Alternatives to lemongrass
Especially in recipes from Southeast Asia, lemongrass is often an ingredient. But even in well-stocked supermarkets, lemongrass is not always available. We give you three alternatives that you can use instead.
- The lemon balm originally comes from the Mediterranean region. In the meantime, however, this undemanding plant has spread all over the world and can also be found in many German gardens. Sometimes you can even find wild specimens that can be harvested.
- Lemon verbena can also be used as a substitute for lemongrass.
- A tasty alternative to lemongrass is the grated zest of lemons or limes. However, you should only use fruit with untreated skin for this purpose.
This can also be used as a substitute for lemongrass
Although the alternatives mentioned also taste wonderfully lemony, they don’t quite match the taste of the original. But there are other options you can use if you can’t get fresh lemongrass.
- You can also buy dried lemongrass. This is usually already ground or cut into powder and immediately ready for use in the kitchen. However, the taste is significantly less intense than with fresh goods.
- On the other hand, the aroma and taste of the lemongrass paste are very intense. This can be dosed very well and comes very close to the taste of fresh lemongrass.
- Lemongrass is also occasionally sold as a frozen product. This product is also usually pre-cut and can be processed immediately.