This ratio works for herbs that have been dried and then flaked into small pieces. Plan on using less, ideally at a ratio of 1 part dried herbs to 1 1/2 parts fresh herbs. So if the recipe calls for three teaspoons of fresh rosemary, I would then use one teaspoon of dried rosemary. Fresh VS Dried Herbs; Dried herbs are about 3 times more potent than fresh herbs. For example, if your recipe calls for 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh oregano, use 1 tablespoon of dried oregano. Dried herbs will always have a more concentrated flavor than fresh herbs. Trim the end of the stems and put the bundle in a glass filled with water. Soft herbs are like a bouquet of flowers. Quantity: If a recipe requires one teaspoon of fresh rosemary leaves, make sure to substitute it with one tablespoon of the dried herb because, 1 tablepoon = 3 teaspoons. ; The longer dried herbs sit on your shelf, the less potent they become. Thus, we should look into ways to extend the life of these fresh herbs. How to Store Herbs. Now we know – to substitute fresh soft herbs with dried is NOT a good option. A common criticism of dried herbs was that they had lost many of the subtleties and nuances of fresh herbs, tasting “dusty” and “stale.” Meanwhile, fresh herbs tasted “clean” and “bright.” Still, there were a few instances in which some dried herbs, though not preferred, were a passable substitute. Fresh rosemary is more pungent than the dry one and used three times lesser. Dried herbs are still good for quite some time but their flavor and aroma will dissipate over time. How to Substitute Fresh vs Dried Herbs. The rule of thumb that I use is that for every one part fresh herb called for I use a third part of the dried herb. While it won’t have quite the same appearance and texture, you can get a very similar taste by replacing the fresh herbs for the dried ones in your spice rack. If a recipe calls for fresh herbs, but you don’t have any on hand, you CAN substitute dried herbs. This means that dried herbs are more concentrated in flavor than fresh, so when you’re figuring out how to substitute one for the other, the 3:1 ratio is preferred: 1 tablespoon fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon dried herbs.