How to Cook With Dried Lavender


Most people consider lavender to be an herb used in beauty products for its light floral scent. Not only is lavender enjoyable in these products, but it is also a delightful herb to cook with. Lavender is part of the mint family of herbs and is similar to thyme, rosemary and sage. Combine lavender with many different herbs in the kitchen for a delicious change of pace.

Step 1

Grind dried lavender with a food grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Grind the lavender pieces until they are a fine consistency with few large chunks.

Step 2

Experiment with lavender in a variety of cooking dishes. Substitute lavender for thyme, rosemary and sage in almost any recipe. Use lavender in cooking savory dishes, and add it to baked breads. Add lavender to soups, stews and sauces in the same way you would add any dried herb. Any recipes that include savory, fennel, rosemary, oregano, sage or thyme would be suitable for making with lavender also.

Step 3

Start by adding a very small amount in recipes, and decide whether you enjoy the taste. The flavor and strength of lavender increases as you dry it. Too much lavender in a recipe may make the food bitter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never use lavender purchased from florists or garden centers in meal preparation. Although these flowers are the same as lavender used for culinary purposes, these flowers may have harmful chemicals on them. For best results, grow lavender to use in cooking in your own herb garden or small container. You may also find dried lavender for cooking in gourmet or health food stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Food grinder
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Herbs and spices


  • Cooking with Lavender
  • Culinary Lavender
Keywords: lavender, dried lavender, grind dried lavender, cooking with fresh lavender, lavender in cooking

About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.