Crystallized or Candied Ginger


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.

close up view of Candied Ginger on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
10 ounces


  • 10 ounces fresh young ginger root, peeled

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water


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

  2. Toss ginger with sugar in a bowl.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

177 Calories
0g Fat
45g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 177
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 40g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 117mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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