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Are you sure you know what herbs go with particular foods?

There can arise many dilemmas while cooking certain foods as to what spices and herbs would enhance the flavour of a particular dish. Even experienced cooks have trouble at times when trying to diversify the daily menu. The secret is, of course, the seasoning. The repertoire is alarmingly wide, so we will try to help a little.

Are you sure you know what herbs go with particular foods?


Bean soup: garlic, thyme
Pea soup: thyme, rosemary, tarragon
Consommé: black pepper, garlic, ginger, parsnip, parsley, red pepper, saffron, nutmeg
Mushroom soup: savory, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, tarragon
Goulash: bay leaves, black pepper, garlic, cumin, red pepper
Fruit soups: lemon, cinnamon, orange, rhubarb, clove, vanilla
Chowder: bay leaves, lemon, black pepper, garlic, thyme, parsley, red pepper, rosemary, saffron, cloves
Potato soup: marjoram, rosemary, nutmeg
Tomato soup: garlic, thyme, marjoram, rosemary
Chicken soup: black pepper, garlic, ginger, red pepper, saffron, nutmeg
Vegetable soup: basil, savory, thyme, lovage, marjoram, parsley, nutmeg, tarragon

Meats, fish, poultry

Lamb, mutton: savory, curry, chili, black pepper, garlic, dill, caraway, marjoram, parsley, red pepper, rosemary, allspice, tarragon, sage
Fish: bay leaves, basil, black pepper, savory, lemon balm, mugwort, dill, thyme, lovage, rosemary, tarragon, chervil, sage
Fried fish: garlic, thyme, dill, parsley, rosemary
Beef: bay leaves, juniper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, curry and chili seasoning, garlic, thyme, dill, caraway, lovage, marjoram, parsley, red pepper, rosemary, oregano, green pepper, watercress
Roasted pig: bay leaves, cayenne pepper, curry powder, fennel, black pepper, garlic, thyme, caraway, lovage, marjoram, parsley, red pepper, rosemary, tarragon, sage
Poultry: basil, savory, curry, black pepper, garlic, thyme, dill, coriander, caraway, marjoram, mint, red pepper, rosemary, tarragon, sage
Game: thyme, cilantro, rosemary, clove, nutmeg, tarragon, sage

Are you sure you know what herbs go with particular foods?

Vegetable dishes

Beans: bay leaves, basil, savory, ginger, garlic, dill, marjoram, parsley, red pepper, tarragon
Peas: Tarragon
Potatoes: bay leaves, pepper, ginger, marjoram, paprika, tarragon
Fresh cabbage: pepper, savory, thyme, cumin, red pepper
Kale: pepper, garlic, caraway, marjoram, paprika
Sauerkraut: basil, dill, red pepper
Lens: bay leaves, savory, lemon, garlic, red pepper
Pumpkin: ginger, dill, red pepper


Potato salad: black pepper, parsley, tarragon, celery, onion
Beet salad: savory, lemon balm, capers, cumin, horseradish
Fruit salad: lemon, cinnamon, orange peel, rhubarb, clove, vanilla
Corn salad: white pepper, parsley, onion
Tomato salad: basil, rosemary, onion
Green bean salad: savory, lemon balm, tarragon
Cucumber: basil, white pepper, garlic, dill, thyme, tarragon


Egg dishes: basil, cayenne pepper, dill, capers, marjoram, chives, cress
Cabbage dishes: basil, bay leaves, cumin, peppercorns
Rice Dishes: curry mix, ginger, saffron
Mixed vegetable dishes: garlic, ginger, dill, caraway, marjoram, chives, tarragon
Pizzas: basil, garlic, thyme, marjoram, oregano, paprika
Mixed salads: basil, dill, cilantro, chives, paprika, tarragon, watercress