How to peel ginger | The Life Jolie Kitchen Basics

Did you know that you don’t need to use a peeler to peel ginger? I’m going to show you how to peel ginger with one simple tool that we all have in our kitchen!

Did you know that you don't need to use a peeler to peel ginger? I'm going to show you how to peel ginger with one simple tool that we all have in our kitchen!

I gotta be honest here, I didn’t really cook with fresh ginger up until pretty recently. Don’t get me wrong, I like it. Although it’s not my favorite but it adds a great zingy brightness to dishes. But as you’ve probably noticed, I don’t do much asian-inspired cooking.┬áThis is more due to lack of knowledge and experience. I should probably learn more about this because I love eating this style of food.

Anyway, I’m getting off topic here. Since we started our video business, I’ve been lucky enough to work with a variety of different clients, all of whom have unique and different types of recipes. I’ve been thrilled to get to sample all different foods, that I might not have normally made and have cooked outside of my comfort zone at times. Suffice it to say, it’s been a source of amazing growth and I’ve had to learn to prepare certain things that I don’t often use in my every day cooking. One of these things is fresh ginger.

A large knob of ginger.

How do you peel ginger?

That, my friends is the question of the day. Let me first tell you, that you don’t need to pull out your peeler the way you would if you were peeling potatoes. Oh no, that can stay right in its drawer. I will instead direct you over to your silverware drawer where you will then pull out…wait for it…a spoon.

Wait, what?!

Hands using a spoon to peel ginger.

That’s right. I’m telling you to peel your ginger with a spoon. I know it sounds crazy but bear with me here. Not only is it a safer option than a peeler or (God forbid!) a knife, it also helps avoid unnecessary waste since you’re only scraping off the peel, leaving the most amount of the ginger available for your uses.

This will leave you with fresh ginger that is perfect for slicing, chopping or grating and adding to all sorts of great recipes!

Peeled ginger in a hand.

How to peel ginger | The Life Jolie Kitchen Basics

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  • A piece of firm, fresh ginger
  • A spoon


  1. Hold the ginger in your hand over a bowl or a trash can.
  2. Take the spoon in the other hand and gently but firmly scrape the spoon along the area of the ginger that you want to peel. I peel away from me out of habit but you can also peel toward you since the spoon isn't sharp.
  3. Repeat all around the ginger until the peel is completely removed leaving the fresh inside of the ginger.
  4. Prepare as per your recipe.

Here are some other great how-to’s:

How to chop an onion

Chopped onion on a cutting board.

How to peel a pomegranate

Hands holding a bowl of pomegranate seeds for How to peel a pomegranate.

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