Best Dill Substitute

Don’t have dill, or realized you’re all out while you’re cooking? Here’s the best substitute for dried and fresh dill to use in recipes.

Dill Substitute

Making a recipe that calls for dill and don’t have it? Dill is a beautiful herb that has a unique flavor: it’s herby and fresh, with licorice or anise undertones. Don’t have time to shop for it or can’t find it? Or cooking and just realized you don’t have it? Here are some substitute ideas.

Keep in mind: dill is hard to replace

If you’re cooking something that features dill like yogurt dill sauce, here’s our advice. Try to find the real thing if at all possible! Dill is not like some ingredients that have obvious substitutes. Dill is also a signature ingredient in recipes like dill pickles and ranch dressing, and is hard to replace. It’s worth waiting for when you’re able to find it. But if you must: keep reading for the best substitutes.

Best dill substitute

1. Fresh or dried tarragon

The best substitute for dill? Tarragon. Tarragon has a similar licorice or anise finish to the flavor. You can use equal amounts of fresh tarragon or dried tarragon to substitute for fresh dill or dried dill.

2. Fresh fennel fronds (for fresh dill only)

The next best substitute for fresh dill? Fresh fennel fronds. Fennel fronds look just like fresh dill! The flavor comparison is not exact, but it also has a bit of licorice flavor on the finish.

3. Use dried dill for fresh (or vice versa).

Of course if you happen to have fresh dill and need dried, or dried dill and need fresh, it’s easy to make the substitute! Here’s the substitution ratio for substituting fresh and dried herbs:

  • Ratio: 1 tablespoon fresh dill = 1 teaspoon dried dill. This substitution ratio works for any dried herbs.

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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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