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What are some creative uses for lemon grass?

Asked by keobooks (14303points) August 5th, 2012

I have TONS of recipes for Asian chicken or shellfish, so I don’t need any more of those. I have made a really good hot tea with it already, but I can’t live off tea and Asian chicken.

I have a huge plant in the backyard. While the other plants didn’t do so well in the drought, the lemon grass thrived and is a giant monster. I need stuff to do with it! Creative cooks, hear my plea!

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gailcalled's avatar

I have had freshly squeezed carrot juice with lemon grass, which was delicious. I understand that lemongrass is tough and needs to treated roughly so I don’t know about prep tips.

downtide's avatar

As an ingredient in pot-pourri gifts

wundayatta's avatar

You could weave baskets from it.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I have not done this, so I don’t know how it would work. I would try it to add smoke to your next BBQ, sprinkle some of the lemon grass over the coals shortly before you throw your meat on the grill. Have something in reserve just in case it doesn’t work.

If you use a gas grill, wrap the lemon grass in foil, poke holes in the foil and put that on the flames.

Trillian's avatar

Dry and burn it outside in a small brazier to keep bugs away.

zigmund's avatar

Steep it in 1q distilled water with cloves, dried mint, and lavender. Then strain and add 1 bottle rubbing alcohol. Best natural bug repellant ever.

Dsg's avatar

You can use Lemon Grass as an aromatherapy herb. It smells very upbeat and relaxing. I’m not sure how to make it, but it smells awesome! Good luck and let me knw hw it turns out.

keobooks's avatar

Thanks for posting these. I love the smell but the cooking uses seemed beyond my grasp. I’m not too crafty but most of this stuff sounds easy.

Trillian's avatar

@keobooks, you could also wrap chicken for grilling. I understand it adds a bit of a lemony flavor.

Kardamom's avatar

Since you have so much lemongrass, you might want to Freeze some of it for later use. Or you can Dry it.

I love soup and soup is pretty easy to make. You might like some of these recipes:

Lemongrass Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup

Pumpkin Corn and Lemongrass Soup

Hot and Sour Soup with Lemongrass

Thai Peanut Soup with Lemongrass

Vegetable Ecstacy Soup with Lemongrass

Here’s some other stuff that sounded good:

Spring Rolls with Lemongrass Dipping Sauce and Cucumber Salad

Vietnamese Barbecued Lemongrass Beef

Lemongrass Rub (to use with fish, chicken or meat)

Fresh Tuna Burgers with Lemongrass, Cilantro and Ginger

Pork and Lemongrass Meatballs in Lettuce Cups (note: you can also use ground turkey, and you can place them upon rice noodles or udon noodles instead of using the lettuce cups)

Chicken Burgers with Lemongrass Mayo and Pickled Cabbage Slaw

Lemongrass Shrimp Skewers

Broiled Salmon with Lemongrass and Ginger

Lemongrass Panna Cotta

Coconut Lemongrass Pudding

Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

Tomato Lemongrass Salsa

White Lemongrass Sangria

Hope there’s something on this list that sounds tempting : P

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