Bright, citrusy, and a little bit grassy, fresh cilantro is one of the most popular herbs in the world. This tart and refreshing herb is popular all over the globe, and a staple in Mexican, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cooking. It’s one of our favorite herbs to cook with or use as a garnish because it adds a bright, refreshing, and zesty flavor to every dish. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know how to store cilantro. Here’s everything you need to know about this lemony herb, including some of our favorite recipes.
Table of Contents
- How to Store Cilantro
- How To Keep Cilantro Fresh For Longer
- Can You Freeze Cilantro?
- What Does Cilantro Taste Like?
- Is Cilantro Good For You?
- Are Cilantro and Parsley Different?
- What’s the Difference Between Cilantro and Coriander?
- How to Chop Cilantro
- Can You Eat Cilantro Stems?
- 8 Easy Recipes With Cilantro in Them
- More Recipes to Try
How to Store Cilantro
Most people store cilantro in the plastic produce bag that it comes in when you buy it at the store. But if you do that, your cilantro will go bad in just a few days. We tested 5 different methods to find the best way to keep cilantro fresh. Three methods made the cut as our preferred methods.
The first method is to store your fresh cilantro wrapped in paper towels in a ziplock bag with all the excess air removed. This is good method to choose if you are going to use your cilantro in the next 5 days and are limited on space.
How To Keep Cilantro Fresh For Longer
With this method, pretend that your cilantro is a fresh bouquet of flowers. Trim the stems a little bit, then place the herbs in a glass of fresh water and lightly cover the cilantro with a plastic bag. Put the glass in the fridge, changing the water every 2 to 3 days, and your cilantro will last a little over a week, easy!
The third method, freezing the cilantro, is recommend for those needing to store the cilantro for well over a week, or up to a few months.
Can You Freeze Cilantro?
Cilantro is a great ingredient to freeze if you want to have fresh herbs all year long. All you have to do is remove the stems, chop the leaves to your desired size, and place them in an ice cub tray. Fill each tray with water or olive oil. Put the tray in the freezer until frozen, then remove the cubes and put them in an airtight bag. You can then use the frozen herbs at any time, or thaw them at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Once thawed, the cilantro will not be beautiful enough to use for a garnish, but it will still be light green in color and fresh. Frozen and then thawed cilantro is great in soups, sauces and dishes you would want to add fresh cilantro too. You can also put these refreshing, citrusy herb cubes directly in any recipe for a burst of herbaceous flavor.
What Does Cilantro Taste Like?
Cilantro is very fresh tasting, a little grassy, and quite citrusy. It has a bright and refreshing flavor that’s also a little bit earthy and has a slight lemon flavor to it. Cilantro also tastes a bit nutty, and people who dislike the herb say that it tastes like soap.
Is Cilantro Good For You?
Cilantro has a few important vitamins and minerals, including a decent amount of vitamins A, C, and K. There have also been some studies that suggest a link between cilantro and the prevention of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other cognitive diseases.
Are Cilantro and Parsley Different?
It’s easy to confuse cilantro with parsley when you’re at the grocery store, because they look very similar, and they are from the same family. But cilantro and parsley have very different flavors, with parsley being more earthy, peppery, and savory.
What’s the Difference Between Cilantro and Coriander?
Cilantro and coriander are technically the same thing, but there’s an important distinction if you live in America. At American grocery stores, cilantro refers to the fresh herb, while coriander refers to the dried seeds, which are sold whole or ground in the spice aisle. In Europe, however, they simply refer to fresh cilantro as coriander, and the dried seeds as coriander seeds.
How to Chop Cilantro
It’s very easy to chop cilantro. Unlike some herbs, cilantro isn’t damaged by being cut. So you can simply chop it or mince it like it’s any other ingredient, until it’s the size that you want to use.
Can You Eat Cilantro Stems?
Cilantro stems are completely edible, and many people eat them. They have even more flavor than the leaves, but the texture is much harder. We like to use the stems when we’re blending or pureeing cilantro, but not if we’re using the herb as a garnish.
8 Easy Recipes With Cilantro in Them
A little bit of cilantro can add so much brightness and tangy flavor to a dish. Here are a few simple but delicious recipes that feature this popular, affordable, and citrusy herb.
Cilantro Lime Rice
Salsa Verde Chicken Soup
Pico De Gallo
Cilantro Lime Crema
Pulled Pork Nachos
Korean Rice Bowls With Mango Slaw
Fresh Corn Salsa
Mexican Corn Salad
More Recipes to Try
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