Ryan Shepard
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January 11, 2024

Herbs 101: The 6 Most Popular Herbs to Cook With (And How to Use Them!)

Alright, fam, let's spill the tea on some kitchen magic that turns "meh" into "ah-mazing"—herbs, baby! We're diving into the world of flavor with my six ride-or-die herbs. Grab a snack because we're about to talk culinary sorcery.

Basil - The Green Goddess

Sweet basil, you're the real MVP. Pesto pasta, Caprese salad, or a Margherita pizza—basil brings that burst of freshness that makes everything pop. And that heavenly aroma? It's a whole vibe. I keep it growing in my garden every year because, let's be real, I use it like it's going out of style.

Try it in this recipe: Fish Provençal

Rosemary - The Flavor Pioneer

Rosemary, the OG flavor pioneer, adds a dash of earthiness to my culinary game. Roasted potatoes with rosemary? Yes, please! This herb is a boss in marinades, bread, and even infused oils. A rosemary-infused olive oil drizzle can turn basic into boujee real quick. It's the star in my cranberry pork roast and oven roasted ribs, for real flavor adventurers.

Try it in this recipe: Olive Oil Roasted Chicken

Cilantro - The Zesty Trailblazer

Cilantro, the zesty trailblazer, is a must-have for that punch of freshness. Guacamole, salsa, or anything Southeast Asian—cilantro is the flavor hero. Try it in cilantro-lime rice or sprinkle it over tacos for a flavor explosion that'll take you on a culinary journey. I personally can't get enough of it and love it in my ceviche tostada. To those who taste soap with cilantro, my condolences.

Try it in this recipe: Black Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks

Thyme - The Timeless Wonder

Thyme, the timeless wonder, bringing depth to both savory and sweet dishes. Roasted chicken with thyme? Absolutely divine. It's my go-to for the OG roasted chicken recipe. This herb is a game-changer in soups, stews, and even desserts (have you tried my blueberry shortcake recipe?)Trust me, it's an experience.

Try it in this recipe: Southern Bouillabaisse Recipe

Mint - The Cool Crusader

Mint, the cool crusader, bringing that refreshing vibe to the table. It's a star in beverages like mint lemonade or mojitos, but don't sleep on its power in salads and desserts. A watermelon and feta salad with a hint of mint? You'll be thanking me later.

Parsley - The Versatile Virtuoso

Last but not least, parsley—It's not just a garnish; it's a flavor powerhouse. Sprinkle it on pasta, toss it in salads, or whip up a nutty gremolata to take your dishes to the next level.

Try it in this recipe: Black Eyed Pea Soup


These herbs are basically the superheroes of my kitchen, always ready to rescue any meal from flavor mediocrity. Mix them up, experiment, and let your taste buds embark on a flavorful adventure. The culinary possibilities are endless, and these herbs are here to make every bite memorable.

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