Ginger is beloved in Indian and Asian cuisines for its pungency, aroma and health benefits. But dealing with ginger root at home can be a bit challenging. Just arm yourself with these simple tricks and you'll learn how to cut ginger like a pro in no time.
First things first, ginger has a look of nooks and crannies so that makes it very hard to peel with a vegetable peeler or knife. Instead, you'll want to scrape the skin off with a spoon to really get into the crevices.
Second, the way you cut ginger will depend on what you want to use it for. Making tea? Slicing ginger into discs will do just fine. Cooking a stir fry? Julienned ginger will work well. Making an Indian lentils? Minced ginger is ideal.
Here's how to cut ginger in a few easy steps:
- Break off the amount of ginger needed.
- Use a spoon to scrape the skin off the ginger root.
- Cut a slice off and set that flats side down on the cutting board to steady the ginger.
- If slicing into discs, just slice widthwise.
- For julienned ginger: you'll want to slice the ginger lengthwise into strips. Stack the strips and cut into thin matchstick pieces.
- If you want finely minced ginger cut the julienned pieces into a tiny dice. You could use a microplane or grater to obtain finer results.
Want to see it in action? Here's a quick video from Yummly that illustrates how to cut ginger: