15 Best Asian Recipes With Ginger: From Broth To Sauce

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Ginger is a delicious spice that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. It’s perfect for wintertime meals when you want something warming and comforting.

If you’re looking for some new recipes to try out, we’ve got you covered. From breakfast to dinner, we’ve got a variety of recipes that will show off the versatility of ginger.

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Japanese Shogayaki ginger pork

20 min Shogayaki ginger pork recipe
I like this recipe because it’s quick, simple, and you don’t even need to prep the meat beforehand. While some people prefer to marinate the pork for half an hour, you can skip this step and start cooking right away. Because the sauce is so flavorful, the marinade is unnecessary. The sauces help the pork to brown and caramelize, which makes it even more delicious.
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Pork shogayaki recipe

Shogayaki is one of the most popular pork recipes in Japan, right up there with Tonkatsu (or deep-fried pork).

Shogayaki is a dish with a thinly sliced pork loin from the shoulder or belly, seasoned with soy sauce, mirin, sake, ginger, onion, and garlic cooked in a pan in less than fifteen minutes.

It’s one of those recipes you can throw together in minutes and then enjoy alongside a crispy cabbage salad or rice.

Filipino Sweet and Sour pork

Filipino Sweet and Sour pork
The Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe uses fresh Pineapples so you better scout for the sweetest Sweet and Sour Sauce. This should blend well with the Vinegar to create an appetizing taste that everyone will remember long after they have tried it.
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Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

It’s a dish that’s well-loved by the whole family and is one of the regular dishes you will see on the dining table on special occasions.

The ginger (luya in the Philippines), gives it a nice kick.

The blending of the sweetness and sour taste of the dish makes it very delectable.

But although it’s always been associated with the Chinese people, Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe has also been one of the preferred Filipino Foods.

Filipinos have adopted this as their very own dish and you can see this in almost any household gatherings.

Japanese Pink gari sushi ginger

Pink gari sushi ginger recipe
This recipe is to make the original pink gari: the sushi ginger you'll find in most Japanese restaurants.
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Pink gari sushi ginger recipe

Gari can be used on other dishes besides sushi or sashimi. And because it tastes so good, it instantly complements any sufficiently delicious delicacy!

Here are a few examples:

  • You can use it for stir-fry recipes, although you may need to chop it up into tinier pieces, then pour the brine into cold noodles.
  • You can also whisk it together with salad dressings.
  • Mix it with salted green beans and peanuts.
  • It can also be used in lemonade and cocktails to have a better blend.
  • Add it to braised meat in order to enhance the taste.
  • And, of course, eat it as a side dish with your sushi and sashimi!

Japanese teppanyaki hibachi beef noodles

Teppanyaki hibachi beef noodles
Amazing taste of grilled meat and vegetables, together with noodles for a full meal
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Teppanyaki hibachi noodle recipes

If you’re using pre-packaged noodles, follow the package directions. Otherwise, cook the noodles in boiling water for 3-5 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside.

To make the sauce, combine the ingredients, like the garlic and ginger, in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. This can take some time but it’s worth it to get a smooth consistency for covering and marinating the beef.

Filipino Paksiw na bangus

Paksiw na bangus recipe (vinegar fish stew)
Paksiw na bangus is cooked with vegetables, such as eggplant and bitter gourd (or ampalaya). To avoid the bitterness of the ampalaya mixing in with the paksiw na bangus sauce, don't stir it until the end.
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Paksiw na Bangus Recipe

No doubt, paksiw na bangus is an amazingly simple and delicious dish for seafood lovers. However, some can’t get the recipe perfect. It’s a subtle balance of ginger (luya), vinegar, garlic, and patis (fish sauce).

By following the below tips, there’s nothing to stop you from making the recipe to perfection!

Japanese Pork Belly Udon Soup

Pork Belly Udon Soup
Pork belly just melts in your mouth, and the juices melt away in the dashi broth. Delicious!
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Pork Belly Udon Soup recipe

Though it may seem similar to ramen, udon is a very different kind of noodle-based dish. The noodles are generally thicker and different ingredients are used when making it.

One of the few ways that the two dishes are similar is that they both use dashi as the stock.

After all, since dashi works well in ramen and miso soup it makes sense that it would go great in a bowl of udon.

Filipino Escabeche sweet & sour fish

Escabeche sweet & sour fish recipe
Escabeche is also known as sweet and sour fish. This escabeche recipe has a Spanish origin, but there's another Iberian version of this escabeche recipe. The cooked fish is left to be marinated overnight in a sauce made from wine or vinegar.
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Escabeche Recipe ( Lapu-Lapu)

The aroma of ginger in escabeche is so appetizing. The ginger strips serve 2 purposes: to give an aromatic flavor and to lessen the fishy odor of the fish.

There are also red and green bell peppers to add some slight capsicum flavor. The carrots are sliced thinly, and some are carved into small flowers for plating and garnishing.

Filipino Pesang isda

Pesang isda recipe (Pinoy original)
Pesang isda is an adapted Chinese-influenced dish of fish, rice wash, and ginger. It's a simple fish stew dish you'll love.
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Pesang Isda Recipe (Pinoy Original)

This recipe is simple and easy to follow, as this is mainly a ginger stew with a strong fishy flavor!

The fish commonly used for this recipe is dalag (murrel) or hito (catfish); however, you can actually use any type of fish for this recipe. One perfect substitute is tilapia.

Aside from fish, the recipe also includes heaps of sliced ginger to counter the strong fishy smell of the fish and also to act as the main driver of the taste in this dish.

Also included are peppercorns (very important since this will give another layer of pungency to the dish), sayote (squash), napa cabbage or cabbage, and pechay.

Japanese miso eggplant (Nasu dengaku)

Japanese miso eggplant (Nasu dengaku) recipe
It takes around 15 minutes to prepare this easy recipe. Having a delicious taste and extraordinary appearance, this recipe can be used when time is short or you want something light and mouth-watering. It serves 2 to 3 people and can be presented to guests to make a statement of original Japanese delight.
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Japanese eggplant miso recipe

Eggplant can be enjoyed in multiple forms. Because you can use so many different cooking methods, each Japanese region and culture has its way of making it.

Since it’s easily available and has such great taste, eggplant is liked by almost everyone. It has a very low-fat content so it’s always a part of people’s dietary plans.

In this section, I’ll talk about the most popular and in-demand eggplant recipes.

Filipino Pinaputok na tilapia

Pinaputok na tilapia recipe
Unlike the Relyenong Bangus, there is no need to sew up the tilapia mainly because it will already be covered with banana leaf and aluminum foil.
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Pinaputok na Tilapia Recipe

As the recipe lends itself to naming its main ingredient in the name itself, pinaputok na tilapia recipe is made of tilapia stuffed with different ingredients such as sliced onion, ginger (luya), tomato, spring onion , and soy sauce.

To make the fish tastier, one can marinate it using freshly squeezed calamansi juice. You can spread the juice generously before putting in the ingredients to be stuffed.

You can also garnish the top of the fish with the stuffing. The tilapia is then covered with banana leaf and aluminum.

Filipino Laing with taro leaves

Laing recipe: Filipino dish with taro leaves in coconut milk
The laing recipe has taro leaves cooked in coconut milk and chilis. It's a spicy vegetable dish that's widely cooked in the Bicol region of the Philippines.
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Laing Recipe

The sauce is prepared first. This is done so that all the flavors of the ginger, (luya) shrimp paste (bagoong), and garlic are well blended and incorporated. The shrimp paste and coconut milk give an aromatic and savory laing sauce.

The secret to achieving a thick sauce is to avoid stirring the coconut milk. Mixing the gata or coconut milk will only make it watery.

This laing recipe can be made in advance and kept frozen for a week. Thaw and reheat before serving.

Best 4 sauce recipes with ginger

Sesame Ginger Soy Sauce

Sesame Ginger Soy Sauce Recipe
Adding a little spiciness of the ginger can do a lot of good with loads of dishes, and it's salty enough not to need any other sauces to make your dish taste great!
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Sesame ginger soy sauce recipe

Love trying new sauces? I’ve got the perfect recipe for you – sesame ginger soy sauce!

This delicious sauce is perfect for adding flavor to any dish. It’s just spicy enough to at a little kick and salty because of the soy sauce.

If you don’t want to spend money on a bottled sauce or want to make sure it has all-natural ingredients, you can make it at home.

Miso Ginger Dressing for Salad

Miso Ginger Dressing for Salad Recipe
The following quantities are interchangeable according to your personal preferences. If you want your dressing to be sweeter, simply add some more honey. If you would prefer it to be tangier, increase your vinegar or lime juice quantities.
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Miso ginger salad recipe

Ginger is an excellent digestive aid. It can also reduce inflammation, relieve nausea, and boost your immune system when you’re ill.

Sesame seeds are a good source of fiber and plant protein. They are also packed with nutrients such as zinc and copper.

Meanwhile, limes are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and the acetic acid content in unfiltered apple cider vinegar can help with blood sugar control and reduce cholesterol.

Last, but certainly not least, honey is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, and can lower blood pressure and triglycerides.

Japanese Ginger, Onion, And Carrot Salad Dressing

Japanese Ginger, Onion, And Carrot Salad Dressing
This is an amazing and delicious salad dressing, that you are bound to find at your favorite sushi joint. It’s very easy to make, especially when using a blender, and you can have it within 5 minutes so long as you have the ingredients with you.
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avocado salad and dressings

Japanese salad dressings, such as ginger, carrot, and onion are very unique, as they usually involve a puree of veggies, as well as other ingredients in order to have an extremely flavorful and fresh dressing.

Mostly, they are known as wafu dressing, which can be translated to “Japanese-style dressing.”

The Japanese salad dressing consists of two common bases, which include tomato paste based dressing and soy sauce-based dressing.

Tonkatsu Sushi Sauce

Tonkatsu Sushi Sauce Recipe
If you want a sauce for your sushi that has a little sweetness and vinegar, this is your sauce.
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Easy Sushi Tonkatsu Sauce Recipe To Flavor Your Rolls

Authentic tonkatsu sauce can be hard to make because it uses a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables to get the acidity and sweetness, but luckily there’s an easier way to make it.

This tonkatsu sauce has been adapted to fit sushi especially well with the perfect flavor balance.

You can use this recipe to make tonkatsu sauce at home for your sushi rolls.

Best Asian recipes with ginger

15 Best Asian Recipes With Ginger

Joost Nusselder
Ginger is great to work with and in most cases, you cut it up into small minced ginger, just like you would with garlic.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 5 people


  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 thumb ginger chopped


Create a ginger marinade

  • In a bowl, combine garlic, onion, tomatoes, and ginger then mix.
  • Stuff a fish with the garlic, onion, and ginger mixture or rub it on meat and let it sit for a while.

Let it simmer with ginger

  • Pour your ingredients for the sauce like soy sauce into your saucepan, then toss the spring onion, ginger and garlic as well.
  • This time add your pork or other protein into the saucepan along with the other ingredients and simmer it until much of the liquid has evaporated leaving only a sticky sauce that makes it look glossy.


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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.