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How to Use a Microplane

Created January 11, 2017

Using a Microplane

It’s a grater. It’s a zester. It’s … a microplane! Get one today and start quickly, easily whipping up cheesy appetizers, tasty lemon and lime recipes, and much more. 

All About Microplanes

  • Using. To use your microplane, simply rub food against the holes. If you’re zesting fruit, make sure to stop when you get to the bitter white membrane.
  • Cleaning. Soak your microplane in soapy water. When food bits have softened up a bit, scrub it inside and out. Still have stragglers? Try grating a potato or apple. 
  • Buying. Shop around for the right design for you—there’s a ton of shapes and sizes on the market. You can find a wide variety of microplanes at most kitchen stores, or search online. 

Microplane Recipes

Hard Cheeses

Add piquant flavor to your favorite dishes with a finely shredded toss of hard cheese.

  • Go Romano. Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean forgoing flavor! Give blander health foods a sharp, flavorful kick. Creamy Quinoa Primavera
  • Stay Sharp with Asiago. Give classic comfort food a very tasty twist! A healthy heap of shredded Italian Asiago adds mouthwatering flavor to traditional mashed potatoes. Asiago-Pesto Mashed Potatoes
  • Pile on The Parmesan. Top off traditional Italian pasta and meat dishes with this salty tabletop favorite. Eggplant Parmesan


Spice up your dinner, desserts, and drinks with the tangy flavor of fresh ginger.

  • Make Sips With Zip. Salute summer with a refreshing drink that’ll set taste buds tingling.  Ginger Lemonade
  • Let Them Eat Ginger! Offset the sweetness of sugar, vanilla, and evaporated milk with an enticing toss of grated gingerroot. Triple-Ginger Pound Cake


Make the most of your citrus fruits by finely grating peels into a “zest.” Toss a pinch or two in your dishes and drinks for a fruity kick. 

  • Start Tart. With just a pinch of orange zest, you can whip up a deliciously fresh take on a breakfast classic. Orange French Toast Bake
  • Fish for Flavor. Grated orange, lemon zest, and a hint of mint add tang to a tender fish fillet. Salmon With Mint Sauce