Getting to the Root of Ginger

I started making stir fry for the first time when I was in high school. My default was really pretty simple: cubed chicken, diced onions and peppers, broccoli, some soy sauce, garlic and ginger. It was easy, predictable and tasted pretty good. I generally used granulated garlic, but occasionally would tackle a clove of the stuff. Not having learned the easy way to peel it (using the flat part of your knife, break it open and the peel comes right off), I spent way too much time working to get the skin of the clove off.

Ginger, on the other hand, was always that powdered stuff in the spice aisle. In fact, I never knew what ginger root looked like until my mid 20s. The first time I saw ginger root, I honestly didn’t know what to do with it. After some trial and error, and a little cookbook learning (this was before the Internet became popular), I found my way around the root. What I found was that fresh chopped ginger is so much better than the powdered stuff. I rarely cook with the powdered stuff anymore.

A great looking and tasting pork chop.

A small number of ingredients.

Add the onion, garlic and ginger.


I served this with a side of Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Ginger Pan-Fried Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Servings: 4 | Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 center cut boneless pork chops
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Rosemary sprigs for garnish


1) Heat oil under high heat until almost smoking.

2) Season both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper and add to the pan.

3) Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and continue to sear pork for about 2 minutes on each side to brown.

4) Turn chops over, add the wine and lemon juice, and simmer, covered, until the liquid is reduced, about 6 minutes more, and remove from heat. Serve with liquid on top and garnish.

If all the liquid has evaporated, add a few tablespoons of water to deglaze the pan.

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Categories: Fried, Low Carb, Main Dish, Pork, Recipes, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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52 Comments on “Getting to the Root of Ginger”

  1. April 22, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    I hadn’t seen real ginger either until recently – this recipe sounds delicious and definitely worth a try!


  2. April 22, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I love fresh ginger! That’s a gorgeous looking plate.


  3. April 22, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    that is one fine looking pork chop. Being mostly vegan for medical reasons, when I do fall off the wagon it would be for something like that.


  4. April 22, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I am definitely making this! I LOVE ginger!! And pork. 🙂


  5. April 22, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    What an interesting combination – I would never have put sprouts with the pork done this way – I am gonna try it – roasted sprouts …interesting…if I had any I would have made with tonights dinner – thanks for the idea. What else is on the plate – noodles/pasta?


  6. April 22, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Yum, I love ginger. This looks delis!!


  7. April 22, 2012 at 11:37 am #



  8. Abinav Thakuri
    April 22, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I really love the taste of ginger..People always use and cultivate fresh ginger around here..I used to help my grandparents plant them during my childhood. 🙂


  9. April 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    That looks delicous! I use fresh ginger too and always have a ginger root in my freezer.


  10. Ursula
    April 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I juice with fresh ginger root everyday! It’s especially good with citrus fruits. Great blog…I love to read it.


  11. Agi's Farmhouse Kitchen
    April 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Looks delicious, ginger is so healthy too.


  12. April 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Fresh ginger is always best! Pork chops look really good.


  13. April 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Ginger is wonderful!! Nice post, rc 🙂


  14. April 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Ginger root is a pretty strange looking creature but it does have a lot of medicinal purposes too (nausea, hence why your mother gives you ginger ale). But this looks easy & a new pork chop recipe for me – thank you!


  15. April 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    That looks delicious. I love ginger.


  16. April 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Ooh! I shall try this today!


  17. April 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    We’re with you on ginger root verses powdered. It’s something we miss up here in the Arctic. We’re down to our very last pair of pork chops (we buy them in bulk from Costco and repackage them in pairs). I’ll try your recipe, sans white wine. Thanks!


  18. April 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Nothing like a good stir fry. Ginger root and garlic make a great combo.


  19. April 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Yum!i’m making this:)


  20. April 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I still use powdered ginger in baking, but even there, I’ve found that grated root ginger beats it by a mile – or even diced-up stem ginger. Just way, waaay deeper, warmer, richer, fresher in flavour. Lovely recipe, that’s gonna feature on my lunch menu this week, thanks!


  21. April 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    I have never tried it…but I am definitely tempted, I too am nervous!


  22. April 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    It took me a long time to fall in love with ginger. My old Polish grandmother was always listing its miracle abilities. “It’s an antifungal! An expectorant! And will help you perspire!” Yup, that’s just what a teenage girl wanted to hear. By eating ginger, she’d be fungus-free, phlegm-free and sweat profusely. It would surely also leave me ‘date-free.’ 🙂


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  24. April 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Definitely going to try this recipe … I LOVE ginger!!!!


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  26. April 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    I love pork chops and I love ginger. I cannot wait to try these this week for dinner. 🙂


  27. April 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    I adore ginger and always have big pieces in my pantry. Can’t cook Indian without it. But now I can’t wait to try it with pork chops.


  28. April 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Yes! Fresh ginger is great! Having grown up in asia I can never imagine cooking with the powdered stuff. I am guilty of sometimes buying the tubes of grated ginger and garlic when I am feeling lazy though. Those are decent substitutes. The pork chops look really delicious.


  29. April 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Can I substitute chicken for pork?
    Love ginger – cook with it all the time! Thanks for a new recipe and for the like too!


  30. April 23, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    Reblogged this on pindanpost.


  31. April 23, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    Hi Pat, Showed this recipe to my wife, she also thouught it looked good we’ll probably try it to njght


  32. April 23, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    I haven’t ever cooked with ginger in its natural state, I’m going to try this.


  33. April 23, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    Two of my favourite things together, ginger and pork, a match made in heaven. Have you tried to stud it into a pork roast (how you may stud garlic into a lamb leg). It gives a great flavour to the meat, a nice subtle warmth which comes through the long slow cooking.


  34. April 23, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    We use a lot of Ginger Root in all of our asian meals, it’s very healthy for you too!


  35. April 23, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Looks delicious gonna have to try it


  36. April 23, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    serious ginger lover here. i still mourn the dark chocolate covered crystallized ginger that was sold in bulk at a food co-op in Minneapolis when i was there as a grad student. yum! but, i warn you, don’t try making ginger beer from the recipe on serious eats (! it was way more effervescent than expected, which is my coy way of saying that opening the bottle caused ginger beer to literally spray from one side of my kitchen into the livingroom, soaking me in the process. and it tasted like dish water. sigh.


  37. Alli
    April 23, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Indisputibale fact: everything is better with ginger!


  38. Cori
    April 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    I love ginger, this looks yummy!


  39. April 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I love fresh (and dried) ginger!! Thanks for the recipes!


  40. April 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Many fear cooking with ginger, however it is healthy and adds a ton of flavor to any meal. Indian food can’t do without it the pantry staple, ginger garlic paste.


  41. Dawn
    April 24, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    I adore fresh ginger (especially in smoothies with pineapple) – I’m going to try this. I always overcook chops but I’m hopeful on this one… fingers crossed.


  42. April 24, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    I just bought pork chops and wasn’t sure what to do with them yet. This recipe looks awesome I will have to try it out!


  43. April 24, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Great recipe! Must try.


  44. April 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I love ginger, and my husband loves pork chops. We’ll have to try this soon!


  45. April 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    My favourite combination for pork! And a quick and easy recipe! To me, fresh ginger and garlic always tastes better – same with herbs, too. Don’t you agree?


  46. September 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    I just discovered fresh ginger this past year and put it in all kinds of things. Speaking of ginger I must get some!


  47. Edith Milla
    October 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I really like asian foods because they are very very tasty. most asian foods are very spicy too and i like them. “,;*:

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  48. December 7, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    That’s a good looking recipe there! Love Ginger and it’s so good for you too. I use it daily for inflammation and pain.



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