Fresh vs Dried Herbs
Fresh herbs add a burst of color and flavor as the finishing touch to many of our favorite dishes. But, short of an herb garden or a frequent visit to the farmers market, they are not that easy to keep on hand. So, many ask if they can substitute dried herbs for fresh in the recipes that they are following.
The answer is yes, you can swap fresh for dried herbs or dried for fresh herbs… but you should first beware of the rules.
Although dried herbs are simply fresh herbs that have been dried, they possess different characteristics in their different states and therefore should be treated differently when being used. There are other considerations, such as timing, that must be considered when substituting fresh for dried or dried for fresh herbs in a recipe.
So, the table below is our short answer, but be sure to read the rules immediately following the table for the complete answer to the fresh vs dried herb dilemma.