Can You Freeze Parsley?

Fresh and vibrant, parsley is a great addition to a variety of sauces and can lift a pasta dish from dull to delicious. But can you freeze parsley?

The Quick Answer

Can You Freeze Parsley?

You can freeze parsley for around 12 months. The best way to freeze parsley is in an ice cube tray submerged in water or oil. You can then pop a cube into your cooking for an instant hit of parsley.

You can use the links below to jump through this article if you need help with how to go about freezing parsley, how to defrost it or whether it’s actually worth doing in the first place:

How to Freeze Parsley

If you want to freeze parsley leaves whole, then this is the method for you. It’s not necessarily the best method, however: 

  1. Clean and Dry
    As with all fresh produce, make sure it is clean before you look to freeze it. Give it a good clean, and then make sure you dry it thoroughly.
  2. Remove Stalks
    Next, remove the stalks from the parsley and discard them. You only want to freeze the leaves here. 
  3. Bag and Freeze
    Pack the leaves into a freezer bag and place them into the freezer.

If you plan on stirring these whole leaves into a dish, then they’ll work fine from the freezer.

However, if you’re looking to use them as a garnish to a dish or salad, then you’ll need to defrost them – that’s where you may have a few issues!

How to Freeze Parsley in Ice Cube Trays

We love ingredients frozen in ice cube trays here at Freeze It. It makes them easy to use, with no need for defrosting. You need to grab a cube and stir it into the dish you’re making.

  1. Clean
    First, make sure you wash then completely dry your parsley. You don’t want to freeze it with dirt or bugs!
  2. Chop
    Now, finely chop the parsley up. Think about how you normally dice your parsley and cut it like that.
  3. Fill Ice Cube Tray
    Pack it into an ice cube tray. You want to fill it around two-thirds of the way with parsley.
  4. Submerge
    Top each cube up with good quality olive oil or melted unsalted butter. You could even use water. 
  5. Flash Freeze
    Place the tray in the freezer, covered in cling film and allow the cubes to freeze solid overnight.
  6. Final Freeze
    Remove the tray and remove each cube from the tray. Place the cubes into a bag and return to the freezer.

Now all you need to do is grab a cube from the freezer as and when you need it.

We’ve covered freezing pesto here before the method described there would work perfectly with the basil substituted out for parsley.

3 Tips for Freezing Parsley

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing parsley to have the best results:

  • Mix with Other Herbs – Parsley can be mixed with other herbs, spices and flavourings to create instant flavour cubes, which can be popped into soups, stews and sauces. Try mixing parsley with garlic, lemon zest and chilli, for example. 
  • Don’t Use Raw – Unfortunately, parsley that has been frozen will not look great. It’ll still be full of flavour but is not suitable for use as a garnish or to make salads such as tabbouleh
  • Prep Beforehand – You’ll find the stalks become tough after freezing and the leaves become mushy, so do all your prep work before freezing. 

How Long Can You Freeze Parsley?

Parsley will be fine in the freezer for around a year. The best indication is the colour and smell. Parsley should remain strong in odour and green when frozen, but it can lose some of its flavours over time.

You Can Freeze Parsley for up to 12 Months

How Do You Defrost Parsley?

If you plan on stirring your parsley into a sauce or soup and have frozen the parsley in cubes, then you can take them straight from the freezer and use them straight away.

The problem is when you want to use parsley as a garnish to a dish – something we’d advise against. The problem is when you defrost parsley, it goes soggy and loses its original texture.

When it comes to garnishing your dish, you end up with wet clumps of parsley, and it’s not a good look.

Can You Refreeze Parsley? 

Refreezing parsley is not something we would recommend doing. Unfortunately, you’ll ruin the texture further and may even find that the flavour degrades rapidly after refreezing leaving you with mushy, bland, green sludge. 

Does Parsley Freeze Well?

As discussed above, if you’re using parsley for flavour and are stirring it into a cooked dish, then you’ll be fine using frozen parsley and will struggle to tell the difference.

If, however, you want to use parsley fresh and ‘raw’ across a dish, then you’re far better off sticking with fresh where possible.

Related FAQs

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

Can You Freeze Parsley in Oil?

You certainly can. You need to use the ice cube method above to freeze your parsley in oil. We would recommend using good-quality olive oil here.

Can You Freeze Parsley Pesto?

We’ve actually written a full article on freezing pesto. Check that out and replace the basil in the pesto with parsley, and you’ll have an easy way to freeze delicious parsley pesto.

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