The Rule for Substituting Dried Herbs for Fresh

March 24, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

Bundle of Fresh Herbs

I never seem to use up the bundles of herbs that I buy at the grocery store, so I frequently substitute dried herbs for fresh using this rule:

1 teaspoon of dried herbs = 1 tablespoon of fresh

You’ll need to use less of the dried herbs because they are actually just a bit more potent. This works well for herbs like oregano, thyme, and sage because they are added earlier on in a recipe. When it comes to herbs that you garnish with, like basil, mint, or parsely, those are better fresh, and thankfully they’re easy to grow.

Learn how to store herbs here.


  1. Jaydub

    But what about when recipes say “three sprigs” of something? That seems to be how fresh herbs are often described, and I never know how much they really mean.

    March 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm
  2. Andrea Abay-Abay

    I think it’s different for each herb. For example, with thyme one fresh sprig equals one-half teaspoon of dried thyme.

    I found a great site for procuring dried herbs to play with in my kitchen at if you are looking for a reputable source in North America for organic herbs and spices.

    May 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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