Cilantro: Tips and Tricks

Distinctive and delicious, cilantro is used in cuisines around the world to bring flavor to the plate. Chefs have been using cilantro since ancient Egyptian times due to its versatility; both the leaves and seeds (commonly known as coriander) are useful in spicy, savory, and creamy dishes. Cilantro is undoubtably easy to work with but that doesn’t mean you should rush in gung-ho. Follow these tips and tricks to carve out creative cilantro recipes!

  • Similarly to mint, cilantro is an excellent choice for chefs looking to experiment with in-house herb gardens. The hardy plant grows quickly but has a short shelf life, so make sure to continuously sow the seeds to make sure you don’t run out.
  • If you don’t have the luxury of an herb garden, make sure to select cilantro with bright green leaves that are free of damage. Additionally, we find that larger plants have a deeper flavor, so try and pick cilantro that is around 6 inches long. 
  • It’s important to keep your cilantro hydrated at all times. Store the stems in a glass of water and loosely cover the leaves. Left alone in the refrigerator, your cilantro should last about a week before spoiling. 
    • Pro Tip: Change the water every couple of days to keep your cilantro extra fresh.
  • Excess moisture on the leaves can cause them to become slimy and unappetizing, so don’t wash your cilantro until you’re ready to serve it. Pat dry afterwards and use to your heart’s content.
  • Cilantro goes well with a ton of different ingredients, but we’ve found lasting success with chiles, garlic, and citrus.