What To Do With Ground Ginger
Ginger is a seasoning known for its warming flavor properties and is used in savory dishes and baked goods around the world. As is the case with many tubers, ginger does possess a bit of sweetness, but unlike many starchy root vegetables like potatoes, beets, and carrots, ginger also contributes a spicy kick. You are most likely already well aware that ginger is a primary ingredient in gingerbread, ginger ale, and gingersnap cookies, but this spice is fully capable of adding loads of flavor into many other dishes, even when it isn’t the main feature!
Our Favorite Uses for Ground Ginger
One of the easiest ways to incorporate that unmistakable ginger flavor into beverages, baked goods, and both sweet and savory dishes is to use powdered ginger. We are in love with ground Sri Lankan ginger and try to always have some in the spice cabinet. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite uses for ground ginger. Keep reading to learn what they are.
Use powdered ginger to make a flavorful ginger spritz.
Spritzers are usually enjoyed when the weather is warm, so it may come as a surprise that a warming spice is such a fantastic enhancement. Simply mix a small amount of your powdered ginger with a bit of honey and stir it together with your favorite liquor, white wine, or juice (for non alcoholic) and top it off with a bit of sparkling water.
Add ground ginger to stir fry.
It’s hard to come across a stir fry that doesn’t contain ginger. One of our favorite stir fry sauces is incredibly simple to make and is perfect for just about any protein and vegetable combination. Just mix together ½ cup soy sauce or coconut aminos, 3 tablespoons each of rice wine vinegar and sesame oil, a couple of cloves of crushed garlic, 1 heaping teaspoon of ginger powder, a pinch of chile flakes, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of orange or lime juice.
Use ground ginger to make a comforting soup.
Purée together broth and either roasted carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, beets, green garlic, or any combination of the above. Once smooth, stir in a bit of milk, cream, or milk substitute and heat it over a stove. Mix in ground ginger powder, sea salt, and pepper and, voila, a simple and satiating delight! This simple recipe is perfect for hot or chilled soups and can be served as a meal in itself or as the precursor to a main course.
Use powdered ginger as a desert topping.
Of course, we can’t forget to discuss some of the sweeter uses for ground ginger. It’s a common ingredient in baked goods, but what about the simpler desserts in your life. We love sprinkling a little ginger powder over vanilla ice cream with poached fruit like peaches, blueberries, or pears.
We love to try new ginger recipes. Let us know some of your favorite uses for ground ginger in the comments.