12 Best Basil Recipes

Growing fresh basil in your garden or in pots? Here are our top basil recipes for using that peppery herb that puts any dish over the top!

Basil recipes

Fresh green leaves of peppery basil are one of our favorite things about summer! There’s nothing that evokes the carefree days of summer more (except, maybe peaches!). Adding fresh basil brings an herbaceous hint to any recipe that’s irresistible. Basil is can be used in both traditional and unique ways: from classic Margherita Pizza and Basil Pesto to interesting spins like Peach Crisp with Basil or Basil Strawberry Popsicles. Here are some of our very favorite basil recipes: and a little on how to grow this popular herb!

How to grow basil

But before our basil recipes, a few tips on how to grow basil at home! Growing your own basil is much cheaper and easier than buying it from the store. How to grow basil at home? can plant it either in a raised bed garden or in pots on a sunny ledge. We recommend buying a start plant at your local farmers market or garden store. Then plant it in a pot with plenty of drainage (or your garden) — and make sure to prune it regularly by removing branches back to the first set of 2 leaves. Pruning the plant makes it grow large and bushy! For more on how to grow basil, see our posts How to Grow Basil and How to Harvest Basil.

How to store fresh basil

Another great tip on basil is how to store fresh basil! Storing fresh cut basil inside can be difficult, because cut basil wilts within a few hours. Alex and I have a found a great way to store branches of cut basil. Find a large ball jar and add a bit of water in the bottom: then place the basil stems in cut side down and cover with a lid. Store in the refrigerator and it will last for 4 to 5 days, instead of just hours on the counter! For more, see How to Store Fresh Basil.

And now, our top basil recipes!

Basil Recipes

Growing fresh basil in your garden or in pots? Here are our top basil recipes for using that peppery herb that puts any dish over the top!

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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