If left exposed to air and moisture, cilantro can wilt and lose its flavor quickly. With these tips, you can learn how to keep cilantro fresh for longer. 

What We Love About This Method

  • Preserves so much flavor: Cilantro has a pretty intense flavor, but it quickly fades when exposed to air or heat. This method helps prevent that. 
  • Convenient: No need for fancy equipment or a long, complicated process. 
How To Keep Cilantro Fresh

How to Keep Cilantro Fresh

  1. Fill the jar with water. Make sure it’s about 2 inches high.
    How To Keep Cilantro Fresh
  2. Put the cilantro in the jar. The stems should be in the water.
    How To Keep Cilantro Fresh
  3. Cover the leaves. Place the plastic bag over the top. 
    How To Keep Cilantro Fresh
  4. Store in the refrigerator. This helps preserve the cilantro for up to one month. 

Storing Instructions: 

To store: Storing cilantro in a glass jar in the refrigerator is a great way to preserve its freshness. You can, however, use any type of container of your choice, as long as you can cover the top with a plastic bag.

How To Keep Cilantro Fresh

How to Keep Cilantro Fresh

Here's how to keep cilantro fresh, longer. From proper storage to tips on preserving its flavor.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 large bunch cilantro 


  • Add 2 inches of water to a jar.
  • Place cilantro upright in the jar.
  • Loosely cover the leaves with a plastic bag.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.


  • Make sure your cilantro leaves are completely dry before storing it in the jar. 
  • Trim off any rotten stems or leaves before storing.
  • Change the water every 2 to 3 days to ensure that no foul odors or bacteria transfer to the cilantro. 
  • Keep your cilantro away from certain fruits and vegetables such as apples, bananas, tomatoes, and avocados. These fruits and vegetables release a gas called ethylene which can cause other foods to spoil more quickly. 
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