5 Ways to Use Ginger Paste

5 Ways to Use Ginger Paste

1. Mix into stir-fries

Minced garlic and ginger are essential ingredients for many stir-fries. Ginger paste can be used in a marinade for meats prior to cooking, or added directly to the stir-fry pan while cooking the vegetables. Just keep in mind that ginger paste is pungent—a little goes a long way.

2. Prepare with fish

Sushi chefs aren’t mistaken in pairing ginger with fish. Instead of serving it separately as a palate cleaner, mix it directly into fish-based tartar, ceviche, or a pot of mussels. The zestiness alleviates any lingering fishiness.

3. Incorporate into desserts

One teaspoon of ginger paste is equivalent to about 1 inch minced ginger root. And let’s face it: it’s easier to use. Next time your gingerbread recipe calls for fresh ginger or you want to add some verve to holiday cookies, replace fresh ginger with easy-to-use ginger paste.

4. Steep in tea

Ginger root is prized for its medicinal and restorative properties. As a natural pick-me-up, steep 1 tablespoon ginger paste in 1 cup hot water. Strain into a warmed mug and stir in honey and lemon juice. Alternatively, infuse 1 quart water with 1 tablespoon ginger paste in the refrigerator overnight.

5. Spice up a cocktail

Classic drinks take on added flavor with fresh ginger. The ever-popular Moscow Mule, a cocktail made with vodka and ginger beer, has more body with ginger paste. Give a spin on the traditional martini by shaking sake with ginger paste, lemongrass, and citrus juices. 


Matthew Powell is a New York-based lifestyle journalist and recipe developer and has been published in New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, and Interior Design. Prior to media work, he cooked in the kitchens of Daniel and Eleven Madison Park.

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