Does ginger have to be peeled? If so how?

  • I noticed that many recipes that call for ginger explicitly call for peeled ginger.

    When I use ginger I don't bother to peel it. As it is almost always minced fine the tiny bits of papery peel are almost undetectable.

    Is there some reason that I should start peeling my ginger? Are there some dishes that are better served by using ginger that has been peeled?

    Ginger is knobbier than a potato. Is there a better way to peel them than to just take a vegetable peeler to it?

    FWIW- The recipe that provoked this question can be found here.

    I often strip ginger, julienne, rather than mince it - then the peel would be unpleasant.

  • GdD

    GdD Correct answer

    8 years ago

    There's no reason to peel besides the aesthetics of it. There's no major flavor or nutritional difference either way. If the ginger is going to be seen then peel it, if not don't bother.

    The best way to peel ginger is to use the edge of a small spoon to rub it off, it works really well, takes seconds, and doesn't waste as much as using a knife or peeler.

    I am partial to a good peeler.... it might remove more than the spoon, but it seems easier to me.

    @SAJ14SAJ : try a different spoon. You want one with a thin enough bowl that there's an edge to it; I have some really heavy spoons that don't work well, but some tea spoons that are significantly faster than a peeler.

    @joe Interesting... all my spoons are from the same set, though. Might have to try a stainless measuring spoon though, next time I use ginger. They tend to be a little sharper edged than tableware.

    A spoon worked beautifully. Thanks for the tip.

    What about a potato peeler? Surely even easier than a spoon?

    You'd think so, but no. A potato peeler takes off a lot more skin than necessary and is hard to get into all the nooks and crannies.

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