Why I Love Freezing Fresh Ginger

Ginger is such a flavorful ingredient to use especially in Indian cooking. However, it easily dries out in the pantry or fridge, and sometimes it can be difficult to cut.

But, can you freeze ginger? Absolutely! And I’ll show you how below.

My parents always kept fresh ginger in the fridge because they cooked Indian food daily.

I don’t use it as often as they did, but I still like to have some on hand. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last very long in my pantry or fridge, and definitely doesn’t taste as fresh after several days.

I also find ginger difficult to peel and mince since the root is very fibrous. Unlike garlic which I can crush or mince finely, ginger is much harder to chop.

And to be quite honest, I was never a fan of large ginger pieces in my parents’ curries.

By freezing the ginger, the fresh flavor lasts longer, the peel is easier to remove, and the ginger is easier to mince or grate.

This way, I can have all the deliciousness of ginger in my foods without biting into an actual piece of one while I’m eating.

how to freeze fresh ginger

  • First, chop ginger into 1-2 inch chunks, leaving the peel on. Place the frozen ginger pieces in a freezer safe bag or container, and keep in the freezer.

  • Then, for minced ginger, thaw the frozen ginger chunks for a 1-2 minutes, and use a spoon to peel the skin off. Then mince.

  • Or for grated ginger, leave the skin on and use a microplane grater. Most of the skin will stay on top of the grater. Also, there is no need to thaw.

  • Another way to freeze ginger is to peel it all and mince or puree in a food processor while it’s still fresh. Then portion the pulp into an ice cube tray and freeze it that way. 

Using Ginger in recipes

When you think of ginger you might associate it with only Asian foods.

Though it is commonly used in many Asian countries, especially India, it can be used in other cuisines as well and in both savory and sweet dishes.

Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Whether you have it cold, hot, or boozy, try adding some ginger to your next drink!

desserts

Try replacing the ground ginger with fresh grated ginger in these recipes for a brighter flavor.

Indian Curries

Here are some of my Indian dishes that use fresh ginger.

Sauces

I often marinate meat in a little bit of ginger before making a curry or I will sauté it with onions and garlic.