7 ways to enjoy fresh lemongrass
Enjoy the citrus-like flavor and aroma of fresh lemongrass in these Southeast Asian-inspired recipes
Cooking with fresh lemongrass
Lemongrass contains citrol, the same flavor component that's in lemon zest, and has a similarly citrus-like flavor and aroma that's especially prized in Southeast Asian cuisines.
This recipe is perfect when you want to impress your globe-trotting dinner guests.
Recipe: Chicken Laksa
Thai Barbecued Pork
We loved the salty spice of these pork pieces served over rice. You could also use them in a banh mi sandwich.
Get the recipe: Thai Barbecued Pork
Sweet and Sour Cucumber and Red Onion Pickles
We riffed off classic bread-and-butter pickles, adding the unexpected tastes of lemongrass and coriander.
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
Often called tom kha gai, this coconut milk based soup is a rich and flavorful alternative to traditional chicken soup.
Recipe: Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
Coconut and Lemongrass Marinade
This bold and rich marinade (pictured at right) is reminiscent of a Malaysian rendang (coconut meat stew), but works faster and has less fat.
Recipe: Coconut and Lemongrass Marinade
Thai Red Curry Mussels
Mussels' rich taste of the sea goes beautifully with spicy-sweet curries like this one. You can also make the dish with littleneck clams—or both mussels and clams. You'll want a loaf of crusty bread or a pot of jasmine rice on hand to sop up the sauce.
Recipe: Thai Red Curry Mussels
Fresh Citrus Lemongrass Soda
It's easy and oh-so-satisfying to make your own sodas using seasonal fruits, herbs, and spices. This lemony version is the ultimate refreshing drink.
Recipe: Fresh Citrus Lemongrass Soda