Cooking with Fresh Herbs: Dill

10 years ago
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It's another installment in my series about Cooking With Fresh Herbs, and this time I'm focusing on dill, something I'm rediscovering in my own garden after forgetting to grow it two years in a row! If your only exposure to dill has been in pickles, now's the perfect time to try it because fresh dill goes well with so many foods that are appealing in hot weather.

Dill is relatively easy to grow, although it grows best where there's plenty of sun. Lots of nurseries will sell dill plants, but it's also easy to start from seeds, and if you let your dill plant go to seed at the end of the summer, the plant will very cooperatively drop the seeds and grow new dill for you in that spot the following year. Wikipedia points out that the dill plant is used three ways in cooking, with the dried leaves being called dill weed, and the seeds called dill seed. Recipes in this collection are for using the thin, delicate leaves which we call fresh dill.

When using fresh dill, discard the thicker parts of the stems, breaking or snipping off the thinner stems with leaves attached. Each spot where you snip some dill from the plant will form two branches, so like most herbs, using the dill often will produce a bushier plant. Now here are some ideas for using dill with fish or seafood, vegetables, soups, baking, and some dill combinations you may have never heard of before.

Dill with Fish and Shellfish:

Closet Cooking ~ Halibut with Lemon, Butter, Caper, and Dill Sauce
Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska ~ Clams with Onions and Dill
Once Upon a Feast ~ Dill Roasted Salmon
Once Upon a Tart ~ Salmon Cake with Dill
What's On My Plate ~ Smoked Salmon and Dill Pesto Pasta
Kitchen Unplugged ~ Homemade Orecchiette with Cannellini, Tuna, and Dill
Just Call Me Suzy ~ Creamy Dill Sauce for Salmon
Viet World Kitchen ~ Salmon Cakes with Dill and Garlic

Asparagus, Potato, and Dill Soup

Dill with Vegetables:

What Did You Eat ~ Asparagus, Potato and Dill Soup
Gluten Free Bay ~ Passover Potato Pancakes with Dill
Almost Turkish Recipes ~ Carrot Salad with Yogurt and Dill
Nami-Nami ~ Raw Beetroot Salad with Dill and Mustard Seeds
Dalitoy ~ Dill Potatoes
Lisa's Kitchen ~ Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Corn and Dill
Greedy Gourmet ~ New Potato and Dill Salad
Coffee and Cornbread ~ Dill and Colby Mashed Cauliflower
Lex Culinaria ~ Feta and Dill Baked Mushrooms
A Veggie Venture ~ Summer Dill Salad

Raw Beetroot Salad with Dill

More Ideas for Dill:

A Wee Bit of Cooking ~ Yogurt Cheese with Dill
Mele Cotte ~ Lemon Dill Rice
Whipped ~ Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Dill, Feta, and Lemon
Once Upon a Tart ~ Dill Mustard Sauce
DK's Culinary Bazaar ~ Dill and Potato Biscuits
Farmgirl Fare ~ Beyond Easy Dill and Cheddar Beer Bread

If you have a favorite recipe using fresh dill, please give us the link or your recipe in the comments, and don't forget to mention what herb you'd like to hear about next.

(So far in the series Cooking with Fresh Herbs we've covered Cilantro, Tarragon, Parsley, Mint, and Dill. You can see all the posts by clicking the tag Cooking With Fresh Herbs.)

BlogHer Food and Drink Contributing Editor Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen where she's been using fresh dill in Tzatziki Sauce, Cucumber and Yogurt Salad, and Salmon Salad.

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