Many people use lemongrass to add a citrusy scent or a minty flavor to their tea and soup. However, did you know that you can also make lemongrass paste and use it in your favorite dishes?
Well, you can make and store lemongrass paste and use it whenever you want to add a pop of delicious flavor to your soups, veggies, curries, and much more. Let’s take a look at what lemongrass paste is to learn more about it.
What Is Lemongrass Paste?
Lemongrass paste can be used for a variety of purposes around the kitchen. It is a flavorful paste that you can prepare ahead of time. The best part is that it takes only a few minutes and a handful of ingredients to make lemongrass paste.
You can prepare lemongrass paste by simply peeling the outer layer of the stalks, removing the bottom 2 inches of the stalks, chopping the rest, and blending in the blender with a few tablespoons of water. VOILA… your lemongrass paste is ready!
Keep in mind that this is only one recipe to make lemongrass paste. You can find various other recipes online. For example, you can try this variation recipe for a flavorful lemongrass paste.
Lemongrass Paste Variation
You’ll need 2 stalks of lemongrass, 1T of extra virgin oil, 1 small red onion (chopped), 1 T freshly grated ginger, fresh juice of 2 limes, 1t of dried turmeric powder, and a pinch of sea salt.
Slice the stalks in half, lengthwise, and then cut them into slices. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a skillet and stir in the chopped onion. Add lemongrass, grated ginger, turmeric powder, juice of one lime, and sea salt. Now, cover the skillet and let the ingredients simmer until the onions are tender. This should take about 10 minutes.
Once the onions are tender, transfer the ingredients into a blender. It is best to wait to let the mixture cool or make sure that your blender is heat-safe. Blend the ingredients while adding the remaining lime juice, 1t at a time. Your lemongrass paste is ready!
Similarly, there are various variations that you can try. Regardless of the recipe you use, your lemongrass paste will help pop the flavors in whatever dish you use it. You can also use it as a substitute for lemongrass. Generally, 2t of lemongrass paste are enough to substitute 2 stalks in a recipe.
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How Long Does Lemongrass Paste Last?
How long lemongrass paste lasts depends on how you store it. You can either store it in the refrigerator or freeze it in the freezer. When stored in the refrigerator, lemongrass paste generally lasts for around 2 -3 weeks. However, if you want to store it for an extended period, it is advisable to freeze lemongrass paste.
It is important to mention that the shelf life of lemongrass paste also depends on the method you use to make it. So, the next time you try a new method to make lemongrass paste, make sure you take the time to learn about how long it will last.
How to Store Lemongrass Paste
Storing lemongrass paste easier than you may have imagined. Take a look at how to store lemongrass paste to make it last for a long time.
Lemongrass Paste Variation
To store lemongrass paste in the fridge, simply transfer it to an airtight mason jar and place it in the refrigerator. Avoid storing it in the door of the fridge as the temperature may fluctuate in that area. Instead, store them in an airtight container at the back of the fridge.
Store Lemongrass Paste in the Freezer
To freeze lemongrass paste, transfer it into a silicone or plastic ice cube tray. Doing so will not only make it easier to freeze the lemongrass paste, but it will also divide the lemongrass paste into smaller portions, making it easier to use them later.
Uses for Lemongrass Paste
Lemongrass paste can be used in various dishes. You can use it to substitute lemongrass in any recipe. Many people use it in soups to pop the flavors. You can also use it with meat, poultry, or seafood dishes. Another way to use lemongrass paste is to add it to your veggies as they cook.
This recipe for lemongrass paste is easy to follow. It only has a few ingredients and is a way to add fresh flavor to your dishes.
- 2 stalks of lemongrass
- 1 T extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small red onion
- 1 T freshly grated ginger
- 2 Limes
- 1 T dried turmeric powder
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Cut the stalk in half lengthwise and then dice them.
- Dice the red onion and grate the ginger.
- Juice the limes.
- Place a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once the skillet is hot add in the oil and onions. Stir to coat the onion.
- Add in the grated ginger, turmeric, half lime juice, lemongrass, and sea salt. Stir.
- Cover the skillet and allow the mixture to simmer until the onions are soft, for about 10 minutes.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool.
- Transfer the mixture into a food processor add the remaining lime juice and mix until the paste is your desired consistency.
- Category: Condiment
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Asian
Finally, you can also use it to brew a delicious cup of lemongrass tea!
Now that you know all about lemongrass paste, make sure you make it and keep it on hands at all times. Try different methods of preparing lemongrass paste and see which one you like the best!