How to Cut & Freeze Lemongrass

Lemongrass can be an intimidating ingredient to cook with at first because of its stiff and woody stems, but it only takes a few easy steps to cut it and incorporate it into your recipes.

What does lemongrass taste like?

Lemongrass has the flavor of lemon but is much more subtle and less acidic. It won’t overpower your dish, it will add just the right amount of bright flavor. If you can’t find lemongrass at your usual grocery store, try looking at your nearest Asian Market. Look for stalks that have green leaves and yellow-white stems.

cut lemongrass on a cutting board

How to cut lemongrass

Begin by chopping off the bottom bulb of the lemongrass stalk, about a half of an inch.

two stalks of lemongrasschopping the bottom bulb off lemongrass

Then cut the off the top part of the stems so that you are left with a four to five-inch section of the stem.

cut off tops of lemongrass

Peel off the layers of the stem like an onion until you reach the soft and flexible part. There should be no firm or woody stem parts left, or it won’t be enjoyable to chew! Now cut the bottom section where the layers broke off so you have a nice and even edge. You are now left with the section that you will mince for the recipe!

removed woody stems from lemongrass stalk

Cut the stalk in half lengthwise so that you have one flat side. Then turn the lemongrass over so the flat side in on your cutting board.

lemongrass sliced in half

Turn the lemongrass so it is perpendicular to your knife. Begin to thinly cut the lemongrass with a rocking motion with your knife. You’ll end up with half-moons of lemongrass.

lemongrass sliced into half moons

If you would like a finer dice, cut the stalk in half again lengthwise and thinly slice!

finely minced lemongrass on a cutting board

How to freeze lemongrass

Most Asian grocery stores sell lemongrass in bunches, which will keep for about two weeks in your refrigerator. It won’t go bad but it will dry out and lose its freshness. You can also keep it for longer in the freezer, and it will maintain its flavor. Cut off the root ends and woody stems and put it into a freezer-proof container. Another way to freeze it without taking up space is to blend minced lemongrass with a little bit of water and pour it into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, transfer the cubes into a Ziploc bag for future use!

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How to cut lemongrass

Learn how to cut lemongrass with a few easy steps!
Total Time5 mins
Keyword: how to cut lemongrass
Author: Globally Flavored

Materials

  • 1 lemongrass stalk

Instructions

  • Begin by chopping off the bottom bulb of the one lemongrass stalk, about a half of an inch.
  • Then cut the off the top part of the stems so that you are left with a four to five-inch section of the stem.
  • Peel off the layers of the stem like an onion until you reach the soft and flexible part. There should be no firm or woody stem parts left, or it won’t be enjoyable to chew! Now cut the bottom section where the layers broke off so you have a nice and even edge. You are now left with the section that you will mince for the recipe!
  • Cut the stalk in half lengthwise so that you have one flat side. Then turn the lemongrass over so the flat side in on your cutting board.
  • Turn the lemongrass so it is perpendicular to your knife. Begin to thinly cut the lemongrass with a rocking motion with your knife. You’ll end up with half-moons of lemongrass.
  • If you would like a finer dice, cut the stalk in half again lengthwise and thinly slice!
  • How to freeze lemongrass
  • Cut off the root ends and woody stems and put it into a freezer-proof container. Another way to freeze it without taking up space is to blend minced lemongrass with a little bit of water and pour it into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, transfer the cubes into a Ziploc bag for future use!

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