Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week we're featuring one of our favourite herbs with over 20 ways to cook with lemongrass!
Lemongrass is a staple ingredient in most Southeast Asian countries: Vietnamese, Thai, Lao, Sri Lankan, and Cambodian cuisines all feature lemongrass frequently in curries, marinades and soups. As its name suggests, it adds a beautiful, refreshing citrus-y quality to many dishes.
Don't be intimidated by lemongrass - while it may not look like the leafier, green herbs you're more accustomed to working with, it's still easy to use and adds such a unique flavour to your cooking!
Fresh lemongrass is not hard to find - most grocery stores carry it in the produce section - and this collection of 20 lemongrass recipes is just packed with flavour and freshness.
If you want more information on how to use lemongrass, how to prepare it, and even how to grow it, check out this instalment of our Spice Box series: Getting to Know Lemongrass.
1. Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi Sandwiches
This fresh, crunchy Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi Sandwich from Crumb is easy to make at home and it will conjure up all the flavours from your favourite takeout sandwich.
2. Lemongrass Pork Tenderloin Skewers
These grilled Lemongrass Pork Tenderloin Skewers from Salt and Lavender are an easy dish that will remind you of your favorite Vietnamese restaurant!
3. Tom Yum Soup
by In The Kitch
This Tom Yum Soup from In The Kitch is a delicious dish from Thailand that features lemongrass as one of its key flavours. Rich in flavor and loaded up with delicious ingredients, it's as filling and comforting as any chicken soup could ever hope to be.
4. Lemongrass Pork Meatballs - 3 Ways
Flavourful Lemongrass Pork Meatballs from Pups With Chopsticks are made with fresh mint, limes, lemongrass, ground meat & toasted rice with 3 ways to enjoy this Larb style flavourful dish!
5. Spicy Thai Peanut Noodle Soup
This recipe for Spicy Thai Peanut Noodle Soup by Plant Based Recipe produces a thick, rich peanut noodle soup without using coconut milk or peanut butter as ingredients.
6. Thai Red Curry Clams and Mango
Lemongrass is a key ingredient in Thai curries like this Thai Red Curry Clams and Mango from The Primal Desire. Fruit is a really amazing addition to curries that's really worth trying!
7. Baked Thai Chicken Wings
These Baked Thai Chicken Wings by Holistic Foodie are crispy but also covered in a delicious sticky, spicy Thai sauce flavoured with lemongrass. They're sure to be a favourite for the wing lovers in your family!
8. Lemongrass Lemonade
For a refreshing treat make a batch of this Lemongrass Lemonade by Kravings Food Adventures. Lemongrass has a citrus-y flavour and a refreshing scent that is perfect for adding to lemonade.
9. Lemongrass Ginger Chinook Salmon Skewers
10. Lemongrass Cake with Key Lime Frosting
Lemongrass may not seem like an obvious cake flavour but with its citrus notes it's actually a perfect ingredient. This Lemongrass Cake with Key Lime Frosting from Coriander & Lace is a lovely spring or summer cake.
11. Beef Rendang
by Izzy Preps
This Beef Rendang from Izzy Preps is a flavourful,l fork-tender beef braised in coconut milk and a beautifully complex and aromatic chili paste. It's an Indonesian classic for you to try.
12. Lemongrass Chicken
This Lemongrass Chicken from My Kitchen Love is a mouthwatering chicken thigh recipe that has the tastiest marinade and is quickly grilled or seared to perfection.
13. Lemongrass Coconut Veg Soup
Meghan Telpner considers her Lemongrass Coconut Veg Soup a simpler version of Red Thai Curry that you can whip up with leftover fridge bits that would otherwise go to waste!
14. Meal Prep Vietnamese Grilled Chicken
This Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Meal Prep by Carmy is jammed packed with a whole lotta flavour thanks to its flavourful marinade featuring lemongrass.
15. Kabocha Squash, Coconut Lentil Soup
Red lentils give this Kabocha Squash Soup from The Taste Space a solid base and coconut milk gives it a creamy texture with added flavour from tamarind, lemongrass, ginger and lime juice.
16. Poulet à la citronnelle et au gingembre (Chicken with Lemongrass & Ginger)
by Urbane City
This Chicken with Lemongrass and Ginger from Urbaine City is a quick and easy but very flavourful dish you can whip up on a weeknight. (Original recipe is in French)
17. Chicken Satays with Peanut Sauce
Chicken Satay is a popular Thai street food has become an equally popular appetizer or snack in North America. These Chicken Satays with Peanut Sauce from Pickles and Potstickers can make a few chicken breasts go a long way!
18. Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)
This Tom Kha Gai - or Thai Chicken Coconut Soup - by Leelalicious is a very popular Thai dish. Lemongrass and other ingredients are infused in a coconut milk broth, with chicken, mushrooms and hot chilies. The aromatic soup makes a delicious main course served alongside steamed rice.
19. Lemongrass Honey Ginger Tea
Try a cup of our lemongrass honey ginger tea for a drink that both soothes and refreshes!
20. Lemongrass Panna Cotta
And we wrap it up with dessert! This Lemongrass Panna Cotta from CluturEatz is lovely, light and refreshing dessert perfect for spring or summer.
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