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Can You Freeze Coriander?

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Coriander (also known as cilantro) brings a delightful zing to hundreds of Thai, Mexican, and Indian-inspired dishes. It only takes a few leaves for maximum flavour, but it’s frequently bought in a large bunch. Which probably has you wondering, “Can you freeze fresh coriander?”

Can You Freeze Coriander?

Yes, you can freeze coriander for up to 4 months. The simple way to freeze it is to place it into a bag and then seal it up. You can also freeze coriander into ice cubes with some oil and other herbs or spices. (**Full Instructions Below – Whole, Chopped, Etc**)

Does Coriander Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze Coriander? No

How to Freeze Coriander

Full screen photo of coriander leaves on the plant

If you are pushed for time, this is the initial approach you should take to freeze coriander. It’s not the best way to go about it, but it will be the quickest approach to take.

It’s also worth noting that coriander leaves and cilantro are the same things. Cilantro is the term used for coriander leaves in the US so the method below can be used for freezing coriander and for freezing cilantro:

How to Freeze Fresh Coriander (Whole)

  1. Clean It
    Start by making sure you’ve cleaned the coriander and removed any dodgy-looking leaves. Yellow leaves won’t improve in the freezer….so remove any you see.
Fresh coriander leaves and stalks being cleaned by a woman's hands in a glass bowl filled with water
  1. Dry It
    Once cleaned, use a papertowel to gently press the coriander dry.
  2. Bag it Up
    Place the clean, dry coriander into a labeled freezer-safe bag. Remove as much of the air as possible to prevent freezer burn.
A woman's hands pushing cleaned coriander stems and leaves into a clear freezer bag

4. Freeze It
Place your labeled bag into the freezer.

A woman's hands sealing up a freezer bag filled with coriander leaves and stalks

If you need to get your coriander frozen quick, then this is the ultimate route to take but it might not be the best approach to follow. Instead, try the approach outlined below:

How to Freeze Chopped Coriander (in Ice Cube Trays)

If you have a little more time on your hands and want to freeze it in the best possible way, then this is the approach you ought to take:

  1. Clean and Chop It
    Make sure you have cleaned your coriander and picked out any of the dodgy-looking (yellow) leaves. Trim the stalks from the leaves as you only want to freeze the leaves with this method and chop them up.
A woman's hand finely dicing fresh coriander on a wooden chopping board
  1. Add Coriander to Tray
    Place the leaves into the slots of an ice cube tray. You want to fill each slot up around two-thirds of the way. Don’t be afraid of adding other herbs if desired.
A woman's hand sprinkling fresh chopped coriander leaves into the slots of a white ice cube tray
  1. Cover in Oil or Butter
    Pour olive oil, melted butter or even just water into the slots of the tray until the coriander is completely submerged in the liquid. Wrap the tray in cling film.
A white ice cube tray with coriander leaves and melted butter filling each slot
  1. Initial Freeze
    Place the ice cube tray into the freezer and allow the cubes to freeze solid. Try to keep the tray level during this stage of the freezing process.
Frozen cubes in an ice cube tray containing frozen coriander and butter
  1. Final Freeze
    After several hours (or overnight), the cubes should be frozen solid. Remove the tray from the freezer, pop the frozen coriander cubes out and place them into a freezer-safe bag before returning it to the freezer.
Frozen cubes of coriander and butter being placed into a clear freezer bag

Freezing parsley, ginger, lemongrass and chillies have all been covered on Freeze It, and these are all ingredients you can freeze. So why not consider freezing them together in a flavour-packed ice cube?

You could try mixing ginger, lemongrass, green chillies and coriander into one ice cube to give yourself a way of instantly adding a Thai-inspired flavour hit to your cooking.

Another option is to mix parsley, coriander, mint and a small grating of garlic to create a salsa verde style ice cube.

3 Tips for Freezing Fresh Coriander

Here are our Top 3 Tips, which we strongly recommend following, to give you the best results when freezing coriander:

Use a Food Processor
Using a food processor to chop your coriander is a quick and easy way to make sure you have similar sized pieces. This will give you an even flavour when thawed and used.

Consider How You’ll Use It
Will you need entire leaves? Do you need larger amounts or will one ice cube sized amount work? Is it okay that it’s been frozen in butter? By freezing the coriander in different portion sizes you’ll make it easier to use in the recipes you love.

Don’t Over-Pack the Freezer Bags
Removing as much air as possible from the freezer bags is a good way to ensure your coriander remains fresh.

How Long Can You Freeze Coriander?

Your frozen coriander will keep in the freezer for around 4 months. The longer you leave them in the freezer, the greater the chance that the flavour will degrade. That’s why I would advise using them within 4 months.

The advantage of freezing coriander in ice cubes and then surrounding it with water is the minimal risk of freezer burn affecting the coriander.

How Do You Defrost Coriander?

Regardless of which form you have frozen your coriander, it will not need to be defrosted. If you have frozen it as full leaves, you need to stir the leaves into your hot dish.

If you have frozen your coriander as an ice cube, toss it into your stew, curry, stir fry or soup and give it a minute or two to melt completely. That’s all you need to do.

Can You Refreeze Coriander?

We strongly recommend against refreezing coriander.

WARNING

There is an increased risk of foodborne pathogens if you refreeze partially thawed raw or blanched herbs, vegetables, and fruits.

Additionally, like most soft herbs, coriander is quite delicate and refreezing will drastically degrade both the flavour and texture.

Does Coriander Freeze Well?

In terms of taste, coriander will retain its distinct flavour in the freezer for several months. The only downside to freezing coriander is the texture. It can become quite mushy, so you won’t want to use it for garnishing dishes.

This is the case for most soft herbs and will impact them all in the same way whether you’re freezing parsley, chives or mint.

FAQs

How Long Does Coriander Last in the Fridge?

Coriander will keep for between 2 and 3 weeks in the fridge. After this time, it will begin to wilt and the leaves will dark as the flavour degrades.

How Can I Keep Coriander Fresh for Longer?

Can I Freeze Coriander Roots?

Yes, you can freeze coriander roots. Wash and dry them, then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container.

Can I Freeze Coriander Seeds?

Yes, you can freeze coriander seeds. Place them in a sealed container or bag and store them in the freezer.

Can I Freeze Coriander Paste?

Yes, you can freeze coriander paste. Portion it into ice cube trays and freeze it, then transfer the cubes to a freezer-safe bag or container. Follow the same instructions as found here.

Sources

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10 thoughts on “Can You Freeze Coriander?”

  1. I like to use the following method to freeze coriander, dill ,basil, parsley – anything with a soft stalk. Wash and dry arrange stem to leave as you would a bunch. place in a ziploc bag and roll it up tight leaving one end of the zipper open. Take a stout ribbon and from one end of the roll to the end with the zipper still open a touch tightly wind the ribbon toward the open end, close the zipper and fix a couple of rubber bands around the roll to prevent the ribbon from unraveling. Freeze solid.
    When needed I simply shave off what I need. Not for garnish but for all other purposes. It’ll retain it’s flavor for much longer because there is no air to oxidize the herb. ????

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  2. I wash, dry coriander leaves, by wrapping in paper towel put it in plastic bag & in the fridge. Next day the leaves are chopped finely with tender stalks.
    Place them in a short glass jam or any bottle & leave in the freezer.
    As needed I just scrape the top with a knife & add to food cooking.
    As soon as it is scraped return bottle to freezer or else it will get mushy & may have to be thrown.

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  3. What about Coriander seeds? Can they be frozen as well?
    Do they need to be dry?
    I want to pick up seeds by freezing them for a few seconds for an engineering project.

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