It seems that with every post about herbs that I write, I get comments and emails asking what in the world we make with (insert herb here).
So, I thought I’d put together a post with recipes using fresh herbs. And, I hope you’ll share your recipes using fresh herbs. *Edited to add: I’ve updated this post with new recipes and ideas from commenters. Thanks for all the great ideas.
In all honesty, I had never used fresh herbs before we planted our garden. I hope to show that using fresh herbs doesn’t have to be difficult. Actually, I find cooking with fresh herbs to be simpler. I’m no fancy cook and we don’t make very difficult recipes.
These are the herbs we use, in the order of popularity.
“What do you DO with all that cilantro?” This is, by far, what I hear the most from you. We use more cilantro than we can grow (honestly). Ryan and I love cilantro and are thinking of naming our future firstborn Cilantro as a tribute to this well-loved herb. (Our mothers are having heart attacks right at this very moment.)
Here are a few things we have made with cilantro (links to recipes):
*Comment addition: Jen recommends a peruvian cilantro ensalada – marinate onions and cilantro (10+ minutes) in lime juice – for a great twist on coleslaw.
Here’s the thing: If nothing else, you can always throw basil on a homemade (or even frozen) pizza. You can also put basil on just about any pasta dish.
Grilled chicken bruschetta
Capellini Caprese *I even made this with dried herbs the first time…. fresh is better.
Grilled steak with roasted garlic and herbs
Grilled chicken penne al fresco
Pizza on the grill via Imperfect
And, here are a few basil recipes my to-make list:
Pesto via Popcorn Ideas *I’ve never made pesto before… this is on my list for the summer.
Meatball Sandwich via Allison and Jared *My mouth is watering just looking at this recipe.
*Comment addition: For a simple appetizer or snack, Jordan recommends slicing up tomatoes and adding a slice of fresh mozzarella and basil leaf.
- Mint tea
- Mint jelly
*Comment addition: Michael recommends using mint leaves as a garnish for yogurt, fruit parfait or smoothie.
*Comment addition: Katie also recommends a ratio of 3:1 (strawberry:mint) for jam. Just mix before canning.
If nothing else, just pluck some parsley for your plate. Everyone will think you’re fancy. (I may or may not be speaking from experience.)
Rosemary is great on potatoes – I’ve made them grilled, baked or mashed.
*Comment addition: Leigh also recommends rosemary on chicken and steamed clams.
*Comment addition: Jen recommends rosemary on homemade foccacia bread.
*Comment addition: Claire recommends herb butter with rosemary for grilled corn on the cob.
*Comment addition: Cara also recommends rosemary with alfredo chicken pizza.
*Comment addition: Katie recommends rosemary with pork – pan sear pork chops and then bake in a mixture of breadcrumbs and finely chopped rosemary.
Chicken Bundles via Shannanigans
Chives are also great on potatoes.
And, this leads to my final point. Even if you don’t use tons of the herbs you plant, they smell lovely and look great. You can consider planting them as decorative plants. Just remember to snip them regularly if you aren’t using them enough. You don’t want them to go to seed. I give you permission to compost any clippings, no guilt.
Is this helpful? What do you make with fresh herbs?