Emergency Ingredient Substitutions Whether you’re making an emergency substitution or experimenting with a new flavor, follow these suggestions for herb alternatives. Some of the suggestions are similar flavors, and others are acceptable flavor alternatives. As a general rule, start with half of the amount the recipe calls for (unless directed otherwise), and add the herb until it suits your taste.
Basil: oregano or thyme
Chervil: tarragon or parsley
Chive: green onion; onion; or leek
Cilantro: parsley (an example of an alternative but it is in no way a substitute, just as parsley is no substitute for basil)
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
Poultry Seasoning: sage plus a blend of any of these: thyme, marjoram, savory, black pepper, and rosemary
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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