Substitutes for Dill Weed and Dill Seed

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Working on a recipe that calls for dill weed or dill seed? If you don't have any on hand, or you only have dried, when the recipe calls for fresh (or vice versa), there are other things that you can use in its place. Here's how to make a successful substitution.


  •  Tarragon, other forms of dill, celery seed or caraway seed


Dill Weed Substitutes (also referred to as dill leaves)

Dill weed is the bright green, feathery fronds of the dill plant. It's highly aromatic, and tastes of caraway or anise, with a bit of citrus thrown in. When dill is being used to flavor a recipe (as it is in pickles, soups and sauces), use tarragon in its place. To make the proper substitution, use an equal amount of fresh tarragon for fresh dill, or dried tarragon for dried dill.

You can also use dried tarragon as a stand in for fresh dill weed, but you'll need to adjust the quantities. Use one teaspoon of dried for every tablespoon of fresh dill called for.

Looking for a substitute because you have dried dill, when your recipe calls for fresh, or fresh when your recipe calls for dried? Then, the perfect substitute is within reach.


1 Tablespoon fresh dill weed for every teaspoon of dried dill called for

1 teaspoon of dried dill for every tablespoon of fresh dill called for

If dill weed is being used as a garnish for a dish, use fennel fronds instead. They look very similar. Fresh parsley can also be used as a garnish. It looks a bit different, but will still add that pop of green.

Dill Seed Substitutes

Dill seeds taste similar to dill weed, but they have a slightly bitter edge to them. They appear frequently in pickle, bread, salad dressing and soup recipes. While you might be tempted to use dill weed as a substitute for dill seeds, you'll get better results, if you use caraway seeds or celery seeds in their place.

Replace them measure for measure, and you should come close to the intended flavor.

Grow Dill in Your Garden

Dill is incredibly easy to grow, so consider adding it to your garden. It's an annual, but it reseeds readily. Just allow some of the flowers to go to seed at the end of the season, and it should come up again the next year.

The flowers, stems, leaves and seeds are all edible. Enjoy it fresh, while it's in season. Then, dry or freeze your extras, so you'll have a stash to draw from while it's out of season.

Interested in starting an herb garden? Here are some other herbs that are easy to grow.

Try This:

This ranch dressing recipe makes excellent use of fresh or dried dill. Be sure to try it the next time you have dill.

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