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What do I do with all this cilantro / coriander?

Asked by jaytkay (25810points) June 27th, 2010

The store had no basil seeds the day I planted my little garden, so I have cilantro instead.

And now I realize I don’t use much cilantro. I make salsa every couple of weeks and that’s it.

And I remember why basil is so great – I love it in salads and on tomatoes and – the key to this question – I can always freeze pesto if there’s an over-abundance of basil.

So what to do with a cilantro surplus?

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laureth's avatar

I’ve heard of a cilantro-based pesto. Some people really like it. Recipe.

janbb's avatar

Gucamole and pico de gallo use up a lot of cilantro. There are also Indian chutneys or sauces that make use of cilantro and these could be frozen or canned. Chicken or fish with a cilantro sauce is also nice. Or you could just smell it which is lovely (as is basil.)

SamIAm's avatar

You can make a number of mexican dishes and add the cilantro or a mango, tomato, red onion, cilantro, evoo, s+p salsa, soups… idk about freezing though!

unused_bagels's avatar

I agree with @janbb and @Samantha Rae . Lots of mexican food uses cilantro.

jaytkay's avatar

@Samantha_Rae Or you could just smell it which is lovely

I’ve been doing that! I pat my hands on the cilantro when I happen be outside and enjoy smelling like cilantro. I have dill, too, that’s wonderful.

janbb's avatar

This recipe for Green Chutney uses a lot of coriander and can be frozen.

JLeslie's avatar

Blah. Cilantro tastes like dish soap to me. But, alas, I am married to a Mexican who loves it. Salsa of course. Pico de gallo, which is chopped tomatoes, onion, serano or jalepanos, little lime, salt, and cilantro. Soft tacos with shredded pork or chunks of pork with cilantro. Salsa Verde, which is tomatillos, serano pepper and cilantro in a blender. I guess you could add it to chili? Give a bunch away, and/or trade it for other herbs and veggies with your neigbors who have too much of something else.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Pluck fresh leaves for salads.
Mince the leaves to sprinkle into vegie soups, atop curries and stirred into salsas you can freeze.
Dry the cilantro and then freeze to use year round when fresh isn’t available or gets pricey.

One of my favorite soups is a clear vegie broth with cubed potatoes, celery, bell peppers, carrots, crushed black pepper and cilantro leaves.

jaytkay's avatar

@JLeslie Blah. Cilantro tastes like dish soap to me.

You and Julia Child. Apparently we like it or not, it’s not our choice.

Cilantro Haters, It’s Not Your Fault

JLeslie's avatar

@jaytkay Huh, I had no idea. I didn’t realize other people besides my exboyfriends sister-in-law and I described it as dish soap. She was the first one to say that to me (25 years ago) and when she did I thought—perfect description.

jaytkay's avatar


Extra points for chiming in even though you don’t like cilantro! Your second comment lets me give you another Great Answer. High five!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Cilantro is a leaf some taste as sweet and others bitter, it’s okay to forgive the haters ;p

Andreas's avatar

@jaytkay Interesting article. Thank you. It reminds me of when I was about nine and ate my first olive, except I didn’t eat it but spat it out with much disdain. My great-aunt said one day I would like olives because they’re an acquired taste. Now I can eat them by the plateful and enjoy every one. As the article discussed, this probably gives an explanation for my olive experience.

janbb's avatar

@marinelife doesn’t care fo it either. I nearly lost all respect for her when I learned that. :-)

lilikoi's avatar

Cilantro is often used in Mexican dishes.

Also can be used to season fish. Lime cilantro mint olive oil garlic crushed black pepper cayenne pepper a bit ‘o Old Bay maybe…

I think also used in spring rolls, some Chinese dishes (cashew chicken?), Thai dishes, curries, Pho and other Vietnamese dishes. Couscous.

Can be used in soups, stews, and chili. Pair with meat and mint or lime.

Seeds are called coriander and can be used in Indian dishes, Moroccon, maybe Middle Eastern and Meditteranean dishes too not sure.

Someone made ‘cilantro sugar’ strawberries… I’d try them :P Lime cilantro sorbet would be interesting.

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