai has plenty of kick, thanks to the addition of black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon, and plenty of other warming spices.Maxime Iattoni
Malaysian Pan-Seared Snapper with Garlic and Chiles (Chuan-Chuan)

Malaysian Pan-Seared Snapper with Garlic and Chiles (Chuan-Chuan)

A blend of garlic, ginger, and chiles adorns this simple pan-fried fish adapted from a recipe in James Oseland's Cradle of Flavor (W. W. Norton & Company, 2006).Romulo Yanes
Braised Sea Bass with Burdock

Braised Sea Bass with Burdock

A quick rinse in boiling water purifies the fish and concentrates its flavor in this dish from New York chef Tadashi Ono.Ingalls Photography
Malabar Fish Fry

Malabar Fish Fry

Writer VK Sreelesh’s in-laws live in the south Indian state of Kerala, along the Malabar Coast, where people's diets are heavily influenced by the area's abundant supply of seafood. One of his favorite dishes is this fried bullseye fish, seasoned with turmeric and chile powder and fried in coconut oil. While small bullseye fish or sardines are traditionally used, salmon, shrimp, or snapper, as we've used here, also work.James Oseland
Strawberry Chile Syrup

Strawberry Chile Syrup

Sichuan peppercorns, ginger, and red chile flakes add complexity and polish to this versatile syrup, made by macerating strawberries with sugar and spices. We love using it in cocktails and drizzling it over pancakes and ice cream for an extra kick of flavor.Laura Sant
Chicken Satay (Satay Ayam)

Chicken Satay (Satay Ayam)

These fragrant chicken skewers are infused with traditional Indonesian spices like lemongrass, garlic, and ginger. Get the recipe for Chicken Satay (Satay Ayam) »Todd Coleman

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies
This thin, chewy, gently spiced cookie is perfect for dunking into milk.Noah Fecks

Sho' Nuff Noodles

Marcus Samuelsson's Sho' Nuff Noodles
We first fell in love with these lightly spicy lo mein noodles when chef Marcus Samuelsson dropped by our kitchen to test drive some recipes for his Harlem restaurant, Streetbird Rotisserie. Laced with oyster sauce, ginger, and yuzu kosho and tossed with pickled mustard greens, the dish is a medley of sweet, tangy, spicy, and sour.Farideh Sadeghin
Braised Pork Belly (Wang Choy Chow Sau)

Braised Pork Belly (Wang Choy Chow Sau)

Pork belly is rendered spoon-tender after a long braise with ginger, cloves, cumin, fennel, and star anise. Its cooking liquid can be reduced into a thick, fragrant sauce. Get the recipe for Braised Pork Belly »Ingalls Photography
Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad

Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad

At Los Angeles’ Lemonade restaurant, crunchy radishes, snap peas, and medium-rare seared tuna are tossed in a ginger-soy dressing for a crisp and colorful entrée salad.Ingalls Photography
Mussels Tostada with Russian Salad and Chipotle Mayonnaise

Mussels Tostada with Russian Salad and Chipotle Mayonnaise

When it comes to sustainable seafood, it's hard to go wrong with mussels. Labeled "Best Choice" by the venerable Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, they are almost always responsibly farmed and harvested, no matter where in the world they're from. At his Manhattan restaurant Cosme, chef Enrique Olvera serves them marinated in a tangy escabeche and piled onto crunchy tostadas with a spicy vegetable salad.Michelle Heimerman
Bacon and shrimp fried rice

Bacon and Shrimp Fried Rice

Bacon adds smoky dimension to this stir-fry. It's easily adapted to whatever leftovers you have in your fridge—roasted pork or chicken, egg, seafood, or just about any kind of vegetables.Andre Baranowski