Easy Homemade Crystallized Ginger Recipe May Soothe What Ails You by 30Seconds Food

Easy Homemade Crystallized Ginger Recipe May Soothe What Ails You

Crystalized ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Crystalized ginger has many health benefits, and is said to help with nausea, indigestion and inflammation. Instead of paying too much for a tiny bag of crystalized ginger at the grocery store, why not make your own? It's not that hard at all.

To make homemade crystalized ginger you will need fresh ginger root, water and granulated sugar. The ginger is boiled until tender, then cooked again with sugar until it evaporates and crystalizes. Let the ginger dry and it's ready to be snacked on or used in recipes. Crystalized ginger can be used in cakescookies or other baked goods, stirred into ice cream, added to trail mix, added to coffee or tea, used in stir-fry recipes, made into ginger water, used to garnish cocktails, added to sauces or just munched on straight out of the container.

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Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 30 minutes plus time to cool 
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours plus time to cool 
Servings: 60 (Makes about 1 pound)


  • 1 pound fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick pieces
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) granulated sugar (this amount is approximate)

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Recipe Notes

  • Ginger will stay fresh for about two weeks in an airtight container.
  • A mandoline slicer will make cutting the ginger easier. But you can also use a sharp knife.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put a baking rack onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Fill a 4-quart saucepan with the 5 cups of water over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and cook, covered, for about 30 to 35 minutes or until the ginger is tender. Drain in a colander, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. 
  3. Measure the weight of the ginger on a food scale, then measure out an equal amount of granulated sugar. 
  4. Put the ginger back into the saucepan with the 1/4 cup reserved water and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring often, until sugar and water have almost evaporated and have started to crystalize, about 20 minutes. 
  5. Remove the ginger to the baking rack and let it cool completely. Once cool, store it in an airtight container. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 33

Total Fat: 0.1g

Saturated Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 0mg

Total Carbohydrate: 8.4g

Dietary Fiber: 0.1g

Total Sugars: 7.7g

Protein: 0.1g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 2mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 20mg

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Elisa Schmitz
This is such a cool idea! I love fresh ginger and use it often in my cooking. Look forward to trying this!

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