10 Unusual Options for  Thyme Substitute

Most often used in dishes to bring flavor to sauces, stocks, meat, vegetables, and even bread, there is very little that thyme cannot be used for! 

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10 thyme substitutes

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With its blend of thyme and many of its complementary herbs, Italian seasoning is the best substitute you could use in a dish, lending a symphony of flavors to any meal.

1. Italian seasoning

Za’atar is a fragrant condiment made from a combination of thyme, marjoram, sumac, oregano, and sesame seeds. In addition to the herbs and spices, za’atar also contains salt.

2. Za'atar

Herbs de Provence contains rosemary, fennel seeds, parsley, thyme, dried basil, marjoram, bay leaf, tarragon, savory and lavender florets, making it an excellent thyme substitute.

3. Herbes de Provence

Tarragon is ever-ready to ease the stress of running out of thyme! It is suited for dishes involving poultry and fish, complementing their flavors in a most divine manner. 

4. Tarragon

Marjoram is a member of the same mint family of herbs, with its intricately soft, sweet flavor. Parsley offers the perfect balance to neutralize the sweet taste of marjoram.

5. Marjoram and parsley

Oregano ticks most of the boxes when it comes to flavors of thyme. Its complex flavor is deeply earthy, slightly minty and bitter, with a hint of lemony spice.

6. Oregano

Summer savory is the perfect addition to roasted meats, seafood and warm stews. If your recipe calls for fresh thyme, use equal parts of fresh summer savory.

7. Summer savory

Hailing from the same family of herbs as thyme, this bright, licorice-flavored herb can be used in a spectrum of dishes, from hearty soups to delicately roasted quail.

8. Basil

This specialist-blend of herbs is an obvious swap for thyme when you are cooking a dish involving poultry, whether it is a light chicken broth or a festive roast chicken.

9. Poultry seasoning

You can use any blend of herbs and spices which you find lying around in the back of your pantry as a thyme substitute. Oftentimes, these blends and mixes include thyme.

10. Dried herb and spice blends

There are hundreds of different herbs, all unique in their aromas and flavors, make a herb-bucket list of everything you want to try and make a real adventure from the comfort of your kitchen!

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