Better Home Cooking Basics: #52 Peel Fresh Ginger by Scraping the Skin with a Spoon.
Fresh ginger looks really weird. It's knobby & has a thin brown skin which looks like it would be difficult to peel with a regular veggie peeler - because it is. If you use a regular veggie peeler you will no doubt be taking chunks of the ginger with it. Put your veggie peeler away & open your silverware drawer. Take out a spoon - I like to use a teaspoon. Now balance the ginger between your hand & a cutting board & start to scrape the skin off with said spoon a little bit at a time. The skin will come off easily without sacrificing any of the ginger beneath it.