How to Use Lemongrass: A Photographic Guide

How to Use Lemongrass: A Photographic GuideIf you’ve never tasted anything with lemongrass in it, or taken in its alluring fragrance, I think you’re missing out.

Lemongrass is a root that looks much like a scallion and tastes lemony.  Lemongrass has more than the flavor of lemon though — it also has delicious, subtle notes of ginger, lime, and mint.

I’ve used this somewhat exotic ingredient many times in my life, and only learned the proper way to prepare it a couple of weeks ago.  And lucky me, I learned this method from the delightful Katie Chin at a signing for her latest book, Everyday Thai Cooking, at Melissa’s Produce.

Lemongrass can be a daunting ingredient — it’s tough, fiberous and only a small portion of it can actually be used.  With this awesome method, it’s super easy and the results are perfect.  Be daunted no more.

Off we go . . .

How to Use Lemongrass Step 1:  You will only be using the bottom white portion of the lemongrass, so cut off all of the dark green.  (My instinct would be to throw this top portion into a stock, but Katie said it really doesn’t impart much flavor.)

How to Use LemongrassStep 2:  Use your fingers to gently split, and then pull away the top layer of the lemongrass. It should come off in one piece.  Sometimes it’s necessary to take off a second layer — to get to the softest portion of the lemongrass.

How to Use Lemongrass

How to Use LemongrassStep 3:  Now use a meat mallet to firmly, but gently, smash the remaining lemongrass. (If you don’t have one, you can use the bottom of a small sauté pan.)

How to Use Lemongrass

How to Use Lemongrass

How to Use LemongrassStep 4:  Use a Chef’s knife to finely chop smashed lemongrass.

How to Use Lemongrass

How to Use LemongrassIt’s brilliant, and ready for a stir-fry, marinade, soup, or wherever you think it belongs.

How to Use LemongrassLater this month I’ll be doing a giveaway for Katie Chin’s, Everyday Thai Cooking, so please stay tuned.

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    • valentina says

      Thanks, Deb, I’ve heard lemongrass grows quite easily. I’m hoping to plant some this year . . . we’ll see what happens. 😉

  1. says

    I am very excited that our lemongrass plant is doing really well. I hope to cook with is soon! Thanks for the “smashing” tips! 🙂

    • valentina says

      David, so cool it’s growing in your yard! I’m planting mine soon. Though my thumb isn’t very green. 😉 P.S. Love the pun.

  2. Diego Pereira says

    Actually I have used the dark green part of the lemongrass for adding flavour to the rice (with ginger, garlic, and green onion) and it works perfectly. 😉

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