Herb and Spice Substitution Chart {FREE printable!}

My pantry is pretty well-stocked with herbs and spices, but there are just some that I never keep on hand–like marjoram or savory. But because I know of common herb and spice substitutions, I can still make just about any recipe that calls for even the spices I do not have on hand.

So…I decided to make this handy little printable chart for you to use as well! Click on the chart to pull up the FREE printable!

Do you ever use herb and spice substitutions in your recipes?



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  1. says

    I make my own spice blends for Italian seasonings, apple pie seasoning, pumpkin pie seasoning and others. Also, I have studied spices so I know which spices are recommended for different meats etc. Also, I use the song lyrics “sage, rosemary and thyme” to remind me of spices for dressing etc. . I also study herbs and spices recognized for health benefits.
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  2. Kathy says

    So funny you should send this out today! Perfect timing. I’m making stew for our super snowy day & I didn’t realize I was all but out of oregano… subbed half with basil & there ya go! ‘Cause there’s NO WAY I’m trudging out in our newly fallen foot of snow just to get oregano.

  3. says

    I’m always blown away that people buy pre-mixed seasonings. Seriously, who actually buys taco spice?! lol Common sense and you get to choose exactly how you want it to taste, and not how “this is how its meant to taste and any variation is wrong”. lol

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  5. Deidra says

    while I love the helpful hints and a lot of theses substitutes would work I would have to disagree with a couple. A few I personnel believe that their flavors are just too unique.
    One being cilantro I’m a lover of this herb and have not yet found a suitable replacement for it AT ALL. all parsley would replace is the color
    Ginger, cumin and basil also I haven’t found anything suitable to replace them. Of course this is personnel opinion and still enjoyed and found this helpful
    But I’m also thinking you may have meant substitute as in using these usual taste good in same dishes as the herb unavailable
    To new cooks they should know

    Either way thank you. Re pinned a bunch of your recipes


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