Learn how to freeze cilantro to preserve its freshness and flavor, ensuring you have this versatile herb on hand whenever you need it.

What We Love About Freezing Cilantro 

  • Available Year-Round: Freezing cilantro allows you to prolong its shelf life, ensuring you have access to fresh herbs even when they’re out of season.
  • Convenient: By freezing cilantro in pre-portioned cubes, you can easily grab just the right amount needed for your recipes.
  • Maximum Flavor Retention: Freezing cilantro at its peak freshness helps to lock in its flavor.
How To Freeze Cilantro

How to Freeze Cilantro 

  1. Clean the cilantro leaves. Rinse under cold running water.
  2. Dry the cilantro. Use a salad spinner or similar to remove excess moisture.
  3. Chop the cilantro. Make sure they are evenly sized.
    How To Freeze Cilantro
  4. Transfer to ice cube trays. Pack each cube.
    How To Freeze Cilantro
  5. Cover the ice cube tray. This helps prevent freezer burn.
  6. Freeze for a few hours. Make sure it’s frozen completely.
  7. Transfer to a freezer-safe bag or airtight container. Use the cilantro cubes as needed.

Storing and Thawing Instructions: 

  • To Store: Keep frozen cilantro cubes in a sealed freezer-safe bag or airtight container to prevent freezer burn.
  • To Thaw: Use frozen cilantro directly from the freezer, adding it to dishes during cooking or thawing it briefly before use.
How To Freeze Cilantro

Variations for Freezing

  • Add olive oil: Add a small amount of olive oil to the ice cube tray before adding the chopped cilantro.
  • Add lemon or lime juice: Mix the chopped cilantro with a bit of lime or lemon juice before freezing to give it some instant flavor.
  • Add other herbs: Combine cilantro with other herbs like parsley or basil before freezing.

How to Freeze CIlantro

Learn how to freeze cilantro to preserve its freshness and flavor, ensuring you have this versatile herb on hand whenever you need it.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 large bunch cilantro


  • Rinse the cilantro under cold running water.
  • Using a salad spinner, dry the cilantro.
  • Chop the cilantro as finely as needed.
  • Freeze the cilantro in portions using an ice cube tray.
  • Use the cilantro straight from the freezer.


  • Ensure the cilantro is fully dry before freezing to prevent ice crystals from forming.
  • Label the freezer bag or container with the date of freezing to keep track of its freshness.
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