Are you cooking with herbs or avoiding them? For years, I only used salt and pepper. Now, I have a large collection of herbs and seasonings that I enjoy using. Your entire family will love the added flavor your food will have when you start using herbs!
When you cook without herbs and spices meals turn out bland, at best. If you’re unsure how to use herbs in cooking, keep reading. The following ideas will teach you how to begin using herbs and making meals which are more palatable.
Before you begin your foray into cooking with herbs, it’s important to know where you would expect to use them. Some herbs are used more with savory recipes while others will be used in dessert recipes. You may also find a few herbs which can be used in both.
Add fresh sweet marjoram to butter and spread it over a roast beef after it comes out of the oven. You may also want to do something similar with sweet marjoram, chervil, parsley, summer savory and celery.
- Seared Steak
- Easy Beef Taco Skillet
- Roast Beef Roll-Ups
- Hearty Beef and Bean Chili
- Beef Short Ribs
- Taco Salad with Beef
- Pulled Pork Sliders
- Pork Chops with Wild Rice
- Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops
- 15 Bean Soup with Pork
- Tuscan Pork Chops with White Beans
- Honey Applesauce Pork Tenderloin
- Chicken and Portobello Mushroom Casserole
- Low Carb Chicken and Red Cabbage Stir Fry
- Greek Chicken Skewers
- Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts
- Chicken Quesadillas
- Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs
When preparing fish you may want to use dill, basil or tarragon. You could also use curry powder, mustard and marjoram.
- Beer Battered Sablefish Cod Sliders
- Swordfish and Pineapple Kabobs
- Blackened Fish Tacos
- Grilled Tequila Lime Cod
- Atlantic Cod with Garlic Herb Butter
- Crispy Salmon with Herb Butter
- Mediterranean Grouper
- Lemon-Thyme Grouper
- Sparkling Blueberry Maple Lemonade
- Blackberry Iced Tea
- Cranberry Spritzer
- Cranberry Moscow Mule
- Homemade Eggnog
- Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
You can find fresh or dried herbs in most grocery stores. However, it is important to remember that fresh herbs provide a bold flavor while powdered herbs are generally milder. Use dried herbs with fat such as when making a flavored butter or infusing oil. When using fresh herbs, be sure to crush the herb before using it to cook with.
When it comes to herbs remember that a little often goes a long way. You’ll want to experiment if you don’t know how to use herbs in cooking, but you don’t want to overwhelm the dish. As you become more comfortable using a few herbs, you can then begin branching out and trying more exotic ones.