What can I substitute for Thyme?

In this short article, we will discuss “what can I substitute for thyme”. Thyme is a herb that adds flavour to food but also it has medicinal and dietary uses. If you are not having thyme for use, then no need to be worried because there are various substitutes mentioned that you could use. 

What can I substitute for Thyme?

As thyme is a herb so the substitutes for thyme are also related to refreshing herbs like oregano, marjoram, and rosemary. 

Thyme is such a herb that adds warm flavour to the meal we cook, also, it is beneficial for health. If you are going to cook something and you need thyme but unfortunately you don’t have thyme near you, then you must be looking for substitutes for thyme. 

So, here are the substitutes that you can use:

  • Oregano
  • Marjoram
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Savoury

Oregano:

If you are looking for a substitute that could give earthy, minty, savoury flavour just like thyme then this is the best substitute for it. You can either use fresh or dried oregano. The use of oregano gives a spicy and unique flavour to the food.

Quantity to use:

  • If you are replacing fresh oregano as a substitute for fresh thyme, then you should use it in equal amounts as thyme.
  • If you are replacing dried oregano with dried thyme, use it in an equal ratio of 1:1. 
  • If you are replacing fresh oregano with dried thyme, then you should use double the amount of oregano
  • If you are replacing dried oregano with fresh thyme, then you should use the half amount of dried oregano.

Marjoram:

Marjoram is also used as a substitute for thyme. It can be used either dried or fresh. It gives a woody, minty flavour to your food just like oregano. Marjoram is used not only for flavour in our foods but also has medicinal properties, and is beneficial for health.

Derivatives of marjoram show anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant features. But using too much marjoram could cause problems. If you are applying fresh marjoram to your skin, it could cause an eye or skin allergy.

Quantity to use:

  • If you are replacing fresh marjoram as a substitute for fresh thyme, then you should use it in equal amounts as thyme.
  • If you are replacing dried marjoram with dried thyme, use it in equal ratio 1:1. 
  • If you are replacing fresh marjoram with dried thyme, then you should use double the amount of marjoram
  • If you are replacing dried marjoram with fresh thyme, then you should use half the amount of dried marjoram.

Parsley:

Parsley herb is also used as a substitute for thyme. It is a bright green that adds a unique colour to the dish. It adds flavour to the food when mixed with marjoram. Using parsley is beneficial because it contains a lot of nutrients. Parsley is rich in antioxidants also.

Using parsley as a substitute in your dish could cause so many health benefits, it supports bone health also.

Rosemary:

When you don’t have thyme on hand then you can use rosemary as a substitute. It is more like a woody herb because when it gets mature it turns into some sort of wood.

Its flavour is quite strong so if you are thinking of using it as a substitute for thyme then use it in less quantity.

Rosemary contains ingredients that help improve the immune system of our body. It is not only rich in nutrients and beneficial for health but also it helps in boosting our mind and improves mental health. As rosemary also has properties that relieve pain, you could use it to massage your body or the part where you are having pain.

Basil:

Basil belongs to the same family from which thyme belongs. So, basil can also be used as a substitute for thyme. It adds flavour and spice to the food. 

Basil is helpful for health because it helps indigestion. It helps in fighting depression. It protects our body from various infections.

Quantity to use:

  • Replace half amount of fresh basil with fresh thyme
  • Replace the same amount of fresh basil with dried thyme
  • Replace the same amount of dried basil with fresh thyme
  • Replace twice the amount of dried basil with dried thyme

Savoury:

Savoury can be used as a substitute for thyme because it gives a unique flavour i-e pepper flavour to your dish. It is a herb that belongs to the mint family. Summer savoury is also used in treating cough, sore throat, and intestinal disorders.

Quantity to use:

  • Replace fresh savoury in equal amounts with fresh thyme (1:1)
  • Replace dried savoury in equal amounts with dried thyme (1:1)
  • Replace the double amount of fresh savoury with dried thyme (2:1)
  • Replace half the amount of dried savoury with fresh thyme.

Conclusion

In this article, various substitutes for thyme are mentioned along with the required quantity to replace them with thyme.

References

https://food52.com/blog/24678-best-thyme-substitutes?__cf_chl_captcha_tk__=pmd_EDzR69IK64qLwsPUX4Z6yiSgFU_iVwPCyTy4GMCbtpY-1634301396-0-gqNtZGzNAvujcnBszQol
https://www.thespicehouse.com/blogs/news/thyme-substitute
https://www.delightedcooking.com/what-is-a-good-substitute-for-thyme.htm

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.