Top 9 Recipes That Use Fresh Herbs

updated: October 9, 2013

These are my favorite recipes for using large quantities of fresh herbs. I hope this list will inspire you to grab a whole bunch or two of basil or cilantro at the farmers market, or that it will offer an answer to anybody wondering what to do with large quantities of herbs. What are your favorite recipes that use lots of fresh herbs? I would love to hear from you!

1. Rib-eye Steaks With Chimichurri (oregano–1 cup, parsley or cilantro–1 cup)

2. Michael’s Pesto (basil–4 1/2 cups)

3. Salsa Verde (cilantro–1 cup)

4. Beef and Red Pepper Salad With Miso Dressing (cilantro–1 cup)

5. Michael’s Crazy Chicken Rice Noodle Stir-Fry (Thai basil–3/4 cup)

6. Farfalle With Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cream (basil–1/2 cup)

7. Corn and Tomato Salad With Cilantro Dressing (cilantro–1/4 cup)

8. Pasta With Shrimp and Cilantro-Lime Pesto (cilantro–1 1/2 cups)

9. Thai Curried Noodles With Pork and Basil (Thai basil–1/2 cup)


Lori’s Stuffed Zucchini (parsley–1/2 cup, basil–2 tablespoons)

Jerusalam Salad (handful of parsley)

Rigatoni with Braised Chicken and Saffron Cream (basil–2/3 cup)

Bulgur, Garbanzo bean, and Cucumber Salad (dill–2/3 cup)

Michael’s Stuffed Bell Peppers with Chicken Parmesan Filling (basil–1/3 cup)

Kari’s Kick Ass Corn and Avocado Salsa (cilantro–1 cup)

Red Bell Pepper and Sautéed Corn Salad with Cilantro Dressing (cilantro–1/4 cup)

Stuffed Peppers with Feta and Pearled Couscous (cilantro–1/3 cup)

Curried Couscous Salad (parsley or cilantro–1/2 cup)

Spaghetti and Meatballs (parsley–3/4 cup)

Roasted Butternut Penne with Pistachio Pesto (1 cup of mixed herbs, I like a mixture of cilantro and chives)

What’s oishii? “Oishii” (pronounced “oy she”) is the Japanese word for delicious. I love sharing great recipes I discover from popular restaurants, cookbooks, food magazines (Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, etc.), tv shows, friends, family, and other blogs. I also develop my own. Please contact me if there is a recipe you would like the test kitchen to consider:

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