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Shrink Food: When Life Gives You Lemongrass…


… get a dinner party going with lemongrass cocktails and 17 brilliant lemongrass appetizer recipes. For this post I’ve decided peek in to your kitchen for appetizer inspiration. Check out your finest lemongrass recipes with my appetizer twist.

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Greetings, Grass Growers. I see your eyes brightening and your mouth watering, so enjoy a colossal variety of lemongrass recipes from short rib tacos, and lemongrass pear crumble to BBQ scallops and chicken salad cups. When life gives you lemongrass, eat these refreshingly creative appetizer recipes….

1. Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken via Rasa Malaysia
Appetizer Twist – Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Skewers: Stick a small skewer in each piece of chicken to make it a delicious lemongrass appetizer. Before you marinate the chicken, save a little sauce for dipping.

2. Lemongrass Cured Salmon Appetizers via Food Network
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Cured Salmon with Lime Creme Fraiche: Add a little lime creme fraiche to this cool cucumber, salmon and lemongrass appetizer. Mix lime juice and lime zest to creme fraiche and add a dollop on top.

Lemongrass cured salmon appetizer picture - Dresses & Appetizers

3. Lemongrass and Ginger Iced Tea via Appetite for China
Appetizer Twist – Mini Lemongrass & Ginger Fruit Pops:
Add chopped seasonal fruit to this lemongrass elixir, freeze in an ice tray with sticks and serve as mini fruit ice pops.

4. Lemongrass Shrimp Pasta via Nostrand Park
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Shrimp Spring Roll Appetizer: Cut the shrimp into small pieces. Take rice paper (follow instructions for use) and line it with mint, basil, sauteed shiitake mushrooms and the shrimp. Gently and tightly roll the rice paper and cut into small appetizer spring rolls.

5. Shiitake Lemongrass Miso Soup via Gastronomist
Appetizer Twist – Shiitake Lemongrass Miso Shooters:
Pour the soup in to shot glasses and top with crumbled crisp fried noodles.
Lemongrass and Shiitake Miso Soup - Dresses & Appetizers

6. Lemongrass Beef Stir Fry via Kitchen Chick
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Marinated Steak Pops:
Cut a strip steak into bite-sized cubes. Marinate the strip steak pieces in the lemongrass mixture. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Grill the steak cubes to your desired temperature. Place the steak on small skewers along with a cooked vegetable of choice and enjoy!

7. Minted Dungeness Crab with Lemongrass Kaffir Sake Butter Sauce via Salty Seattle
Appetizer Twist – Mini Crab Cakes with Lemongrass Kaffir Sake Butter Sauce: Make small, bite-sized patties, and pop the lemongrass crab deliciousness in your mouth!

8. Lemongrass Chicken Salad via The Kitchen Masochist
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Chicken Salad in a Lettuce Cup: Cut the end off of an endive and separate the leaves. Place a small helping of lemongrass chicken salad into each leaf and garnish with chopped chives.

9. Steamed Mussels in Lemongrass Coconut Curry via Steamy Kitchen
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Coconut Curry Mussel Appetizer: Remove mussels. Strain and save broth. Make a lemongrass rice and add a little coconut curry, rice and mussel to an appetizer spoon, garnish with a leaf of chervil and bottoms up.

Mussels with Lemon grass Recipe - Dresses & Appetizers

10. Lemongrass and Mint-marinated Nectarines, Peaches and Plums via Nostrand Park
Appetizer Twist – Mini Lemongrass Fruit Skewers with Whipped Cream: Cut the fruit into bite-sized cubes. Add the fruit cubes to small skewers, grill or bake the fruit until warm. Serve with a bowl of cool fresh whipped cream for dipping.

11. Mint and Lemongrass Green Tea Ice Cream via Blazing Hot Wok
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Green Tea Ice Cream Floats: Use a melon baller to scoop the ice cream into a shot glass then add ginger beer and you’ve got a delicious lemongrass and green tea ice cream float.

12. Chicken & Waffle Appetizer with Lemongrass Syrup via Dresses & Appetizers
Appetizer Twist – Mini Chicken & Waffle with Bacon and Lemongrass Syrup: Though this is already a delicious app, add some crumbled bacon on top for an addictive salty, amazing, bacon-y flavor. Yummers!

Chicken and Waffle Appetizer Lemon Grass Recipe - Dresses & Appetizer

13. BBQ Shrimp with Lemongrass via
Appetizer Twist – BBQ Scallops with Lemongrass: Swap the shrimp with scallops, and Oh YES!

BBQ Shrimp with Lemon grass Recipe - Dresses & Appetizers

14. Sake and Lemongrass Braised Short Ribs via Chez Christine:
Appetizer Twist – Mini Lemongrass Short Rib Soft Taco:
Shred the short ribs and mix with extra lemongrass sauce. Fill a small flour tortilla with shredded short ribs, julienned radishes, cilantro, salsa and dig in.

15. Branzino in Lemongrass Coconut Milk via Salty Seattle
Appetizer Twist – Lemongrass Branzino Crostini: Separate the meat into bite-sized portions. Slice a baguette into small discs, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake the sliced baguettes until crisp and golden. Add the fish on top of the baguette along with a little coconut milk and garnish with lime zest.

Branzino with Lemon Grass and Coconut Milk Recipe - Dresses & Appetizers

16. Lemongrass Poached Pears via Quickies on the Dinner Table
Appetizer Twist, Lemongrass Pear Crumble: Cook the poached pear until still firm and let cool. Remove the core, dice the pears and mix with flour and sugar until lightly pasty. Place the pear mixture into a small, buttered, oven-safe bowl, top with Barefoot Contessa’s delicious crumble topping and bake until golden.

17. Lemongrass and Tofu Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich) via Battle of the Banh Mi
Appetizer Twist, Lemongrass and Tofu Crostini:
Slice a baguette into small discs, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake the sliced baguettes until crisp and golden. Add the tofu and Banh Mi condiments to the baguette and garnish with your favorite herb.
Lemongrass and Tofu Bahn Mi Picture - Dresses & Appetizers

Thanks to all you lemongrass lovers for the appetizer inspiration. I hope you are full of lemongrass flavor and if you want more, share your clever lemongrass ideas in comments!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Grey permalink
    10 am

    I have a ton of lemon grass stored from the summer and can’t wait to try the infused vodka and short rib tacos.

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 am

      Greetings, Grey,
      There are so many good lemongrass recipes to choose from but you’ve picked one of my favorites, I love short rib tacos and may I suggest the lemongrass mussel recipe as well. Enjoy your citrus plant celebration!

      Love, Peace and Lemon Grass,
      Brandon Maya

  2. 10 am

    I have never used lemongrass, but your recipes and pictures are giving me inspiration to try it.

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 am

      Top of the Morning to You, Becky!
      You must try at least one recipe with lemongrass and let me know how it goes. I suggest the iced tea, chicken and waffle appetizer and scallops. What do you fancy on the lemongrass recipe list?

      Love, Peace and Lemon Rainbows,
      Brandon Maya

  3. 10 pm

    I like how you’ve taken something simple as lemon grass and compiled so many different and good recipes. And I love the idea of turning main courses into appetizers! Very cool. 🙂

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 pm

      Thanks, Muhammad,
      I hope you’ll try a few lemongrass appetizers at your next dinner party!

      Love, Peace and Lemon Stalks,
      Brandon Maya

  4. Sean permalink
    10 am

    Love love love lemon grass and this post is like a culinary Christmas morning. Thanks for all these great gifts!

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 am

      Hello, Sean,
      I’m glad you love the culinary gifts! If you have any ideas, please let them in comments.

      Love, Peace, Appetizers,

  5. 15 pm

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