Wonderful in baked goods, delicious in stir-fries and an absolute must-have for anti-inflammatory juice, grated ginger adds a welcome hint of warmth and spice to some of our favorite recipes. But transforming the knobby root into something you can actually use is kind of a pain. Or is it? As it turns out, there’s a handy tool that solves all your ginger woes. Hands down, the best way to grate ginger is to use a microplane that will quickly and efficiently give you easy-to-use pulp. Here’s everything you need to know about adding this tasty ingredient to a myriad of dishes.
How to Grate Ginger
Before getting started, make the most out of this spicy root by storing it correctly. Keep whole, unpeeled ginger in a resealable plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge. Or better yet, store it in a freezer bag or other appropriate container in the freezer—not only will it keep indefinitely but it’s actually easier to grate when frozen. Got it? OK, now you’re ready.
Grab the piece of ginger and scrape away the peel using either the edge of a spoon or a vegetable peeler. Then, grate the root across grain (this will yield the most flesh) and that’s pretty much it. You now have a fragrant ingredient that can easily melt into mouthwatering bakes, stir-fries, soups and more.
Once grated, use the ginger immediately or transfer to an ice cube tray and keep in the freezer for easy access.
Not convinced that you want to invest in a microplane? Trust us on this one. Your standard box grater just isn’t going to cut it. In fact, if you try it, you’ll quickly notice all those stringy bits of ginger getting stuck in between the holes to create a total cleaning nightmare. Your microplane will get the job done without any mess plus can be used in countless ways in the kitchen. This clever little tool is great for Parmesan (hello, fluffy, umami snowflakes on my pasta), ideal for zesting citrus fruits (like in this lemon bars recipe) and the only acceptable tool to use when grating nutmeg (chilled glass of eggnog, anyone?). Not to mention an excellent way to impress dinner guests with artful chocolate shavings on top of dessert. Yep, just think of it like your secret weapon.