How to Make Bouquet Garni

Three Methods:Fresh VersionDried VersionUsage

Bouquet garni is a French herbal mixture. It consists of a collection of herbs, gathered and tied into a bundle or sachet in cheesecloth, or directly tied together when using fresh herbs. Bouquet garni is used to enhance the flavour of stews, broths, or stocks. There are two versions - a dried version and a fresh version.

Method 1
Fresh Version

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    Gather together fresh herbs, making sure they have long stems. For a traditional bouquet garni, the herbs should consist of 3 sprigs of parsley, 2 sprigs of rosemary and 1 bay leaf.
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    Tie the bunch with kitchen twine and leave a tail that you can use to haul the bunch in and out of your pot.

Method 2
Dried Version

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    Gather dried herbs. Mix 1 tablespoon (14.8 ml) parsley, 1 teaspoon thyme, 2-3 peppercorns and 1 bay leaf.
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    Wrap in a cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine, again leaving some length for hauling in and out of the pot.

Method 3

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    Toss the bouquet garni into your cooking pot to flavour soups, stews, stock, casseroles, and more.
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    Remove before serving.


  • If you add sage, use only a small bit as it has an overpowering effect.
  • Try to use pesticide-free, organic herbs wherever possible.
  • For a change that adds flavour, tie with a strip of cleaned leek leaf.
  • Other possible additions to your bouquet garni include: chervil, marjoram, summer savory, lemon zest, tarragon, orange peel, rosemary, leek, celery leaves, celeriac, tarragon, basil, burnet, celery pieces, lime zest, carrot, onion, potato, cloves, peppercorns, coriander seeds etc.
  • You can mix dried and fresh herbs if you wish but you will need to use cheesecloth to protect the dried herbs.


  • Wash all fresh herbs, no matter whether you grew them or purchased them, to avoid possible contamination

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh or dried herbs - at the very least parsley, thyme and a bay leaf
  • Cheesecloth
  • Kitchen grade twine (string)
  • Stew, broth or stock in need of enhancing

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Categories: Spice Mixes