Pickle Ginger Recipe: A True Japanese Culinary Delight

The flavor of sushi ginger is unlike anything else. 

It has a subtle sweetness that is balanced by a tart, acidic flavor- that’s what I like most about this pickle.

As a foodie, I appreciate the attention to detail that goes into making sushi ginger. 

From selecting the perfect ginger root to the careful preparation and pickling process, every step is essential to achieving the perfect balance of flavor and texture.

Its unique flavor, texture, and versatility make it a must-have ingredient for any Japanese-inspired meal. Here is a quick pickle ginger recipe (anyone can make it at home).

Is pickled ginger healthy?

Pickled ginger (aka Gari) is a common condiment in Japanese cuisine. You probably see it as served alongside sushi or sashimi.

Ginger itself is known to have many health benefits.

It is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce inflammation and promote good health.

Is pickled ginger good for an upset stomach? Well, Gari Ginger has also been shown to help with digestive issues such as…

  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • And indigestion.

A quick Japanese pickle ginger recipe


· Ginger roots (300 grams of peeled ginger)

· Water 

· Rice vinegar 

· Sugar

· Salt

Optional ingredients

· Seashore leaves


1. At first peel the ginger root by using a spoon or knife. I found spoon is the most effective and easiest way to peel your ginger. It produces the least amount of waste and it just gets into all the crevices and corners. However, you can use the knife if you want. 

2. Once you have peeled all the ginger, you’re gonna need to cut it into thin slices of ginger. For this, you can use a mandolin or you can do it with the help of a knife.

3. Once you have sliced the ginger then you need to salt it. So for this just place the gingers into a bowl and add about 2 to 3 teaspoons of salt. Then mash it in with your hands just to get it covered all over and rest this for 10 minutes.

4. In a pot, add 2 liters of water and 200 grams of rice vinegar. Then boil the ingredients for a minute and add your ginger slices in there. Rice vinegar makes sure the ginger doesn’t turn into dark yellow color, it keeps a nice pale color. 

5. Cook your ginger for 3 to 4 minutes. Once it’s cooked then you need to whisk it out and start draining it. It needs to be dry before you put it into a jar.

6. In a different pot, add 300 grams of rice vinegar, 200 grams of sugar, and 8 grams of salt. You need to bring this to a boil. As soon as the sugar is dissolved, turn off the heat and let it start to cool down.

7. Now place the dried ginger into a jar and fill up the jar nice and full up to the top. You can add 2-4 seashore leaves if you want. Then fill the jar with the rice vinegar mixture. Now close the jar and keep this in the fridge for 5 to 7 days. After 7 days your pickled ginger is ready to use.

Pickled ginger uses: What foods go with pickled ginger?

Japanese is a big fan of sushi ginger.

Not only sushi but also paired this pickle with other foods to add flavor and texture to your meal. Here are some ideas for foods that go well with pickled ginger:

Grilled fish or seafood: Pickled ginger goes too well with grilled fish or seafood, adding a tangy, slightly sweet flavor that complements the natural flavors of the fish.

Rice bowls: Try adding pickled ginger to rice bowls for a pop of color and flavor. It pairs well with a variety of toppings, including vegetables, tofu, and meat.

Sandwiches: Pickled ginger can be used as a flavorful addition to sandwiches, especially those with Asian-inspired flavors. Try adding it to a banh mi sandwich or a veggie wrap.

Stir-fry dishes: Add pickled ginger to stir-fry dishes for a burst of flavor and texture. It pairs well with vegetables, meat, and noodles.

Salads: Pickled ginger can add a zesty(yet fresh) flavor to salads, especially those with Asian-inspired flavors. It pairs well with greens, cucumber, and carrots.

These are just a few ideas!

Experiment and find new ways to incorporate pickled ginger into your meals.

Caution & Disclaimers:

Pickled ginger is often high in sodium.

That’s why it can be a concern for individuals with high blood pressure or other sodium-related health conditions. 

Apart from that……

It is also often sweetened with sugar, which can add extra calories and may not be ideal for individuals with diabetes or who are watching their sugar intake.

In general, pickled ginger can be a healthy addition to your diet in moderation. If you are concerned about the sodium or sugar content, you can try making your own pickled ginger at home using less salt and sugar. 

Be mindful of how much-pickled ginger you consume in one sitting, as a little goes a long way.

So, You love to try new pickle dish? Here are some homemade recipe you can make easily

  1. Sweet pickled Cucumber recipe
  2. Hot & Spicy Onion Recipe
  3. Sugar Free Jalapenos Pickle Recipe

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