7 Dried Herbs That Will Change Your Life

Make these seven dried herbs staples in your pantry and never be without the building blocks of flavor.


While fresh herbs are fantastic, dried herbs are easy to keep on hand, convenient to use, and their concentrated flavor is a surefire way to take a dish from OK to incredible. Here, seven dried herbs you should never be without.

1. Marjoram

Marjoram's warm, lemony flavor is terrific for rich poultry dishes like slow-roasted turkey. It's also a great substitute for fresh basil in dishes like this chicken and eggplant Parmesan.

2. Thyme

Ultra-aromatic thyme is a classic pairing with fish, like in this recipe for roasted cod. It can also be used to flavor a crispy breadcrumb coating for baked goat cheese.

3. Rosemary

The spiky, fragrant herb infuses anything it touches. Use the dried version to stuff chicken or whole fish before roasting.

4. Oregano

A must-have ingredient for many classic Italian dishes — and an essential pizza parlor topping — dried oregano improves everything from chicken meatballs to Greek salad.

5. Mint

Dried mint leaves make for a quick and soothing cup of tea. They're also great in a seasoned butter for roast chicken, combined with other herbs to make an aromatic rice filling for stuffed grape leaves, and mixed into yogurt for a refreshing condiment.

6. Tarragon

Lightly anise-y dried tarragon is spectacular with spinach, especially when tangy cheese is involved as in this frittata or this creamy spaghetti. It's also delicious with fresh lemon zest and garlic like in this chicken and orzo dish.

7. Sage

Squash and sage is a match made in heaven. Try it in this roast chicken dish or this cheesy baked butternut squash polenta. The savory herb also provides incredible flavor in a crusty seasoned breadcrumb topping for turkey.

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