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Q: Can I substitute dried herbs for fresh herbs without ruining my dish?
A: Yes, you can substitute dried herbs for fresh herbs. Sometimes it is not practical to buy a bunch of fresh herbs when only a teaspoon is needed. However, here are a few considerations:
- Dried herbs need time for their flavor to seep into the dish, so they should be added more toward the beginning of the food preparation. Fresh herbs are usually added towards the end of the cooking process to avoid destroying their color and delicate flavors.
- Because dried herbs have a much more concentrated flavor, the general rule of thumb is to use a third of the amount of dried leaf herbs as you would fresh herbs. The main exception is basil. Chefs recommend substituting half the amount of dried basil for fresh basil in recipes.
- FYI - If substituting ground herbs for dried leaf herbs, begin with ¼ of the amount of dried herbs indicated in the recipe, and adjust as needed up to about ½ the amount indicated in the recipe.
To summarize: 1 tablespoon finely cut fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon crumbled dried herbs = ¼ to ½ teaspoon ground dried herbs. I hope you will find this information helpful in your kitchen. You may or may not detect a difference when substituting dried for fresh herbs. Either way, I am sure you will find your dish delicious and flavorful. Check out some of our Gourmet Selections for herb and spice options!
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