Dill is mostly known as a spice used for pickling. It pairs well with spinach, asparagus, potatoes, grains, zucchini, and summer squash. However, dill is also a common ingredient in many dishes with fish, seafood, and some traditional salads like the Greek tzatziki.
Dill seeds have a strong slightly bitter flavor which reminds of camphor and gets stronger if the seeds are heated. Dill weed is also available as a dried herb. However, it has a weaker flavor than fresh dill.
Can you use dill seed instead of dill weed?
Dill is a common cooking aromatic herb. The steams and leaves of the same herb are known as dill weed.
The main difference between dill seeds and dill weed are in their appearance, flavor, and use in cooking.
To boost the flavor of your dishes you can use dill seeds or dill weed depending on your recipe. And the flavor you want to reach. Whatever you pick, you will get a unique flavor you will like to repeat many times in your dishes.
Dill weed is sometimes also referred to as dill leaves. It’s the bright green, feathery fronds of the dill plant. It’s highly aromatic, and tastes of caraway or anise, with a bit of citrus thrown in.
Substituting fresh dill for dried dill (or vice versa) is easy to do. Just stick to these proportions, and you’ll get great results:
Substituting Other Herbs
If dill weed is being used as a garnish for a dish, use fennel fronds instead. They look very similar. Fresh parsley can also be used as a garnish. It looks a bit different, but will still add that pop of green. If you don’t have either, just leave the garnish off, or get creative with whatever you have on hand.
When fresh dill is being used to flavor a recipe (as it is in pickles, soups, and sauces), use fresh tarragon in its place. To make the proper substitution, use an equal amount of fresh tarragon for the fresh dill, or dried tarragon for the dried dill. You can also use dried tarragon as a stand-in for fresh dill weed, but you’ll need to adjust the quantities, as it has a more intense flavor. Use one teaspoon of dried tarragon for every tablespoon of fresh dill called for in a recipe. Tarragon works well as a substitute for dill in seafood dishes and in salad dressings.
Dried vs. Fresh
Dill seeds taste similar to dill weed, but they have a slightly bitter edge to them. They appear frequently in pickles, bread, salad dressing, and soup recipes. While you might be tempted to use dill weed as a substitute for dill seeds, you'll get better results if you use caraway seeds or celery seeds in their place. Replace them measure for measure, and you should come close to the intended flavor.