Rating: 4.56 stars
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0

Crystallized ginger can be served with espresso and cake or champagne and fruit, coated in bittersweet chocolate and rolled in hazelnuts or macadamia nuts. It can be chopped or julienned to use in or as a garnish for pastries, pumpkin pies, stewed fruits cookies, and many other desserts. Store in an airtight container in a cool and dark place.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 ounces
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut ginger into 2-inch pieces and slice lengthwise into 1/8-inch slices. Score ginger slices by pricking with a fork.

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  • Toss ginger with sugar in a bowl.

  • Combine ginger-sugar mixture and water in a large skillet or wok; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts into a syrup and starts to crystallize, about 1 hour. Continue stirring until syrup is mostly crystallized and ginger comes together in a pile in the center of the skillet and very little syrup drains out; remove from heat.

  • Toss ginger slices gently to cool and separate from excess sugar. Spread slices out on a tray to cool and dry.

Cook's Note:

Use leftover sugar in coffee, cookies, or anywhere else that a fresh, clean ginger accent would be nice.

Nutrition Facts

177 calories; protein 0.5g; carbohydrates 45g; fat 0.2g; sodium 3.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2017
The recipe calls for 1 Tbsp of water, but I didn’t find that was enough, I was afraid the sugar was just going to burn. I ended up adding 3 Tbsp. The recipe worked out perfect. It took 70 minutes before starting to crystallize, but it happened very quickly, so keep a close eye at the 1 hour mark. I ended up with a lot of extra ginger sugar, but fortunately I love ginger, so I’ll be saving that for later. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/06/2019
Well my search for a candied ginger recipe will continue. I did this recipe using Morena Sugar which claims to be replaceable with white bleached sugar. Morena sugar is GMO free and is pure sugar with a golden color as it is not bleached. I followed the recipe precisely other than the type of sugar used. The sugar crystallized in half an hour not an hour. The candied ginger became very hard...not pliable and juicy like store bought which is what I'm looking for. This candied ginger can bust your teeth...so it's not usable for baking in cookies but can be substituted for a hard candy. It's not the result I was hoping for although I surely will use every bit of it. I Love ginger. Read More
(2)
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2017
The recipe calls for 1 Tbsp of water, but I didn’t find that was enough, I was afraid the sugar was just going to burn. I ended up adding 3 Tbsp. The recipe worked out perfect. It took 70 minutes before starting to crystallize, but it happened very quickly, so keep a close eye at the 1 hour mark. I ended up with a lot of extra ginger sugar, but fortunately I love ginger, so I’ll be saving that for later. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2017
Oh.My.Gosh. I am in love with crystalized ginger!! My favorite place to get it is at the savory spice shop downtown, but this diy version is just as fantastic. I don't think I'll ever buy this again. Ginger is SO good for an upset stomach, and it has other medicinal qualities!! This recipe is a perfect little treat. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2018
I ve been candying ginger for 40 years. My grandma lived on a farm and made everything including chicken (lol) from scratch. Read More
(3)
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Rating: 2 stars
12/05/2019
Well my search for a candied ginger recipe will continue. I did this recipe using Morena Sugar which claims to be replaceable with white bleached sugar. Morena sugar is GMO free and is pure sugar with a golden color as it is not bleached. I followed the recipe precisely other than the type of sugar used. The sugar crystallized in half an hour not an hour. The candied ginger became very hard...not pliable and juicy like store bought which is what I'm looking for. This candied ginger can bust your teeth...so it's not usable for baking in cookies but can be substituted for a hard candy. It's not the result I was hoping for although I surely will use every bit of it. I Love ginger. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2018
This is a nice, simple recipe. I simmered it for about double the time but I think living next to water lengthen that time. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2019
I have NEVER candied anything before or worked with that much sugar! I wanted to make a big batch of small pieces that I could bake with. I doubled the batch. Im not sure if my method or measurements are correct but it turned out GREAT!! I did 2 cups of diced up small pieces of ginger (packed down with my hand) about 4 cups of sugar & 2 tablespoons of water. Brought to a simmer at med./high heat.. then dropped it down to just under medium. At first I thought I had it wrong there was ALOT of melted sugar in the pan but after 1 hour it started to crystalize! It goes FAST! (which is why I had no pic of it). Turned off stove and removed the skillet from the burner but kept the mixture in the pan for a min. or 2 while I broke up chunks of sugar with spatula.. by the time I moved it to a pan to dry it was already pretty much dried up. I got 2 CUPS of delicious ginger bits.. and 3 CUPS of ginger flavoured sugar YUM! Packed up some sugar for my ginger loving friends and using the rest of it to use in my next batch of Peanut Butter Cookies! I had some in my coffee this morning also delicious!! Who knew this could be so easy! I will def. be making this again in the future! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2020
Really tasty and fun to make. Mine took a bit longer than the hour called for, I needed to raise the heat above low in order for all the liquid to boil away, but once I did it worked just as described. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2019
I used a little more water. Great recipe for ginger bars!!!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2019
Made for my sister because she likes candied ginger hope she likes had my taster try it and got thumbs up Read More