Garnish is an ingredient which is used to enhance the flavor, texture, color and appearance of the dish. It is a part of food plating and presentation. Cucumber spirals are used as a popular garnish for salads. Mashed potatoes are sprinkled with parsley and chives to add flavor as well as the fresh appearance to the dish.



Simple Kitchen Tools Used For Garnishing


  • Apple cutter / corer – It is used to make carrot flowers.
  • Butter curler / candy moulds – It is used to shape butter and form delicate butter curls.
  • Citrus stripper – It is used to cut thin citrus peel strips which can be candied.
  • Melon baller – watermelon, cantaloupes and muskmelon balls can be scooped to make attractive garnishes.
  • Hand grater – It is used to grate ingredients like cheese, chocolates, etc.
  • Wire strainer – Cocoa powder, coffee powder, icing sugar are dusted on sweet and baked goods using a wire strainer.



Types of Garnish


Citrus garnish

Candied citrus peel can be made using lemon and orange. Citrus peel strips are cut and put into boiling sugar syrup and then dried. These candied peels are used to garnish desserts.


Citrus slices

Lemon and orange slices are used to garnish cocktails and mocktails. It is also used to decorate fruit salads and traditional Indian dishes like biryani, dum aloo, etc.


Chocolate garnish

Chocolate curls are made using a paring knife or a peeler. Chocolate cut outs are used making cookie cutters and different shapes. Chocolate dipped fruits are made by dipping strawberries, apricots, cashew, almonds or walnuts in melted chocolate. These decorations are usually used to garnish desserts like cakes, mousse, cheesecakes, trifles, etc.


Vegetable garnish

Vegetables like carrots, cucumber, and sliced zucchini are used to garnish curries. Carrot bundles are made by tying julienned carrots with spring onion. They are served along with pasta and even appetizers. Carrot flowers are made by cutting carrot slices into a flower shape. Cucumber ribbons are made using a peeler. Zucchini flowers are also made and used as garnishes.


Grated cheese

Cheese is grated over salads, pasta, casseroles, etc.


Fruit garnish

Cherry is most popularly used to garnish sundaes and desserts. Strawberry, kiwi, peach, and pineapple slices are used to garnish cakes and mousses.



Sauces and curries are topped on dishes to make them look appealing. Alfredo sauce is used over pasta.



Popular Garnishes


Simple ingredients like parsley, paprika powder, black pepper powder, coriander leaves, grated coconut, ginger and beetroot juliennes are commonly used savoury garnishes.

Fruits, whipped cream and chocolate decorations are used to garnish desserts.




Many books have been written on techniques and easy tips on garnishing. A few of them are –

·         Food Art: Garnishing made easy by John Gorgone

·         Working the plate – Christopher Styler

Garnish Blogs

Cherry Martini Garnishing Tips

Cherry Martini Garnishing Tips On : 22-Sep-2011 By : colorsandspices

  If you want to serve cherry martini for any occasion then you should know how to garnish this drink. The most common method of garnishing this gorgeous martini drink is to use a cherry garnish. I am going to share some other ways, by which you...

Ten Ways To Garnish A Drink – Get Creative

Ten Ways To Garnish A Drink – Get Creative On : 13-Oct-2010 By : pepperdiaries

  You must have often noticed those colorful little paper parasols on a cocktail drink or a neatly cut lime wedge fixed on the rim of the cocktail glass. With our ten ways to garnish a drink , we hope to bring...

Cheese Martini Garnishing Tips

Cheese Martini Garnishing Tips On : 23-Sep-2011 By : yummytummy

The cheese martini is one of the exotic martini drinks, which is not commonly available in many bars and restaurants. If you want to prepare this fabulous drink at home, then you should also learn how to garnish the drink properly. The easy and common way...

Tips For Garnishing Food!

On : 17-May-2009 By : ifoodiee

Garnishing of food can be considered the most important part of food presentation . It can bring a whole new personality to your dish. Often garnished dishes adds to the aesthetic appearance of the tale. Garnishing helps to come up with an attractive...

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