WHAT IS MARJORAM SPICE?
Marjoram is a fragrant herb that belongs to the mint family. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has been used in cooking for centuries. It is often confused with oregano, its close cousin, but marjoram has a milder flavor and is less pungent than oregano.
So, if you're looking for a new spice to cook with – marjoram may be your new favorite spice. Learn more about this sweet spice and how to use it in your recipes.
WHAT DOES MARJORAM TASTE LIKE?
Marjoram seasoning has a unique flavor profile with a unique blend of sweet, bitter, and slightly piney notes, making it perfect for savory and sweet dishes. It's an herb with an intense aroma and a delicate taste, making it ideal for adding depth to dishes without overpowering them. Marjoram also has a subtle mint flavor, making it a versatile spice that can be used in various recipes.
WHAT IS MARJORAM USED FOR IN COOKING?
Marjoram seasoning is used to bring an added pop of flavor to many dishes. Similar to oregano, it’s often used as a garnish in salads, soups, stews, sauces, and tomato-based dishes. It can be added at the end of a recipe to preserve a dish's flavor.
HOW TO USE MARJORAM IN COOKING?
Marjoram is widely used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is a favorite seasoning for meats, stews, and sauces. It is also used in vegetable and meat dishes, salads, marinades, and rubs. It pairs well with basil, thyme, garlic, oregano, and lemon, so it's perfect for seasoning salad dressings, marinades, and sauces. Marjoram seasoning is commonly used on pizzas and pasta, similar to oregano.
Marjoram is typically used in leaf form. You can use fresh marjoram or dried marjoram. You can add fresh marjoram towards the end of cooking to help preserve the flavor of the food. If you're using dried marjoram, add it at the beginning of cooking to ensure enough time for it to release its flavor.
WHATARE MARJORAM SUBSTITUTES?
Out of marjoram? No problem. Here are a few marjoram substitutes you can use:
- Oregano: An excellent marjoram substitute is oregano. Similar to marjoram seasoning, it brings a peppery bite and a slightly sweet, minty aroma to your recipes.
- Sweet Basil: Another member of the mint family is sweet basil. Sweet basil is the perfect marjoram substitute for your tomato-based dishes like pizza and pasta.
- Thyme offers a fresh, warm flavor that works as an excellent marjoram replacement on your meat and veggie dishes.
- Herbes de Provence is a classic blend of herbs that adds aromatic depth to your meat, poultry, and vegetable dishes.
- Sage is another great marjoram substitute due to its herby and piney aroma. It’s also a member of the mint family and can be used in a number of meat and veggie recipes.
TRY OUR FAVORITE RECIPES WITH MARJORAM SPICE
- Mediterranean Herb Crusted Tilapia
- Creamy Herb Penne with Chicken
- Mediterranean Salsa
- Chicken Marsala
- Spicy Tomato Egg Skillet
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