How to Replace Oregano

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Oregano is a green herb with a pungent smell and sharp taste. It is one of the herbs used in the spice mixture herbes de Provence and is frequently sprinkled on top of pizza to give it a sharper, more interesting flavor. This is a good herb to have in the kitchen if you want to give your food a sharper taste, but if you have just run out, there are options for replacing oregano in a recipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Dried thyme or basil
  • Measuring spoon
  • Marjoram

Thyme or Basil

  • Look at the recipe and check how much dried oregano is necessary.

  • Scoop out an amount of dried thyme or dried basil that is equal to the amount called for, using a measuring spoon.

  • Add the thyme or basil to the recipe exactly as you would use the oregano. These herbs have a similar bite as oregano.

Marjoram

  • Look at the recipe and check how much dried oregano is necessary.

  • Multiply that amount by 1.5.

  • Scoop out an amount of marjoram equivalent to the amount you found in Step 2, using a measuring spoon.

  • Add the marjoram to the recipe exactly as you would the oregano. Marjoram is milder and sweeter than oregano, so you need to use more of it.

Tips & Warnings

  • When the recipe calls for fresh oregano, substitute dried oregano. For every tablespoon of fresh oregano called for, use one teaspoon of dried oregano.

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