17 Best Ginger Recipes

Ginger soy steamed fish recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

If your experience of ginger starts and ends with ginger ale, we've got a whole new category of deliciousness ready for your taste buds. Home cooks around the world love the way ginger adds a little heat, a little sweetness, and an intense flavor to both sweet and savory dishes. Try adding a few of these gingery recipes to your repertoire.

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    Carrot Ginger Soup

    Carrot ginger soup

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    Ginger brings out carrot's natural sweetness while adding a bit of a kick for interest. Adding almonds thickens this creamy carrot soup, making it perfect for a light lunch with a side of crusty bread or as an interesting start to your dinner.

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    Japanese Pickled Ginger

    Japanese pickled ginger

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    If you love the pickled ginger that comes with many sushi rolls, make your own at home with this simple recipe. For best results, use fresh young ginger that has a thin skin you can peel with your fingers or a spoon.

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    Frosted Ginger Cookies

    Frosted Ginger Cookies

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    Perfect for people who like their sweets balanced with a little spice, these frosted ginger cookies taste great alongside a cup of tea or coffee. You can leave off the frosting for a less sweet treat, but it does pair nicely with the spice in these chewy cookies.

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    Vegan Tofu-Vegetable Stir-Fry With Ginger

    Vegan tofu and vegetable stir-fry with ginger

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    For a simple, zesty meal that works for vegan diets, try this one-dish stir-fry with a ginger sauce that comes together in a flash. This recipe uses precooked rice to use up any leftovers you have hanging around. If you don't have any, cook the rice while you prep the rest of the ingredients.

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    Plum and Ginger Jam

    Plum and ginger jam

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    Keep the summery excitement of stone fruit going all winter long by making your own plum and ginger jam. Adding ginger gives it a nice warming note that you'll enjoy spreading on English muffins or toast, using to fill cakes or doughnuts, or spooning over vanilla ice cream.

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    Ginger Cake

    Ginger cake

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    Two types of ginger give this fall loaf cake its enticing flavor: candied ginger and ground dried ginger. Mace and mixed spice round out the autumnal flavor in a soft cake that will turn an afternoon tea break into a special occasion.

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    Gingerroot Tea

    Homemade ginger tea

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Tea made with fresh gingerroot tastes so much more flavorful than the kind you buy in teabags. Ginger tastes great hot or cold, and it may help settle upset stomachs and soothe jangled nerves.

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    Spicy Ginger and Lime Sauce

    Spicy ginger and lime sauce

    The Spruce / Nancy Lope-McHugh

    This zippy ginger and lime sauce is reminiscent of Vietnamese and Thai flavors and works great as a dipper for spring rolls or dumplings, a marinade for poultry, fish, or pork, or a condiment for any kind of meat or fish. You can also easily adjust it to suit your heat tolerance.

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    Pumpkin Ginger Scones

    Pumpkin ginger scones with sweet tahini glaze

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Scones don't come out as sweet as quick breads or muffins, and they have a dense and crumbly texture that pairs perfectly with coffee or tea. Ginger gives this scone recipe's sweet pumpkin base a little extra spice, while a nutty tahini glaze makes a savory change from the usual sugary glaze.

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    Sweet and Sour Pork With Ginger Sauce

    Sweet and sour pork over white rice

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Ginger complements the natural sweetness in pork perfectly, and the addition of pineapple, bell peppers, and soy sauce rounds it all out. Serve this Asian-inspired sweet and sour pork over white rice to soak up all of the delectable sauce.

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    Gluten-Free Double Ginger Lemon Cookies

    Gluten-free giant lemon ginger crisp cookies

    The Spruce / Teri Lee Gruss

    Make those giant cookies they serve at coffee shops at home and without any gluten to boot. Two kinds of ginger, both lemon zest and juice, and lots of butter give these light and airy ginger lemon cookies lots of fresh flavor.

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    Ginger-Soy Steamed Fish

    Ginger-soy steamed fish recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Steaming fish gives it a tender, moist texture—and it couldn't be easier. You can apply this technique to both whole fish or fillets. The soy-ginger sauce adds savory flavor with light and dark soy sauce and plenty of fresh ginger.

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    Lemongrass Ginger Iced Tea

    Lemongrass ginger iced tea

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    Feel your shoulders loosen as you sip this relaxing drink made from fresh ginger, lemongrass, and black tea. Ginger gives this iced tea an energizing spiciness, lemongrass lends a light citrus note, and black tea brings an earthy base. Serve with lemon slices and fresh mint if you have it.

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    Slow-Cooker Garlic Ginger Chicken Wings

    Crock pot ginger chicken wings

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    For a nearly hands-off dish that works great for a weeknight meal or even a snack to watch a game, try these ginger and garlic wings that come together in the slow cooker. The sauce also works great for stir-fries, so save the recipe for other uses, too.

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    Asian Ginger Coleslaw

    Pickled ginger coleslaw

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    Give your barbecue some Asian flair with this ginger coleslaw. You can make your own pickled ginger or buy a prepared jar to save time. Try it piled on top of burgers, chicken, or any barbecued meat, or serve alongside grilled mains.

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    Ginger Simple Syrup

    Ginger simple syrup

    ​The Spruce / Ali Redmond

    Ginger simple syrup is an incredibly useful ingredient for the kitchen and home bar. Easy to make, you can add the sweet spice to your drink routine without hassle. Try adding it to cocktails, iced tea, and iced coffee for sweetness with a little spice.

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    Traditional Ginger Biscuits (aka Ginger Snaps)

    Ginger biscuits (aka ginger snaps)
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    Ginger biscuits—also known affectionately as ginger nuts or ginger snaps—are one of Britain's favorite cookies. Sweet with a hint of spice, they make the perfect partner to a hot cup of tea. Once they cool, they become extra crisp, perfect for dunking.