Immune-Boosting Fresh Ginger Recipes

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If ginger frequently gets forgotten in the back of your fridge until it’s too moldy to use, the recipes we’re sharing today are here to change that. We LOVE ginger and have gathered 30+ delicious recipes that use up fresh ginger and support the immune system at the same time. 

What makes ginger so beneficial? Its pungent flavor comes from compounds called gingerols and shagoals. These potent antioxidants support health in many ways, including supporting the immune system. Opt for fresh ginger vs. dried for maximum potency!

From soups to smoothies, curries, sauces, and more, ginger adds a zippy flavor and brightens up a dish. Scroll through to find new ways to use fresh ginger!

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Beverages

Measuring glass and drinking glasses filled with our Ginger Green Smoothie recipe
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Mango Ginger Kale Green Smoothie
My NEW favorite green smoothie that requires just 5 ingredients and is inspired by Jamba Juice! Tart and sweet thanks to kale, lemon, ginger, peaches, and mango! Super refreshing, detoxifying, and nourishing.
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Gold spoon leaning against a glass of our Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie recipe
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Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie
A 7-ingredient smoothie with carrot juice, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, and banana! An anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting smoothie that’s perfect for breakfast or a snack.
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Glasses of our Lemon Ginger Turmeric Wellness Shots on a cutting board with ingredients to make them
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Lemon Ginger Turmeric Wellness Shots
5-ingredient wellness shots with anti-inflammatory benefits, a mega-dose of vitamin C, and a delicate balance of flavors to create the ultimate juice to boost immunity!
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Pouring dairy-free milk into a saucepan of homemade Masala Chai
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Easy Masala Chai Recipe
A delicious and easy dairy-free chai recipe made with whole spices. It's spicy, comforting, naturally sweetened, and made in just 1 pot with 8 ingredients!
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Pouring a fire cider wellness shot into a shot glass
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15-Minute “Fire Cider”
Wellness shots inspired by Fire Cider but made with easy-to-find ingredients and ready in just 15 minutes instead of 1 month! Spicy, potent, just a little sweet, and full of health benefits.
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Hand holding a mug of fresh ginger tea with lemon
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How to Make Fresh Ginger Tea
Warm and soothing fresh ginger tea that’s easy to make and full of health benefits! Delicious, versatile, and just 1 ingredient, 1 pot, and 20 minutes required!
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Cutting board with glasses of green juice and ingredients used to make it
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Easy Green Juice Recipe + Juicing Tips
Our favorite green juice recipe, just 7 ingredients required! Incredibly refreshing, nourishing, and delicious. Plus, juicing tips, go-to methods, and juicer recommendations.
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Two glasses of our detoxifying Ginger Lemon Water recipe beside fresh ginger and ground turmeric used to make them
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3-Ingredient Ginger Lemon Water
Nourishing, 3-ingredient ginger lemon water with fresh ginger, lemon, optional spices, and hot water. The perfect way to start the day to detoxify and refresh the body. A favorite morning ritual in the Minimalist Baker office.
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Two glass mugs of our Turmeric Tonic drink on a wood cutting board
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Healing 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic
A 5-minute, 3-ingredient, 1-pot healing tea tonic with ginger, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne. The perfect way to detox the body, recover from a cold, or relax before bed.
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Soups

Bowl of Instant Pot butternut squash soup topped with cashews, coconut milk, and sriracha
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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup (Thai-Inspired)
Creamy, comforting butternut squash soup made in the Instant Pot! Warming and subtly spicy with Thai-inspired flavors. Just 1 pot and 9 ingredients required!
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Bowl of Instant Pot lentil soup topped with cilantro and coconut milk
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Instant Pot Curried Lentil Soup (Indian-Inspired)
Comforting lentil soup with a little bit of spice, a lot-a-bit of flavor, and just the right amount of creaminess. A nourishing, plant-based meal made effortless with the help of the Instant Pot!
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Bowl of Curried Chickpea Soup topped with crispy chickpeas, coconut milk, and cilantro
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1-Pot Curried Chickpea Soup
An incredibly creamy 1-pot stew with curried chickpeas, ginger, coconut milk, and lime. A delicious plant-based meal that comes together fast!
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Grabbing a spoonful of Vegan Tom Yum
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Lazy 1-Pot Vegan Tom Yum Soup
Easy, sweet and sour vegan Tom Yum soup made entirely in 1 pot with ingredients you likely have on hand right now! Weeknight comfort with tons of flavor!
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Coconut Curry Ramen
Savory vegan ramen infused with curry and coconut milk. Serve with sautéed portobello mushrooms and gluten-free noodles for the ultimate plant-based meal.
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Using a spoon to grab a bite of our delicious 1-pot Golden Curried Lentil Soup
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1-Pot Golden Curry Lentil Soup
1-pot goodness in the form of curried lentil soup! Rich with flavor, fiber, and protein and incredibly comforting. The perfect 30-minute healthy meal or side!
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Bowls of chicken noodle soup topped with fresh parsley
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Chicken Noodle Soup (Classic or Immune-Boosting!)
Nourishing chicken noodle soup made in 1 pot with 10 simple ingredients. Comforting, brothy, and bursting with flavor. Gluten-free optional!
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Bowl of Thai-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup topped with thai chilies and fresh basil
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Cozy Thai-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup
An incredibly comforting bowl of Thai-inspired chicken noodle soup made with simple ingredients in 1 pot. The perfect hearty, quick meal to serve when you need something nourishing fast!
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Curries

Holding a bowl of roasted red pepper chickpea curry topped with cilantro and limes
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Roasted Red Pepper Chickpea Curry (Instant Pot Friendly!)
Rich and creamy roasted red pepper curry sauce with hearty sweet potatoes and chickpeas. Plant-based, Instant Pot friendly, and just 10 ingredients required!
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Dutch oven filled with Chickpea Sweet Potato Kale Green Curry
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1-Pot Green Curry with Chickpeas, Kale, and Sweet Potato
A 1-Pot Thai- and Indian-style fusion green curry made with sweet potatoes, plenty of fresh aromatics, chickpeas, creamy coconut milk, and seasonal greens. The result is a vibrant, creamy, satisfying curry perfect for weeknight meals, meal prep, and beyond!
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Wooden spoon in a pan of Cauliflower Potato Red Lentil Curry topped with fresh cilantro
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30-Minute Potato Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry
A rich and hearty curry of potato, cauliflower, and red lentil made in just 30 minutes! Hearty, comforting, and incredibly satisfying.
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Metal tray filled with Vegan Palak Paneer with cubes of tofu
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Vegan Palak Paneer with Curried Tofu
An incredibly flavorful, vegan take on classic palak paneer with curried tofu in place of cheese! 30 minutes required, big flavor, and so delicious!
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Big pan of Cauliflower Dal Green Curry packed with fresh greens
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1-Pot Cauliflower Dal Green Curry
Green curry with coconut milk, moong dal, cauliflower, and loads of greens! A hearty, flavorful, 1-pot meal inspired by Indian and Thai cuisines!
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Skillet of Salmon Red Curry made with kale and coconut milk
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Easy 1-Pan Salmon Red Curry
A 1-pan dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes! A quick red curry coconut sauce coats tender red bell pepper, wild caught salmon, and greens! Light, satisfying, and incredibly flavorful.
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lifting a pot of Tikka Masala garnished with cilantro sprigs and shown with a wooden serving spoon
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Easy 1-Pot Tikka Masala
Incredibly rich, flavorful, easy-to-make 1-pot tikka masala with chicken and chickpeas! BIG flavor, perfectly spiced, vegan optional!
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Hands holding a bowl of salmon green curry with white rice
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Easy Salmon Green Curry (1 Pot!)
A versatile, 1-pot, Thai-inspired green curry made with salmon and lots of fresh veggies! Easy, balanced, bright, sweet and spicy, and packed with nutrients. A naturally gluten-free and dairy-free entrée!
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Sauces & Dressings

Bowl of Ginger Garlic Miso Tahini Dressing with a swirl of toasted sesame oil
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Quick Ginger Garlic Miso Tahini Dressing
Creamy, rich tahini dressing infused with fresh ginger, garlic, and miso paste. Perfect for topping salads, bowls, and more. Just 10 minutes and 8 ingredients required!
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Two jars of carrot ginger dressing next to fresh ginger and a carrot
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Carrot Ginger Dressing
A quick and easy, gingery, Japanese-inspired dressing perfect for adding to salads and bowls! Plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free, and just 1 blender, 8 ingredients, and 10 minutes required.
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Spoon resting in a bowl of our Lemony Ginger Tahini Sauce
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Gingery Lemon Tahini Sauce
A perfectly balanced and gingery tahini sauce PERFECT for salads, dipping, bowl meals, and more. Just 1 bowl, 5 minutes, and 5 ingredients required!
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& More!

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Spicy Garlic Edamame (The Ultimate Appetizer!)
Salty, sweet, and spicy chili garlic edamame! An addictively delicious and protein-packed appetizer or side. Plant-based, gluten-free optional, and just 8 ingredients and 30 minutes required!
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Bowl of kitchari topped with coconut milk and cilantro
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Easy Kitchari (Instant Pot Friendly!)
Delicious, easy, Ayurvedic-inspired kitchari that’s Instant Pot friendly! Comforting, nourishing, and infused with warming spices. Just 1 pot and 30 minutes required!
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Bowl of Kimchi Fried Rice made with snap peas and carrots
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Kimchi Fried Rice (Plant-Based!)
Easy, flavorful kimchi fried rice with fresh vegetables and tofu. An easy, satisfying, plant-based entrée or side. Just 10 ingredients required!
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Bowl of our Miso Tonic made with homemade vegetable broth
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Gut-Calming Vegetable Broth (+ Miso Tonic)
When an upset stomach has you down, this is just the remedy: 1-Pot Gut-Calming Vegetable Broth with ginger, spices, and seaweed. Plus, a 3-ingredient miso tonic for a kick of flavor and comfort.
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Top down image of a jar of Apple Cabbage Sauerkraut beside fresh ginger and apples
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Gingery Apple Cabbage Sauerkraut
A gingery take on sauerkraut with apple, radish, and cabbage. The perfect addition to sandwiches, salads, bowls, and more! Just 6 ingredients and simple methods required.
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Fork resting in a Black Bean Buddha Bowl topped with Lemon Tahini Sauce
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Black Bean Buddha Bowl with Gingery Lemon Tahini Sauce
Incredibly comforting black bean Buddha bowl with steamed kale, brown rice, and gingery lemon tahini sauce! Nourishing ingredients, BIG flavor, a hearty plant-based meal.
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Bowl of our vibrant green homemade curry paste
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Easy Green Curry Paste
Easy 10-minute green curry paste made in a food processor or blender! Big flavor and perfect for adding to sauces, curries, salad dressings, and more!
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Big bowl of Vegan Chana Masala alongside a cutting board of serranos and cilantro
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Easy Chana Masala
30 minute, 1-pot chana masala with green chili, cilantro, and garam masala. Easy to make, extremely flavorful, and satisfying. A healthy, plant-based meal.
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Tamari and a vegan sushi bowl with ginger marinated tofu
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Vegan Sushi Bowls with Ginger Marinated Tofu
Easy vegan sushi bowls with marinated tofu, fresh vegetables, rice, seaweed, and quick pickled carrots! All the fresh, delicious flavor of sushi in convenient, versatile bowl form. Just 10 ingredients required!
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Overhead shot of a plate of miso-glazed salmon, eggplant, and broccolini
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Miso-Glazed Salmon & Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner
Sheet pan meal with salmon, eggplant, and broccolini coated in a gingery miso glaze. An easy, satisfying weeknight dinner with just 10 ingredients required!
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Using salad tongs to pick up a serving of gluten-free Crunchy Cabbage Slaw with Sesame Ginger Dressing
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Crunchy Cabbage Slaw with Sesame Ginger Dressing
Easy, flavorful, crunchy slaw with cabbage, shredded chicken, carrots, and a ginger-sesame dressing! Almonds and sesame seeds add crunch to this delicious, 30-minute salad!
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If you try any of these fresh ginger recipes, let us know! Leave a comment or take a picture and tag it @minimalistbaker on Instagram. Enjoy, friends!

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