How to Freeze Cilantro to Use Later

Freezing cilantro is a great way to preserve this delicate herb. We’ll show you three methods for how to freeze cilantro and how to use it in future recipes.

Because oxygen is the enemy of frozen cilantro, vacuum sealing is the best way to assure they stay safe from the damaging effects of freezer burn. Sealing in small batches is best.

1. Vacuum Sealed Bags


Finely chop your cilantro and pack each cell of an ice cube tray until full. Add just enough water or olive oil to cover the cilantro. Water and oil act as a barrier to protect from damage. 

2. Ice Cube Trays

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Cut your cilantro into sprigs, bunch them together, then place them in a sandwich bag. Remove as much air as possible, then roll the bag up and secure it with a rubber band or a piece of tape.

3. Ziplock Bags

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You will get the best flavor if you use frozen cilantro within six months, but vacuum sealed or ice cubed cilantro will last longer.

How Long Does Frozen Cilantro Last?

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Because thawed cilantro doesn’t have the same texture as fresh, it is best mixed with ingredients rather than used as a garnish.

How To Use Frozen Cilantro

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