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What Goes Best With Ginger? - Colorful Plates
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What Goes Best With Ginger?

Fresh ginger is one assertive spice. After all, what other vegetable can claim pungent spiciness, light floral notes, and an undertone of earthiness all at once? Despite this powerful flavor profile, ginger plays nice with a ton of different ingredients like chocolate, pumpkin, and even fish!

Chocolate

Chocolate and ginger is a combination made in gourmet dessert heaven. The two offer the perfect marriage of sweet and spice, plus they’re well suited to all kinds of desserts. Whether you’re a fan of chocolate ginger cookies or want to spice up an everyday hot chocolate, you can’t go wrong with this combo!

Pears

Fresh ginger has a fall season that lines up perfectly with pears, so it’s easy to combine the two into a seasonal treat! Typically, sweet dishes are a better bet because they allow the floral qualities of both ginger and pears to take a front seat. To start, consider poaching your pears in ginger ale or adding fresh ginger to a Bartlett pear applesauce. 

Pumpkin

We love this combo because it can be used in sweet and savory dishes at the tip of a hat. Ginger can bring an added kick to pumpkin pies, roasted pumpkin seeds, and even pumpkin gnocchi! 

Carrots

Carrots and ginger share a delicate earthiness that make them a surprisingly good pair. Beyond that, ginger can be added to numerous root-to-stem dishes to improve your flavor profile while maintaining a low environmental footprint. Don’t believe us? Check out this recipe for spicy carrot ginger juice!

Fish

There are few more classic pairing than ginger and fish. The spice is used in all sorts of places, often added to spice up plain salmon dishes or used as a palate cleanser for sushi. For an easy way to pair the two, combine ginger, soy sauce, and citrus juice into your next marinade. 

Sweet Potato

Ginger excels when it’s given ample room to spread its floral spice and sweet potatoes are a wonderful canvas. Honestly, there aren’t a lot of wrong ways to add ginger to sweet potato dishes, but we’d recommend staying within the savory pantheon. Start with these cooking methods and go wild!