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Close up showing how to use a spoon to peel fresh ginger.

How to Peel and Cut Ginger

  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ginger 1x


With this handy guide, you’ll learn how to peel and cut ginger like a pro. Ginger can add plenty of warm, spicy zing and zest to any meal.


  • 1 fresh ginger


How to Peel Ginger

  • Start by washing and drying your ginger to remove any residue. Holding one side of your ginger firmly, take a spoon and use its edge to scrape the brown papery skin from the golden-yellow core. Scrape away until all the ginger skin is gone. Ginger will release some of its aroma as you peel it.

How to Cut Ginger

  • Place your ginger on a chopping board. Using a nice sharp knife, make horizontal coin-shaped cuts. When you need to cut the ginger further, change the angle, sliving the ginger in the other direction.
  • To slice ginger into little coins, place your ginger on the cutting board. Holding the ginger firmly at one end, start at the other end by slicing through the ginger and making little round coins of your desired thickness. Continue this until you have reached the end, and you have your entire root’s worth of coins.

  • To make matchsticks, you need to cut thin coin shapes of ginger horizontally against the grain.

How to Grate Ginger

  • Hold your whole piece of ginger in one hand. Hold a microplane with the other. Rest the end of your microplane against a chopping board, and start to grate your ginger against the grating side of the microplane.
  • Grate the ginger until you have your desired amount. Be sure to scrape out the back of your microplane with a spoon, fork, or little spatula to ensure you get any ginger that was trapped in the back.


We don't recommend to use a knife to peel your fresh ginger.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Category: Cooking Tutorials
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 1kcal
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g

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