Originating from the Mediterranean; Rosemary is a very sweet-aromatic and evergreen herb. Rosemary belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae, its sibling herbs include basil, lavender, thyme, and oregano. Undoubtedly, This herb is used in a variety of recipes; It not only serves as a taste-enhancer but also due is a great source of iron, vitamin B-6, and calcium. So, the next time you want to include rosemary in your dish and run out of it, Don’t worry! because I have listed below the best Rosemary Substitute that will just give the perfect flavor to your recipe.


Several brands provide Rosemary nowadays that can provide you with great quality herbs; both in dried and fresh states. Rosemary can be used in a fresh leaves format as well as a dried powdered extract. The choice of choosing the nature of the herb depends upon your recipe demands. Due to its vivid medicinal properties; Rosemary power-ups a variety of food recipes. It helps alleviate muscle pain, boost the immune and circulatory systems, and promote hair growth.


Rosemary Substitute

Here is the best Rosemary Substitute that will give you the perfect taste and nutrients as Rosemary;


The best all-around substitute for Rosemary, and my personal favorite is thyme; However, it’s milder in flavor that doesn’t matter if you are using it in the right proportion; you can use both dried and fresh versions of thyme in your recipes. Thyme is popular for its versatility; due to which it can easily replace several herbs.

Tip: As Rosemary, Thyme is also available in dried and fresh formats. Use the alternatives, respectively (for replacing dry rosemary, use the dried Thyme and vice versa) 


Basil, thyme, and oregano belong to the same family as Rosemary. So they are the most ideal substitutes for each other. In addition, all of these herbs are easily available. Use the same portions or fresh and dried oregano to replace fresh and dried Rosemary.



The third in the mint family; Basil is a popular herb amongst the cuisines of the world. It possesses a deep culinary flavor that will add a slightly sweet x-factor to your dish. Similar to oregano and thyme, equal portions are used for dried and fresh Rosemary.


Italian Seasoning

Italian seasoning is a blend of 3 or more herbs and has a denser flavor than Rosemary. about 1/3 tsp of Italian Seasoning can sufficiently substitute 1 teaspoon of Rosemary. So start with a pinch and go on seasoning to taste from there. However, keep in mind that Italian Seasoning is not a universal substitute for Rosemary and can be used only for a few specific dishes.


Dried Savory, Tarragon, Marjoram

Dried tarragon, savory, and marjoram can substitute Rosemary in a 1:1 ratio. They are the best for boosting the flavor of the dishes that have fewer spices added to them. In contrast, tarragon has a robust flavor, and a smaller amount than Rosemary will do the job perfectly. Whereas, Marjoram is a delicate herb with a sweet and bitter flavor and can be used with many meat recipes.

Recipes for Rosemary Substitutes

Try these substitutes in the following recipes, and let me know if they worked as well as Rosemary. These recipes are quick to make, a treat for your tongue, and soul.

Additional Tips  As there are many available substitutes for Rosemary, some recipes can use more specific herbs or combinations to enhance the taste. They can also substitute Rosemary for better results, such as in the recipes that include fish, dill, parsley, or chives can be a perfect replacement for Rosemary. However, if you are cooking beef or egg sage can easily take over Rosemary’s place and will give a nice pop of aroma to your dish, use a combination of peppermint, thyme and bay leaves while cooking lamb, mutton or goat, a combination of sage and thyme will do wonders with chicken and turkey.