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How to dry basil

How to Dry Basil

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: Varies


Here’s how to dry basil using a quick and easy method! It’s great for if you’ve got loads of fresh garden basil and want to preserve it. Tip: The best way to preserve basil? Make pesto and freeze it.


  • 1 bunch fresh basil


  1. Wash and dry the basil leaves. Remove them from the stem. Place as many as fit on a single layer between paper towels on a plate.
  2. Microwave on High for 45 seconds.
  3. Remove the plate, spread out the leaves in a single layer. Microwave again for another 30 seconds. 
  4. Microwave again on high for one more 30 second interval. At this point the leaves should be shriveled and mostly dry. If at any point before this the leaves are mostly dry, remove them from the microwave and stop cooking. If they are not yet dried, continue to cook at 10 second intervals until they are. 
  5. Cool completely to allow to become perfectly crisp: the leaves will crisp more as they cool. Then crumble it with your fingers to use in recipes.
  • Category: Spices
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Herbs
  • Diet: Vegan

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