Ginger garlic paste consists of raw ginger and garlic blended until smooth, and some variations incorporate oil, water, or salt for texture and flavor. In its raw form, the paste is quite pungent and spicy, but when cooked in fat, it provides an earthy, warm, sweet, and zingy flavor to a dish.
Ginger garlic paste is an extremely popular condiment. Many South Asian households make it fresh, then store it in the fridge for daily cooking.
Ginger Garlic Paste
Origin: Made from ginger and garlic blended into a smooth paste
Commonly found in: South Asian cooking
How to Make Ginger Garlic Paste from Scratch
While you can purchase ginger garlic paste, it's easy to make it yourself. My great-grandmother used to grind her ginger and garlic into a paste by hand using a flat stone and a stone rolling pin!
These days, many home cooks elect to use a small electric blender or wet spice grinder. I use the Shardor wet spice grinder, and I highly recommend it. Unless you're making a large batch, I recommend using the smallest blender cup you have at home; otherwise, the blade will have trouble grinding the aromatics into a paste.
Freezing and Storage Instructions
Freshly-made ginger garlic paste will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 to 7 days. When cooking, use a clean spoon to remove the paste from the container.
You can freeze the paste if you'd like to make a larger batch for longer-term storage. First, transfer the paste to an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. Next, pop out the individual cubes and place them in a sealed Ziploc bag; keep them in the freezer for 1 to 2 months.
Then, when ready to use, you can add an individual cube straight from the freezer (no need to thaw) to sauté in cooking.
Where to Purchase Ginger Garlic Paste
Alternatively, you can purchase a pre-made jar at specialty Indian stores or on Amazon if you'd like to forgo making your own paste.
Recipes with Ginger Garlic Paste
Ginger garlic paste makes an excellent marinade for chicken and seafood, especially when mixed with yogurt and spices. Or, for an easy side dish, sauté some green beans with a bit of oil, ginger garlic paste, and lemon juice.
Looking for more inspiration? Try these recipes out:
Ginger Garlic Paste
This amount is plenty, as the paste is very concentrated, so a typical recipe will only call for 1 to 2 tablespoons.
1/4 cup peeled and chopped garlic
1/4 cup peeled and chopped ginger
1 teaspoon canola oil, plus more if needed
Prep the garlic and ginger:
Peel and roughly chop the garlic and ginger.
Begin blending the garlic and ginger in a wet spice grinder or small electric blender. As you blend, you will notice the garlic and ginger break down into smaller and smaller pieces.
Add salt and oil:
At some point, you may notice the blender struggling to turn the fine shards of garlic and ginger into a paste. Add a pinch of salt and the oil, then continue blending.
If needed, add another teaspoon of oil at a time and blend again until the mixture turns into a homogenous, smooth paste with a slightly fluffy texture.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||10%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|