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Common Herbs Used in Mediterranean-Style Cooking

 

Learn which Mediterranean herbs and spices are commonly used in many of Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen’s recipe experiments.

Learn which Mediterranean herbs and spices are commonly used in many of Carrie's Experimental Kitchen's recipe experiments.

 

Many assume that when cooking with certain types of herbs, they are restricted to certain types of cuisine. When in actuality, they are also quite popular in other areas of the world as well. Such is the case with many Mediterranean fresh herbs and spices.

There are many herbs which you might automatically think would be associated in this list like basil, rosemary and fennel. However, there are some herbs like ginger and cilantro, that are also used in Mediterranean-style cooking as well.

Learn which Mediterranean herbs and spices are commonly used in many of Carrie's Experimental Kitchen's recipe experiments.

Today I’ll be sharing the most commonly used fresh herbs in Mediterranean-style cooking that I like to use in many of my recipes here at Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen. I’ve also given you a few links to recipes that I have prepared in the past using such herb.

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Herbs I use in many of my Mediterranean-Inspired dishes:

Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp marinated in fresh squeezed lemon juice, garlic, basil, white vinegar and oil are deliciously light and flavorful. Skewer them with your favorite vegetables; then serve over rice or pasta for a complete meal.

Basil

Pork Chops with Lime & Cilantro | Carrie's Experimental Kitchen #pork #grilling

Cilantro

Cheddar & Chive Potato Puffs

Chives

Roasted Fennel & Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad

Fennel

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic

Flank steak marinated in fresh ginger, ginger, soy sauce, and brown sugar; then grilled to perfection. A must-try on your summer grilling list.

Ginger

Strawberry Chocolate Mint Sorbet
Mint

Vanilla Almond Onion Straws

Onion
  • Onion’s are extremely popular to Mediterranean cuisine, as it enhances other vegetables, soups, sauces, seafood and meat dishes, grains and legumes
  • There are hundreds of varieties of onions including the large, round Spanish onion, the red-skinned Italian onion, smaller, yellow or white onions, pearl onions and green onions; all of which vary in appearance and potency
  • Try Italian Onions, Vanilla Almond Onion StrawsFrench Onion Soup

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DIY Oregano Lemon Salt

Oregano

Gremolata Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast

Parsley

Horseradish, Garlic & Rosemary Encrusted Roast Beef

Rosemary

 

Sweet Potato & Sage Risotto

Sage

Saffron

Sea Salt Roasted Green Beans-Horizontal

Sea Salt

Thyme & Butter Roasted Carrots

Thyme

 

If you would like to try some other common herbs used in Mediterranean cooking other than the ones listed here, try these: Bay Leaves, Chervil, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Fenugreek, Marjoram, Nutmeg, and Turmeric. This year, I also found Chocolate Oregano and have added it to my herb pot. It smells amazing so look for new recipes coming soon!

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Are you considering following a Mediterranean diet?   Read my post entitled Should I Eat a Mediterranean Diet? for helpful tips and information!

 

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*Originally shared May 2014/Updated February 2019


8 Comments

  1. Kirsten Madaus
    May 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    This is a comprehensive list, Carrie! I’m missing ginger, oregano, sage, saffron (oh and of course salt) but the rest are growing, or soon will be, in my back yard/side yard/front yard gardens.

    And I found fall-blooming crocus in the woods last year, so perhaps I can source local saffron . . . ?

    Thanks!

    • Carrie Farias
      May 13, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

      You’re welcome!

  2. Mia
    May 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Great post. Thank you.

    • Carrie Farias
      May 13, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Mia! 🙂

  3. Sasha
    November 21, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

    This is a great list of herbs here. I’m such a fan of Mediterranean-style cooking, probably because my father was born and raised in Sicilia and I grew up on my parents cooking using only the finest ingredients. I love how you’ve included a bit of background information about each herb, most of which I never knew!

    Thanks again for the great share. Keep the excellent content coming.

    – Sasha from DMT Culinary Sharpeners, the world’s leading knife sharpening products.

  4. Ebon Blackforest
    September 3, 2017 at 12:13 am - Reply

    I am very allergic to Sage. Does anyone have a good substitute for flavouring? I can’t even touch/be near sage without having trouble breathing. Also, Cinnamon, too. I’m allergic. I’ve tried substituting nutmeg on that one, but any suggestions?

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