The Herb Guide to Cooking


Source: Heiton Buckley

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The Herb Guide To Cooking

As any chef worth their salt knows, the right combination of herbs and spices can make or break a dish. But for cooking novices, using herbs can be scary and confusing.

In this guide, we’ll show you which staple herbs should be on your cupboard shelf, and which ingredients they work well with.


  • White meats, raspberries, strawberries, roast beef, turkey, lamb
  • Stir fry, Italian dishes, pesto, garnishing, tomato sauces
  • Tomatoes, thyme and oregano, fennel and oregano
  • Grapeseed oil, sesame oil, pesto, walnut oil, canola oil, safflower oil


  • Salmon, carrots, cucumber, yoghurt
  • Borscht and other stews, cream and cottage cheese, vegetable salads, pickles
  • Mustard, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, allspice, ginger, bay leaves, chives, mace, parsley
  • Canola oil, sunflower oil


  • Pork, potatoes, peas, chocolate, fruit
  • Frosting, jellies, cakes, pies
  • Ginger, cayenne, cumin, lemon verbena, chamomile
  • Canola oil, safflower oil, walnut oil, coconut oil


  • Beef, chicken, fried fish, pork, roast beef, turkey
  • Tomato sauces, pizza
  • Chilli, bay leaves, marjoram and thyme, fennel and basil
  • Canola oil, safflower oil,
  • Avocado oil


  • Tomatoes, spinach, roast meats, mushrooms, beef, grilled fish, pork, roast beef, turkey, cauliflower, potatoes
  • Add to sauce for subtler taste, poultry stuffing
  • Oregano, thyme, garlic
  • Canola oil, safflower oil, olive oil, corn oil


  • Sweet fruit and veg, sausage, cheese, beef, fried fish, pork, turkey
  • Flavour holds well when cooked for long periods, stuffing, sausage, pork roast, hamburgers
  • Lemon, winter savoury
  • Canola oil, safflower oil, avocado oil


  • Chicken, fried fish, pickles, tomatoes
  • Sauces for meats and vegetables, egg and cheese dishes, green salads
  • Parsley, chervil, chives, fine herbs
  • Canola oil, safflower oil, avocado oil


  • Egg, lamb, grilled fish, roast beef, turkey, pork
  • Bean vegetarian dishes, egg
  • Bay, rosemary, oregano, sweet marjoram, sumac, cilantro
  • Canola oil, safflower oil


  • Beef, chicken, grilled fish, pickles, pork
  • Apple pie, stuffing’s, sausages, green salads, baking
  • Ginger, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg
  • Canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil


  • Fish, chicken, potatoes, vegetables, eggs
  • Pasta dishes, soup
  • Basil and chives, Tarragon
  • Canola oil, safflower oil, Butter

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