Crystallized Ginger

Sliced ginger and pieces of candied ginger on white background, close up

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Total Time: 35 min
Prep Time: 35 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Servings: 16 (1 tablespoon each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

53 calories
0g fat
14g carbs
0g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16 (1 tablespoon each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 13g  
Includes 12g Added Sugars 24%
Protein 0g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 25mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

In alternative medicine, ginger is sometimes used as a home remedy for nausea and motion sickness. Research suggests that ginger is a safe, effective, and inexpensive treatment for mild nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Studies regarding the use of ginger for motion sickness and to relieve motion sickness have yielded mixed results.

This is an easy recipe for crystallized ginger that can be tweaked to fit your dietary needs. You can pack some ginger pieces in an airtight sandwich bag and carry them around with you.


  • 1 cup ginger (peeled, thinly sliced)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar + 2 tbsps sugar


  1. In a covered saucepan, bring the water to a boil.

  2. Add the ginger pieces and 1 cup sugar and cover. Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and allow it to sit for 20 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 200F.

  5. Strain ginger slices and place in a glass pan.

  6. Place the pan in the oven until the slices are almost dry but still chewy. Allow it to cool.

  7. Toss the cooled ginger in sugar to lightly coat it

Variations and Substitutions

If you don't want to use sugar in this recipe, boil the ginger in water without adding the sugar. Instead of tossing the cooled ginger in sugar to lightly coat it, sprinkle stevia or another sugar alternative over the ginger pieces to taste. You can also omit the final step and use the ginger without any sugar coating.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • Save time by peeling ginger with a spoon. Simply scrape the spoon across the ginger skin to peel it away.
  • When slicing ginger for this recipe, remember that the pieces will shrink during preparation. If you don't prefer slices, you can also chop the ginger into small cubes or matchsticks.
  • If have a food processor, use it to slice ginger into perfect slices.
  • Save the cooking water after cooking the ginger. Boil it down to make a ginger-flavored simple syrup. Add the syrup to sparkling water or your favorite beverage.
  • Dip ginger pieces in melted chocolate then let them cool for a delicious and easy-to-carry treat.
  • Chop up crystallized ginger into small pieces to add to muffin, cookie, or bread batter.
  • Use it in savory a stir fry with pork or chicken or a variety of vegetables.
  • Make a batch of rice pudding and top it with chopped crystallized ginger.
  • Add it to a cheese board or charcuterie plate with other dried fruits, such as dried fig.
  • Add to cranberry sauce instead of (or along with) orange zest.
  • You can store the crystallized ginger in an airtight container for up to two months.
  • Retain any leftover ginger water and use it to make ginger ale.

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2 Sources
Verywell Fit uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.
  1. Lete I, Allué J. The effectiveness of ginger in the prevention of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and chemotherapy. Integr Med Insights. 2016;11:11-17. doi:10.4137/IMI.S36273

  2. NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Ginger.

By Malia Frey, M.A., ACE-CHC, CPT
 Malia Frey is a weight loss expert, certified health coach, weight management specialist, personal trainer​, and fitness nutrition specialist.