We all know that ginger is good for us (plus it tastes delicious), but sometimes it can be difficult to dream up new and exciting recipes using this superfood. That’s why we’ve put together 8 recipes using fresh ginger so you can eat more of it every day.
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Ginger has analgesic and antibacterial properties, which means it’s perfect for treating a sore throat. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory which is why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reduced pain and improved mobility when they consume ginger regularly. Ginger also soothes digestive issues and has antioxidant effects.
With all these amazing benefits, who wouldn’t want to eat more ginger? And we’ve made it easy with 8 delicious recipes using fresh ginger.
1 Marvellous marinade
Whizz 3 smashed garlic cloves, 1 tbsp grated ginger, a chopped jalapeño and a handful of chopped coriander leaves in a blender. Add 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil and a good splash of white wine. Pour over fish or chicken and bake at 180C (about 10 minutes for fish or 20 minutes for chicken breasts). Serve with brown rice.
2 Ginger biscuits
Melt together 100g butter and 100g castor sugar, then beat in 1 egg and 100g golden syrup or molasses. Stir in 275g flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1 to 2 tsp freshly grated ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground cloves and a pinch of salt to make a delicious ginger cookie dough. Roll into balls and flatten slightly on a lined baking sheet. Bake in a 190C oven for 8 to 10 minutes. The longer you bake the ginger biscuits, the crunchier they will get.
3 Fizzy refresher
When you’re thinking up recipes using fresh ginger, don’t forget you can drink this good-for-you spice! Put 100g ginger, sliced, 500ml water and 200g sugar into a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Leave to steep for longer if possible. Strain the syrup and leave to cool. Pour the syrup into an ice-filled glass and top up with sparkling water or lemonade and a slice of lemon. Store in the fridge.
4 Super ginger smoothie
Peel and grate a chunk of ginger, then blitz with 150g coconut cream or milk, half a fresh mango and honey, to taste. Ideal for breakfast on the go.
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5 Perfect pickle
Sprinkle thin slices of ginger with sea salt and leave for 30 minutes. Mix 50ml rice vinegar and 50g sugar in a saucepan until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, then pour over the ginger pieces. Leave to cool and store in the fridge. Perfect to add to a salad or stir-fry.
6 Soothing ginger tea
Place 2 or 3 slices of fresh ginger into a mug with a slice or 2 of fresh lemon. Pour boiling water into the mug and let the tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Add a sprig of fresh mint and a teaspoon of honey if you like your tea sweetened, then drink it while it’s still hot.
7. Soy & ginger dressing
This dressing is one of our favourite recipes using fresh ginger. It’s amazing tossed through stir-fried veggies or served as a dipping sauce alongside dumplings. Mix together 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp rice wine vinegar and 1 tsp honey. Add a pinch of chilli flakes or a dash of hot sauce if you’d like to add a spicy edge.
8. Gingery gluhwein
Mix 750ml red wine, 250g brown sugar, 1 orange (cut into slices plus the zest of 1 orange), 4 cinnamon sticks, 3 to 4 whole cloves, pinch of ground nutmeg and a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger (quartered). Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for 5 minutes. When the gluhwein is hot and the sugar has dissolved, strain the liquid and remove the larger spices. Serve with a piece of orange, cinnamon stick or slice of ginger in each cup.