what can i use instead of thyme


In this brief guide, we will address the query, “What can I use instead of thyme?” and answer other related questions like “What are the best substitute herbs that can replace thyme?”


What can I use instead of thyme? 


‘You can use many different herbs for substituting thyme’. Thyme goes very well with various recipes, however, if you don’t have it you can substitute it with different types of herbs such as oregano, marjoram,  Italian seasoning, tarragon, basil, rosemary, parsley, savory, and za’atar.

Oregano


Oregano is one of the best substitute herbs for thyme since it has a similar minty, pungent flavor and texture that can make any dish taste and smell aromatic, and fresh. 


It is rich in antioxidants and is a good source of vitamin K and vitamin E.


Oregano goes well, especially with pizza, pasta, stews, tomato recipes, and sauces and bread. 


You can use half a teaspoon of oregano for every 1 teaspoon of thyme. 

Marjoram


Marjoram is a herb that is good for substituting thyme since it has a mild flavor similar to thyme but it isn’t a very popular herb. 


Marjoram contains antioxidants, and may also help maintain digestive health. 

It can be used for savory recipes such as salads, meat, stews, and soup.

You can use marjoram at a 1:1 ratio for substituting thyme. 

Italian seasoning


Italian seasoning is a great substitute herb for thyme since it is a mixture of many different herbs such as oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, marjoram, red pepper flakes.

Italian seasoning also contains antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory.


It can be used for savory recipes such as pasta, salads, stews, soup, sauces.


You can use Italian seasoning at a 1:1 ratio for substituting thyme.

Tarragon 


Tarragon is a good substitute herb for thyme since it has a pungent, minty flavor that can be used both fresh or dried.

Tarragon is rich in vitamin A and is also used as a medicinal herb but should be used carefully.

It can be used for savory recipes such as eggs, sauces and meat, and stews.


You can use tarragon at a 1:1 ratio for substituting thyme. 

Basil

Basil is a good substitute herb for thyme since it has a similar minty, mellow flavor.

We would suggest you use fresh basil while substituting it for thyme.

Basil contains vitamin A and vitamin C, zinc, and calcium. 

It can be used for savory recipes like pizza, sauces, tomato dishes, and salads. 


You can use basil at a 1:1 ratio for substituting thyme. 

Rosemary

Rosemary is another good substitute for thyme since it has a fresh, pungent herb flavor and can give an aromatic touch to any recipe but should be used in a small amount because it has a strong flavor.

Rosemary is rich in antioxidants, and may also help control blood sugar levels. 


It can be used for savory recipes such as roasted potatoes and meat, sauces, and tomato dishes. 


For every 1 teaspoon of thyme, use half a teaspoon of rosemary. 

Parsley 


Parsley is a good substitute herb for thyme since it has a similar fresh, mild minty flavor that can be used both dried and fresh. 

Parsley is rich in many vitamins and minerals.

Parsley can be used in various recipes such as pasta, sauces, pesto, stews, salads, roasted potatoes. 


You can use parsley at a 1:1 ratio for substituting thyme. 

Savory 


Savory isn’t a very popular herb but is a good substitute for thyme since it has a similar peppery, minty flavor. 


It can be used for savory recipes like salads, pasta, sauces, pizza. 

You can use savory at a 1:1 ratio for substituting thyme. 

Za’atar 


Za’atar is a mixture of different herbs, it can be a good substitute for thyme since it has a pungent flavor which can go well with a lot of recipes. 


It can be used for savory recipes like salads, roasted meat, dips, bread, sauces, etcetera. 

You can use half a teaspoon of za’atar for every 1 teaspoon of thyme. 

What is thyme? 


Thyme is a herb that has a very fresh, minty and aromatic flavor, it is easy to grow in your home garden. Thyme can be used both fresh and dried. Dried thyme has a stronger taste than fresh.

Thyme contains vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and iron.

It is mostly used fresh as a garnish for savory dishes though it also works well with sweet dishes by adding a mellow flavor.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “What can I use instead of thyme?” and answered other related questions like “What are the best substitute herbs that can replace thyme?”

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