Freezing Fresh Herbs

Fresh Herbs for Marinara SauceI really like using fresh herbs in my cooking because they add such a nice flavor to the food! In the summertime I often pick the herbs from my garden. But when my garden isn’t growing (like this time of year), I buy herbs at the store. Many of the herbs at the store come in quite a big bundle (eg: parsley and cilantro). Since I can’t use the whole amount before it goes bad, I decided to start freezing my herbs.

Here’s what I do:


Freezing Fresh Herbs

Course Helpful Tips
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • herb of your choice


  1. First, wash the herb. In this case I'm washing cilantro in a bowl of water.
  2. Then prepare the herb. For cilantro I remove the leaves from the stem and cut them into the size pieces that I will want to use for cooking. Cut other herbs (like basil) into whatever size pieces you will want to use later.
  3. For herbs that have a stem, like thyme and rosemary, I cut the stems into small pieces such that they will fit into an ice cube tray. I don't take the leaves off the stem before freezing. (That's too much work!)
  4. I stuff the herbs into an ice cube tray and then carefully fill the tray with water.
  5. I place the tray into the freezer. Once frozen, I dump the cubes into a bowl or other container.
  6. I put the frozen herbs into a labeled resealable quart size freezer bag.
  7. I put the bag in my freezer. Right now in my freezer I have basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, chives, parsley and cilantro.
  8. I usually just add the frozen herb to whatever I'm cooking. Here some herbs are being added to a soup that I'm going to cook in my Instant Pot.
  9. Sometimes I defrost the herb first (eg thyme and rosemary) if I want to take the leaves off the stems prior to cooking.
  10. I love using the fresh / frozen herb ice cubes! I always add an ice cube or two of love too! 🙂