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How to Freeze Herbs

Learn how to freeze herbs for later and use them in your favorite recipes! With this step-by-step tutorial, you'll be able to avoid extra food waste by easily freezing fresh herbs in an ice cube tray. Perfect for flavoring pasta, chicken, one pan meal and more.

Course How to
Keyword how to freeze herbs, how to freeze herbs in oil
Prep Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 small bunch of each: cilantro, basil, parsley, chives, rosemary & thyme
  • Olive oil, to fill an ice cube tray


  1. Wash all of your fresh herbs and pat them dry with a towel.
  2. Chop your herbs to the size that you’d like to use when you’re cooking them later.
  3. Add your chopped herbs to individual sections of a silicone ice cube tray about ⅔ of the way full.
  4. Pour olive or avocado oil into each section of the ice cube tray. Be careful not to overfill. Carefully press the herbs down so that the oil covers them completely.
  5. Freeze the entire ice cube tray for at least 3 hours until ice cubes form. Then, transfer herb ice cubes to a reusable, freezer-friendly bag.
  6. When ready to use, place one of the herb ice cubes in a heated pan and make your recipe as you normally would after adding oil and fresh herbs.