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a few stalks of lemongrass and a small pile of it chopped

Lemongrass Prep

Valentina K. Wein
This guide will both illustrate and explain thoroughly how to use Lemongrass. It's a delicious ingredient in so many recipes, and might seem daunting to use, but this method will change that.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Ingredient
Cuisine Asain
Servings 4
Calories 21 kcal



  • 1 stalk lemongrass, wahsed and dried


  • Cut off all of the dark green portion of the lemongrass stalk and discard them.
  • 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.)
  • Use a meat mallet to firmly, but gently, smash the remaining lemongrass. (If you don’t have a meat mallet, you can use the bottom of a small sauté pan.)
  • Use a Chef’s knife to finely chop smashed lemongrass.
Keywords aromatic ingredients
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