What can I substitute for marjoram?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “What can I substitute for marjoram?” with an in-depth analysis of the marjoram, its benefits along with uses of marjoram and all possible substitutes of marjoram with its recommended quantity.

What can I substitute for marjoram?

We can have several substitutes for marjoram such as oregano, sweet basil, summer savoury, thyme, sage, and herbes de Provence.

What is marjoram?

Marjoram, also termed sweet marjoram is considered as one of the herbs which belong to the family of mint, also an aromatic herb. This herb has been grown in North Africa, western Asia, and the Mediterranean for thousands of years.

It has a mild flavour just like the oregano and it is mostly used in garnish form on soups, salads, and meat dishes.

Its dried form has more influence than the fresh one, but it can be used in both conditions either in dried or fresh.

Marjoram has many good qualities such as it is enriched with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. And, it also plays a vital role against a variety of syndromes such as infections, painful menstruation, and digestive problems.

Marjoram is available in both fresh and dried forms that can be used to make tea. These are available online or in any healthy food store. It consists of a certain quantity of oil which is essential for our face against fungal actions.

Possible substitutes of marjoram

Some of the possible substitutes of marjoram are as follows,


Oregano is one of the major substitutes for marjoram. It is termed as one of the closest alternatives to marjoram. Oregano as a good alternative to marjoram can be used in different recipes such as stews, salads, and soups. Vegan Split pea is a recipe of soup in which we can easily exchange marjoram and oregano. 


Basil leaves are mostly recommended to use either in-ground or dried form. Basil leaves have almost a slight touch of pepper in their taste which is not a perfect match for marjoram because it consists of the taste of citrus notes and sweet pine. 

Basil leaves are mostly recommended to use in stews such as vegan caponata Alla siciliana or maybe in pasta sauces. Basil leaves also make a good combination with sausage soup.

Summer savoury

Summer savoury is another substitute for marjoram which is more known in Canada and is often kept in contrast with sage. In some of the recipes such as hearty roast recipes where summer savoury can be used to flavour and as a tastemaker. Hearty roast recipes include Pork medallions and roast venison. 

But, it is always recommended to use ground or dried summer savoury as a substitute for marjoram. One of the best uses of summer savoury as a replacement for marjoram is in seasoning sausages where summer savoury plays a vital role in making flavours and taste.


Thyme is quite similar to thyme. Thyme is used in the same way as summer savoury. Thyme acts as a 0ne-to-one replacement in stews, casseroles, and roasts. Thyme is also given an amazing taste as a top garnishing agent in swede soup. 

It is also used in those recipes, especially those which consist of a chunk of meat. In these recipes, we can consider bacon-wrapped sausages to have a complete taste and flavour with marjoram and thyme

Lemon thyme

Lemon thyme is a substitute for thyme but it can be used in place of marjoram indirectly. Marjoram can be replaced with lemon thyme in some of the recipes such as the Lebanese lentil soup recipe.  These types of soups require further addition of lemon that makes a perfect pair with a citrus taste.


Tarragon also acts as a good replacement for marjoram especially in French recipes or Mediterranean recipes. But if the tarragon is not available easily in place of marjoram, then further substitutes of tarragon can be used in place of marjoram.


Sage also works as a hand-to-hand replacement of marjoram. Sage further can be replaced with its substitutes, if sage is not available. The substitutes of sage could be rosemary, oregano.

Herbes De Provence

As it is described, marjoram is one of the constituents of the Herbes de Provence mixture. This mixture of Herbes de Provence can be used as a seasoning agent in some of the recipes but you have to be very careful while using it, as it consists of many overwhelming herbs and a great fragrance. 

In some of the recipes, such as the roast vegetable recipe, we can easily use herbes de Provence as an alternative to marjoram.


In this brief article, we have answered the question, “What can I substitute for marjoram?” with an in-depth analysis of the marjoram, its benefits along with uses of marjoram and all possible substitutes of marjoram with its recommended quantity.



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