How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

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I love using fresh herbs in my recipes.  But sometimes it’s just not easy or practical to have them on hand when you want them.  I use cilantro, garlic and basil a lot for salsa, homemade pizza and pastas.  So to be able to quickly grab fresh herbs when I want them I freeze fresh herbs in olive oil.

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Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

Let me share with you how I do it.

Chop up your fresh herbs.  I went with basil, garlic and cilantro… ones I use all the time!

Chopped fresh herbs for your ice cube tray

Fill your ice cube trays with your fresh, chopped herbs.  Place about 1 tablespoon in each ice cube tray section.

Adding the olive oil to your fresh herbs in your ice cube trays

Add your favorite olive oil, filling to almost the top of each section.

Placing fresh herbs in an ice cube tray

Gently press the herbs into each section.

Once filled, place your ice cube tray into the freezer.  The fresh herbs will freeze up in about 4-6 hours.

Frozen fresh cilantro in olive oil

Once frozen you can pop out your frozen fresh herbs.

Frozen basil, garlic and cilantro in olive oil

Perfect to grab out of your freezer and pop into your next recipe.

Frozen Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

I pop mine out and then store them in a freezer safe bag in the freezer until I need them.

It is so handy to have your herbs ready.  I can chop up a few bunches at a time and then freeze and have them ready for when I need one for a dinner recipe.

I love having fresh herbs in my home too.  Like my idea below… but certain times of the year they don’t grow as much and having some in the freezer is a huge time saver.

Hanging Herb Mason Jars

Hanging Herb Mason Jars

How to Freeze Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil | Quick and Easy way to have fresh herbs on hand




  1. Hi! I’ve never tried this so was wondering how to use these frozen herb cubes in a recipe calling for fresh ….basil, let’s say? Do you thaw the cube and drain the oil? Thanks.

    1. Lori, this won’t work for any recipe. But it’s great is pasta recipes…. I use it for my salsa with the frozen cilantro, etc. If it’s calling for fresh basil, like on top of the dish, this won’t work.

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