Everyone knows how healthy and delicious ginger is. It has been used as a medicinal remedy as well as a spice in several delicious ginger recipes for thousands of years. However, the properties of ginger in recipes extend beyond the delicious taste, as ginger in all its forms (fresh, dried, grated, or oil) is chock-full of nutrients.
Ginger is so good for you, in fact, that it’s used to help get you stronger, healthier skin and hair, and a means of aiding weight-loss. So, incorporating ginger in your diet through your food is something you should surely consider doing.
So, scroll down to see a number of delicious ginger recipes that you definitely need to try.
Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon
If you’re looking for a recipe that’ll impress everyone at your dinner table, then this is it. Other than just being delicious, it’s also healthy.
What you’re going to need:
- 1 1/2 pounds of raw salmon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 grated garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 1-2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 4 sliced green onions
For the sesame ginger honey glaze:
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
Gingered Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Pecan Cream
Is there anything better than a warm bowl of butternut squash soup? Yes, and it’s a bowl of gingered butternut squash soup with a dollop of cream and crunchy pecans. Give me about three bowls, please!
What you’re going to need
- 2 large butternut squash
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 cup pecans
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 large onion
- 1 small fennel bulb halved, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- One 1 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 6 cups chicken stock
- One 14-ounce can of unsweetened coconut milk
- 3/4 cup chilled heavy cream
- 1 tsp hazelnut oil
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Grilled Ginger-Sesame Chicken Chopped Salad
This is an amazing recipe that’s easy, healthy, and includes all sorts of flavors and textures, from crunchy to tender to chewy, for an explosion of taste in your mouth.
This is what you will need:
For the dressing and the marinade:
- 1/4 c low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp finely minced ginger
- 3 Tbsp canola oil
- 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp Sriracha
- 1/2 tsp salt, or add more to taste
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
For the salad:
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 pound napa cabbage
- 2 medium carrots cut into matchsticks
- 2/3 cup of toasted almonds, slivered or sliced
- 1/2 chopped cup cilantro leaves
- 3 chopped green onions
- 1 tsp toasted white sesame seeds
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
Old Fashioned Gingerbread
If there’s something that tastes like nostalgia, it’s gingerbread. It’s childhood memories and Christmas all wrapped in one delicious piece of cake.
What you will need:
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup molasses
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup hot water
Pineapple Ginger Mojitos
If you have a cold and aren’t particularly feeling like drinking a ginger tea, then how about a ginger mojito? Works just as well, right? It has limes, and mint leaves, and ginger! Just kidding, nothing beats ginger tea when it comes to colds, but this mojito is the perfect drink to make if you’ve got a couple friends over for a night in.
What you will need:
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- ½ ounce agave simple syrup (1/2 tablespoon light agave nectar mixed with ½ tablespoon water)
- 2 ounces clear rum
- 3 oz freshly pureed pineapple
- 3 oz sparkling water
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp, packed finely grated ginger
- fresh mint leaves for garnish
Ginger recipes for when you’re not feeling well
Other than adding a delicious taste to your recipes, ginger has a number of health benefits as well, which range from treating nausea to relieving symptoms of colds and helping with menstrual cramps.
Some of the ways you can use ginger as a home-remedy are as a soup or tea.
Cleansing Ginger-Chicken Soup
A good hearty chicken soup combined with the benefits of ginger, and your cold won’t stand a chance.
What you will need:
- 1 sliced onion
- 2 chopped celery stalks
- 8 ounces unpeeled scrubbed ginger, cut into ½-inch-thick slices
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 10 whole black peppercorns
- 1 3-pound whole organic chicken, cut into 7 pieces (2 breasts, 2 legs with thighs attached, 2 wings, 1 back)
- Kosher salt
To make ginger tea, just add a couple slices of fresh ginger slices to a cup of hot water. Let it steep a few minutes before drinking and then you can add honey or lemon juice in order to improve the taste.
However, keep in mind that the suggested dosage for an adult is 3 – 4 grams of ginger extract per day, while it is not recommended to be used for children under the age of 2. And while it’s good for both nausea and colds, pregnant women should not consume more than 1 gram of ginger extract per day.
So, even though those recipes are delicious, I would not recommend having a four-course meal with all ginger recipes – unless you want a case of heartburn, that is. Still, if consumed in appropriate quantities, ginger is healthy, delicious, and has close to no side effects. It is also on the FDA’s “generally recognized as safe” list.
Enjoy your ginger recipe!