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Herb Recipes: Cooking with Fresh Herbs


Herb recipes are a great way to use what you’ve got growing in your herb garden!


15 Easy, Flavorful Recipes Using Herbs

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When herbs are in season, rejoice in recipes that incorporate heavenly rosemary, basil, dill, mint, oregano, and thyme. Cooking with herbs not only releases great fresh flavors, but also is healthy! From savory rosemary recipes to an amazing herb butter to divine basil pesto to a mint dish to keep your breath fresh on date night, here are 15 flavorful herb recipes.

Those of us with herb gardens are eager to start trying easy, healthy recipes that include herbs! 

Cooking With Herbs

Even if you simply want to spice up a typical dish like omelets or a salad, try these recipes for an herbal twist. And if you don’t have all the herbs the recipes call for, don’t worry—try a bit of experimenting! Once you get the hang of cooking with herbs, you’ll know which herbs work perfectly together (and which you might want to put aside for next time!). 

  • When using delicate herbs such as cilantro, parsley, and chives, add them 1 to 2 minutes before the end of cooking or sprinkle on top when a dish is served. 
  • Hardy herbs, including marjoram, thyme, and rosemary, can be added during cooking, without fear that they will lose flavor or become chewy. 

Herb Recipes

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Herb Omelet
Make the most important meal of your day even more exciting with this great omelet.

Photo Credit: Mshev/shutterstock.com

Cornbread with Pine Nuts and Rosemary
A tasty cornbread that combines the savory hints of rosemary and pine nuts with the sweetness of honey.


Marjoram Mushrooms
These cute appetizers are perfect for your next dinner party.

Photo Credit: Heidi Stonehill

Herbed Popovers
A light popover with a savory hint of oregano and thyme.

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Dill and Potato Cakes
These yummy appetizers can be served right alongside the Marjoram Mushrooms!

Photo Credit: C. Quinnell

Basil Pesto
This recipe calls for basil, but you can experiment with other herbs such as parsley, thyme, tarragon, and cilantro.

Basil pesto Photo by Dmytro Mykhailov/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Dmytro Mykhailov/Shutterstock

Mint Chiller
Try this refreshing summer drink alongside old-fashioned switchel, and see which one your family prefers!

Photo Credit: Amy Nieskens

Sally’s Bulgur Salad
This recipe comes from our editor-in-chief’s wife, Sally.  She wanted to introduce grains into the family’s diet, so she concocted this simple and delicious bulgur salad. Looking for more great salad recipes after loving this one? Try this list of eight great salads!

Photo Credit: S. Perreault

Rosemary Chicken with Spinach
This chicken breast makes for a delicious rosemary recipe.

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Herb Butter
This zesty condiment adds flavor to vegetables, cooked steak (melt a pat on top!), hot biscuits, and sandwiches. 


Tomato Herb Bread
Fresh tomatoes and herbs create a moist quick bread reminiscent of summer.


Herb-Stuffed Pasta
Two cheeses and several herbs make this a richly flavored dish.


Cilantro and Mint Sauce
Pair this refreshing sauce with fish.


Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Tzatziki is a refreshing sauce made with cool cucumbers, dill, creamy Greek yogurt, and zingy lemon.


Grilled Chicken With Fresh Herbs

Grilled Chicken With Fresh Herbs is the perfect summer recipe. The green herb marinade is amazing! 


Growing Herbs

Growing your own herbs is so easy and inexpensive. Who wants to buy those pricey little bundles at the market?  

Many herbs such as mint and dill just take off! (In fact, grow mint in its own bed or container so that it doesn’t spread and become invasive.)

If you are interested in growing your own herbs, check out which herbs we recommend and also our list of seven great kitchen herbs!

For even more detailed growing advice, consult our herbs growing chart and our Growing Guides for each popular herb!

Photo credit: Catherine Boeckmann

If all these recipes still don’t use up your supply of herbs, we’ve still got you covered—learn how to properly preserve herbs for more meals in the future!

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Sarah Perreault

Senior editor, Sarah Perreault, works on all things Almanac, but is especially proud to be the editor of our Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids series. Read More from Sarah Perreault

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