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Tuesday, December 8

Garlic Grater Plate

My mother-in-law recently gave me a garlic grater plate, a nifty little kitchen accessory I had never seen before. She said wherever she bought it (hmmm…a fair, maybe?) there was a loooooong line of people waiting to buy it, which she faithfully waited in just for me. I’m so glad she did, I love this thing! (Luckily for all of you, the plate can also be purchased on Amazon…of course. What can’t be?)

garlic grater plate web

Basically, the garlic grater plate is a little ceramic plate with sharp teeth. You just rub your garlic cloves over the surface and voila! Your garlic is grated to bits!

We like to grate garlic, pour olive oil directly over the garlic on the dish, and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dip pieces of good bread in the oil and you’re immediately transported to heaven. Cate calls it “the spicy oil” and loves it.

(This website over here says that you can grate lots of other ingredients on the plate as well…I’ll have to do some experimenting!)

Bottom line, we are loving this plate. You should get one. You’ll thank me.


  1. 1

    Riddle me this… I’ve seen these becoming much more “mainstream” as of late, but I haven’t actually picked one up to touch and feel.

    Sooo, what is the difference between a “garlic” and a “ginger” grater? I have a ceramic ginger grater (which I got from the most awesomest [yah, not a real word] Wok shop in all the world – The Wok Shop in San Francisco) and it looks essentially the same. I haven’t used it for grating garlic yet (we always buy the crush garlic cubes from Trader Joe’s).

    This question has been plaguing me since I first saw these things being raved about.

  2. 2
    Melanie M.

    I picked mine up at some home show last year and I love it. It works wonders on ginger too.

  3. 3
    Jane Maynard

    it’s looking to me like the ginger grater and the garlic grater are just about the same thing! it says on the garlic grater thing that you can grate ginger…pretty funny. I’ll have to keep an eye out for a ginger grater so I can compare them side by side, but it’s looking like the same concept to me. 🙂

    after both of your comments…I’m totally going to use this to grate ginger! 🙂

  4. 4

    These are a regular household item over here. My in laws use it for ginger(eat with tofu, somen noodles) or daikon radish. I’m glad these things have found their way State side. I’ll have to try garlic in it. Thanks for the tip.

  5. 5
    Adrianne Campbell

    i was given one as a baby gift to grate my own baby food at the table. works great!

  6. I’ve never seen that before either. Very cool, and great idea to serve with bread.

  7. I’ve never even HEARD of a garlic grating plate, but married to the person I am, I need one in my life.

  8. I ordered one of these after see Billy Mayes peddle it on the Discovery Channel and gave one away on my blog a few months back. It works pretty well and is fun to use.

  9. 9

    This is so cool, I didn’t know it even existed!! I think I might have to get one now, thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. 10

    Who would want something like this to clean,when they buy it in a jar chopped for a dollar?

  11. 11
    Jane Maynard

    good point…except fresh is just SO good! 🙂

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  13. 13

    haha! i have one of those and i had NO idea what it was! I feel a little dumb… but now I’m definitely going to use it! I think my Mom gave it to me in a stack of dishes that she got from someone… so I didn’t even realize what it was. Thanks!!

  14. 14

    Hi do u actually wholesale the garlic
    Grater plate

  15. So it looks like you are using one of our handmade graters from Spain, in the olive pattern!! That is a great grater!! In the picture you show a grater made by Rupi sold at, but your website link info takes you to a page that sells the same fake made in China ones that you see on amazon. You should maybe update your info…

  16. 16
    curly soos

    This is a totally American thing… Italians would NOT dip bread in serve bread before a meal, nor would they serve dipping oil. Although apparently due to American expectation, they do… well written up here:

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