Herb substitution’s


People always are asking me what herb they can substitute for one they do not have. Let’s face it we do not have every spice they make (wishful thinking). And especially when we are not from a certain culture. Good news though here is a herb substitution list.

Allspice
Cinnamon; cassia; dash of nutmeg or mace; or dash of cloves

Aniseed
Fennel seed or a few drops anise extract

Cardamom
Ginger

Chili Powder
Dash bottled hot pepper sauce plus a combination of oregano and cumin

Cinnamon
Nutmeg or allspice (use only 1/4 of the amount)

Cloves
Allspice; cinnamon; or nutmeg

Cumin
Chili powder

Ginger
Allspice; cinnamon; mace; or nutmeg

Mace
Allspice; cinnamon; ginger; or nutmeg

Nutmeg
Cinnamon; ginger; or mace

Saffron
Dash of turmeric (for color)

Basil
Oregano or thyme

Chervil
Tarragon or parsley

Chive
Green onion; onion; or leek

Cilantro
Parsley

Italian Seasoning
Blend of any of these: basil, oregano, rosemary, and ground red pepper

Marjoram
Basil; thyme; or savory

Mint
Basil; marjoram; or rosemary

Oregano
Thyme or basil

Parsley
Chervil or cilantro

Red Pepper
Dash bottled hot pepper sauce or black pepper

Rosemary
Thyme; tarragon; or savory

Sage
“Poultry” seasoning; savory; marjoram; or rosemary

Savory
Thyme; marjoram; or sage

Tarragon
Chervil; dash fennel seed; or dash aniseed

Thyme
Basil; marjoram; oregano; or savory

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