Would you like to know how to dry herbs in the microwave?

Great News: it’s quick, easy and fun!  The microwave preserves colour and flavour like no other method, and in minutes you can have months’ worth of herbs ready to go.

Fresh herbs make a big difference to the flavour of so many foods.  Once you know how to dry herbs in the microwave you’re going to want to try it with every variety you can find. You don’t need a fancy dehydrator, all you need are clean, dry, fresh herbs, some paper, and a microwave.  Lay out the herbs in a single layer on a piece of paper and microwave at full power for anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute and a half, depending on the herb.  Some herbs are mostly water, like cilantro and parsley, and will dry quicker than those that contain additional essential oils, like oregano and sage. 

Column 0 Column 1
Cilantro/Coriander 30 seconds
Sage 75 seconds
Thyme 45 seconds
Marjoram 60 seconds
Basil 40-50 seconds
Parsley 60 seconds
Tarragon 60-70 seconds
Oregano 60 seconds
Rosemary 60 seconds
Mint 60 seconds

1000 watts Microwave

Once your herbs are dried you can crumble them and store in little jars, or small plastic bags.  If they don’t crumble easily then you haven’t haven’t dried them long enough.  They should shatter instantly when you rub them between your fingers.  You can crush them as fine or as coarsely as you like.  Don’t worry about getting bits of stem in the mix.

Instructions

  1. Make sure your herbs are clean and completely DRY.
  2. Working with one herb at a time, lay them out in a single layer on a piece of paper that will fit in your microwave. If possible, remove the leaves from the stems.
  3. Microwave on full power for anywhere from 30 – 90 seconds, depending on your herbs and your particular microwave. (see chart above)
  4. Check the herbs and if they feel crisp they are done, but if they feel soft, microwave them for a few more seconds. Don’t over-do it or they will turn brown and burn.
  5. Let the dried herbs cool down and then crush them with clean hands, and package them in small jars or plastic bags.
  6. Store in a cool dark place and use within 6 months.