Can You Freeze Coriander?

Although some people find it a bit soapy, coriander does bring zing to plenty of Thai, Mexican and Indian inspired dishes. But with it often overpowering a dish if used excessively, you’ll find that you often buy a bunch and only use a few leaves.

So, can you freeze coriander (or cilantro) to avoid wasting the leftovers? And does it freeze well or not?

Yes, you can freeze coriander. Coriander can be frozen for around 4 months. The simple way to freeze it is to place it into a bag and then seal it up. You can also freeze coriander into ice cubes with some oil and other herbs or spices. 

Can You Refreeze Coriander? No

Does Coriander Freeze Well? Yes

How to Freeze Coriander

If you are pushed for time, this is the initial approach you should take to freeze coriander. It’s not the best way to go about it, but it will be the quickest approach to take.

It’s also worth noting that coriander leaves and cilantro are the same things. Cilantro is the term used for coriander leaves in the US so the method below can be used for freezing coriander and for freezing cilantro:

  1. Clean It
    First, make sure you have cleaned your coriander and removed any dodgy looking leaves. You don’t want to freeze yellowy leaves as they won’t improve in the freezer.
  2. Bag it Up
    Once you’ve got your perfect coriander in hand, you need to place them into a freezer bag. When you seal the bag up, make sure you remove as much of the air as possible.
  3. Freeze It
    Label the bag up with the contents and the date and then place this bag into the freezer.

If you need to get your coriander frozen quick, then this is the ultimate route to take but it might not be the best approach to follow. Instead, try the approach outlined below:

How to Freeze Coriander in Ice Cube Trays

If you have a little more time on your hands and want to freeze it in the best possible way, then this is the approach you ought to take:

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1) Clean and Chop It
Make sure you have cleaned your coriander and picked out any of the dodgy looking leaves. Trim the stalks from the leaves as you only want to freeze the leaves with this method and chop them up.

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2) Add Coriander to Tray
Place the leaves into the slots of an ice cube tray. You want to fill each slot up around two-thirds of the way. Don’t be afraid of adding other herbs at this point.

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3) Cover in Oil or Butter
Pour olive oil, melted butter or even just water into the slots of the tray until the coriander is completely submerged in the liquid. Wrap the tray in cling film.

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4) Initial Freeze
Place the ice cube tray into the freezer and allow the cubes to freeze solid. Try to keep the tray level during this stage of the freezing process.

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5) Final Freeze
After several hours (or overnight) the cubes should be frozen solid. Remove the tray from the freezer, pop the frozen coriander cubes out and place them into a bag before returning it to the freezer.

We’ve written about freezing parsley, ginger, lemongrass and chillies on FreezeIt and these are all ingredients you can freeze. So why not consider freezing them together in a flavour-packed ice cube.

You could try mixing ginger, lemongrass, green chillies and coriander into one ice cube to give yourself a way of instantly adding a Thai-inspired flavour hit to your cooking.

Another option is to mix parsley, coriander, mint and a small grating of garlic to create a salsa verde style ice cube.

3 Tips for Freezing Coriander

Now you know how to freeze coriander in a couple of ways, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing them to have the best results:

Create Flavour Cubes
Creating instant flavour cubes is the best way to use herbs and spices. Combine your favourite ingredients (try ginger, garlic, coriander and lime), place them into the slots of an ice cube tray, cover them with water and then freeze.

Don’t Forget the Stalks
The stalks also pack a punch of flavour so don’t discard them. They can be frozen with the leaves in the same way.

Avoid Using Raw
Coriander will taste great after being frozen, but the texture will be off. Using frozen coriander raw as a garnish is not something you’ll want to do, unfortunately. You’ll need to stick to fresh coriander for this!

How Long Can You Freeze Coriander?

Your frozen coriander will keep in the freezer for around 4 months. The longer you leave them in the freezer, the greater the chance that the flavour will degrade. That’s why we would advise using them within 4 months.

The advantage of freezing coriander in ice cubes and then surrounding it with water is the minimal risk of freezer burn affecting the coriander.

You Can Freeze Coriander for Around 4 Months

How Do You Defrost Coriander?

Regardless of which form you have frozen your coriander, it will not need to be defrosted. If you have frozen it as full leaves, you need to stir the leaves into your hot dish.

If you have frozen your coriander as an ice cube, toss the ice cube into your stew, curry, stir fry or soup and give it a minute or two to completely melt. That’s all you need to do.

Can You Refreeze Coriander?

Like most soft herbs, coriander is quite delicate, so refreezing is not something we would suggest. This can degrade both the flavour and texture.

Texture changes will always occur when freezing something soft like coriander but refreezing can completely ruin it.

Does Coriander Freeze Well?

In terms of taste, coriander will retain its distinct flavour in the freezer for several months. The only downside to freezing coriander is the texture. It can become quite mushy so you won’t want to use it for garnishing dishes.

This is the case for most soft herbs and will impact them all in the same way whether you’re freezing parsley, chives or mint.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing coriander or coriander in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Coriander Stalks?

Although not as soft and delicate as the leaves, coriander stalks are still packed with flavour. They’re great blended into soups and stews. But can you freeze them?

Yes, you can! All you need to do is tip them into freezer bags and freeze them. They might stick together so will need to break them apart when you need them.

Can You Freeze Coriander Chutney?

Freezing coriander chutney is doable and also quite simple. We would recommend using the ice cube method.

This will allow you to freeze your coriander chutney in portions to avoid any wastage. All you need to do is spoon your chutney into an ice cube tray, cover in cling film and then freezer overnight. Once the chutney is solid, you can tip it out into a freezer bag and store it.

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10 thoughts on “Can You Freeze Coriander?”

  1. I like to use the following method to freeze coriander, dill ,basil, parsley – anything with a soft stalk. Wash and dry arrange stem to leave as you would a bunch. place in a ziploc bag and roll it up tight leaving one end of the zipper open. Take a stout ribbon and from one end of the roll to the end with the zipper still open a touch tightly wind the ribbon toward the open end, close the zipper and fix a couple of rubber bands around the roll to prevent the ribbon from unraveling. Freeze solid.
    When needed I simply shave off what I need. Not for garnish but for all other purposes. It’ll retain it’s flavor for much longer because there is no air to oxidize the herb. 😉

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  2. I wash, dry coriander leaves, by wrapping in paper towel put it in plastic bag & in the fridge. Next day the leaves are chopped finely with tender stalks.
    Place them in a short glass jam or any bottle & leave in the freezer.
    As needed I just scrape the top with a knife & add to food cooking.
    As soon as it is scraped return bottle to freezer or else it will get mushy & may have to be thrown.

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  3. What about Coriander seeds? Can they be frozen as well?
    Do they need to be dry?
    I want to pick up seeds by freezing them for a few seconds for an engineering project.

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