Our Favorite Lemongrass Eats From Asian Cuisine

Lemongrass is one of the most powerful herbs in all of Asian cooking and pops up in the cuisine of almost every Asian country that touches the Pacific. Chefs have been experimenting with lemongrass for centuries, which has lead to a thriving repertoire of citrus forward recipes. We firmly believe that there’s a lemongrass dish for everyone (well, everyone who likes good food that is), and we’ve got the eats to prove it.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

Arguably the most famous Asian lemongrass dish, Vietnamese lemongrass chicken is flavorful, bright, and filling. In this dish, fresh lemongrass is added in the marinade to give the meat a tangy bite. Citrus notes are complimented by strong flavors like jalapeños and garlic to create a rounded finished product. Serve atop a bed of rice and garnish with lemongrass, fresh citrus, and cilantro for a truly colorful plate. 

  • Pro Tip: Substitute chicken for tofu to appeal to the growing vegan crowd!

Lemongrass Iced Tea

Any great Asian meal isn’t complete until you bring out the tea. For a fully modern take on lemongrass tea, we like to create a lemongrass infused simple syrup to sweeten green or black iced tea! This approach lets the citrusy freshness of lemongrass seep throughout the tea without leaving an artificial taste. 

  • Pro Tip: Pair with any of these dishes for a double dose of lemongrass goodness!

Lemongrass Shrimp with Noodles

While the relationship between lemongrass and chicken may get all the attention, lemongrass’ long running affair with seafood is just as passionate. While we’re no strangers to working with fish and lemongrass, we tend to lean into pairing with shrimp instead. The small size of shrimp allows for concentrated bursts of flavor and helps lemongrass’ subtle ginger and mint notes speak a little louder. Add fresh stalks to your marinade or sauté alongside the shrimp and toss into a bowl of soba noodles for a yummy main course.

Lemongrass Satay

Though satay originated in Indonesia, the deliciousness and no-fuss attitude of the dish has caused it explode in popularity throughout southeast Asia. For those not in the know, satay is a meat skewer that’s seasoned using local ingredients and is typically served alongside a peanut sauce. Due to the versatility of lemongrass, you can use it in a marinade for any type of meat! To keep things innovative without losing track of tradition, try incorporating lemongrass in the marinade and peanut sauce!

Thai Green Curry with Lemongrass

For lots of folks, Thai green curry is the ultimate comfort food. Not only is the dish flavorful and firmly nutritious, but it’s simple to make too! Any Thai green curry is a great dish to keep in your back pocket, but recipes that use lemongrass may take the cake because of their brighter flavor. Though this dish has a longer cook time than other items on the list, the slower cooking method offers a greater flexibility; you can add dried lemongrass into the curry and it’ll have enough time to rehydrate, meaning you can make this dish all year long!