Kitchen 101

Fresh or Dried Herbs?

Fresh or dried herbs? 

Generally speaking, fresh is usually best when it comes to food – and that includes herbs. But sometimes that’s just not practical or even possible. So what do you do?

In most cases, you can substitute dried herbs for fresh herbs as long as you follow a simple formula:

1 teaspoon of dried herbs = 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs

Dried herbs have a concentrated flavor. Substituting dried herbs works better when the herbs are added early in your recipe because they have a chance to mellow with the cooking process.

For herbs that have a delicate flavor – like mint, parsley and basil – fresh is usually better because they are typically added to your recipe just before serving.