Oregano Cooking Tips, Substitutions, and Measures

Marjoram May Be Substituted for Oregano

Oregano seasoning
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Oregano Cooking Tips

  • Fresh oregano is always the first choice when possible. Strip leaves from the stem and discard the stem.
  • When using oregano in a bouquet garni, do not strip leaves from the sprigs. Just tie it up with the rest of the herbs.
  • Oregano can become overpowering and bitter if too much is used on foods with mild flavor. Taste as you go.
  • When making your own chili powders, choose Mexican oregano for its strong, peppery flavor.
  • If you find you are out of oregano, marjoram may be substituted. Use 1/2 the amount of oregano called for. Basil, savory, and thyme are other possible substitutions.
  • Oregano goes well in just about any tomato dish. It also complements meats and vegetables with dominant flavors such as , spaghetti sauce, pizza, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, and lamb.
  • Garlic, onion, thyme, basil, parsley, and olive oil are common complementary seasoning partners.
  • When using dried oregano, crush it in the palm of your hand before adding to the food. This helps release essential oils and revive flavor.


  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano = 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 ounce fresh oregano = 1/2 cup chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano = 1 teaspoon liquid oregano

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