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How to figure out fresh spices, when the recipe calls for dired spices


Meat Mopper
Joined Sep 16, 2010
I have been wanting to start using more fresh spices in my recipes, rather than using dried spices. I was wondering if anyone knew of a website or some other type of way that helps to figure out how to convert the mesuarment from dried spices to fresh spices. 

For example, say a recipe called for 1 Tablespoon of dried basil, but instead you want to use fresh Basil instead, but not sure how much Fresh Basil to put in to replace the Dried Basil?

smoke 2 geaux

Smoking Fanatic
Joined Mar 18, 2010
Fresh herbs are less potent than dried herbs.  When you dry them out, it concentrates the flavors.  The problem is, I wouldn't begin to know how to tell you what the ratio might be.  I don't measure anything when I cook.  If I were going to try and wing it, I would probably multiply X1.5 for fresh herbs.  But, that's just a guess. 


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Aug 1, 2008
Likewise I have always heard 3:1.  That can vary depending on the spice and the "freshness" or age of your dried spices.  3:1 is a good starting place, but your taste will be the final factor.

Good luck and good smoking!


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Joined Apr 2, 2009
Actually, I never heard of the 3 to 1 but it makes perfect sense. Very interesting.


Master of the Pit
Joined Feb 10, 2009
There is 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon.  When you have a recipe that calls for 1 teaspoon of dry herbs and you want to use fresh herbs you will need 1 tablespoon to equal the dry that the recipe calls for. Dry herbs are way more powerful than fresh so you need to add more.The 3tea.=1 tablespoon is just how many teas it takes to equal a tablespoon.


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Joined Jun 22, 2009
Good to know. I always thought it was 2 to 1.


Smoke Blower
Joined Jan 29, 2012
The way I do any thing is just guesstimate. And taste test well mixing if possible. No one can really say how much so and so you need every ones taste is different.

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