Dill weed has a unique flavor that has an earthy and almost grassy essence. It is a very fragrant herb without any heat and adds a great flavor to Middle Eastern and North Afircan dishes. Dill is very popular to see in yogurt sauces, potato salads, and even baked breads and crackers. Dill is also a great herb to use on all types of seafood, and lamb.
Dill Weed Substitutions
We love using dill to add freshness in these Chicken Gyros and this German Cucumber Salad, but if you don’t have dill weed on hand, use one of these dill substitutions instead to give your recipe a similar taste.
Common Dill Weed Recipe and Substitution Questions
Can you Substitute Fresh Dill for Dried Dill?
You can easily substitute fresh dill for dried. Use one tablespoon chopped fresh dill to substitute 1 teaspoon dried dill.
What is the Difference Between Dill and Dill Weed?
Dill weed refers to the leaf and stem of the dill plant whereas dill seed refers to the “seed” which is actually the fruit of the plant. Dill seed generally has a more pungent, slightly bitter flavor compared to dill weed, which has a lighter, more delicate flavor.
What is Dill Pollen?
Dill pollen has a very intense dill flavor. It is much more floral and zesty than dill weed or dill seed. Just a pinch of this powerful herb is needed to create a great dill flavor on vegetables or seafood. Use dill pollen as a finish for dishes because the flavor can be cooked away very quickly.
Can I Substitute Thyme for Dill?
Yes! Thyme can be used in many of the same dishes where you’d use dill - especially stews and sauces.