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Parsley Paste (Herb Paste with Garlic)

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Addictive parsley paste with garlic, chives and salt, this is the most delicious way of preserving parsley.


How to preserve parsley?


Herb Garlic Paste


This parsley paste is so amazing! The absolute best way of preserving parsley and chives, you will find it really addictive and you will end up using it all the time.

Herbs! What would we do without them? I love them with a passion, I have a pretty big herb patch in the garden and to tell you the truth, herbs are the only plants that don’t immediately die in my presence. 🙁

I really don’t have a green thumb, I tried to build a vegetable garden several times over the years, only to give up after one season. No plant seems to thrive in my presence. Except for herbs.

And I have the feeling that the main reason for this is that herbs actually prosper when left alone….. So just a bit of watering in the summer, removing some weeds now and then and that’s about it. Even I manage to do that!!!!


Herb Garlic Paste


What to do with the parsley paste?

What can I tell you about this herb garlic paste? It will knock you out!!!! It is so powerful and so amazingly delicious, you will end up putting it in everything you cook. It is meant to be used as a condiment to jazz up a soup or a stew, but I really have used in so many different ways, I find it difficult to remember them all.

  • Mix a teaspoon or two of it in scrambled eggs or omelet or any egg dish you could think of.
  • Use to marinate chicken breast or pork chops for grilling or pan-frying.
  • Make herb butter.
  • Stir with some quark or cream cheese-based spread or dip.
  • Stir a small amount of it with yogurt or oil and vinegar to make a salad dressing.
  • Spread a little bit of it on toast bread and grill the toast on the barbecue or in a grill pan.


  • The only two things you have to consider when using the paste are:
  • Garlic – you might smell of it afterward (not a problem for me most of the time).
  • Salt – remember the paste is salty, so you have to reduce the amount of salt you would otherwise need for a dish.


Herb Garlic Paste


Tips for making herb paste

  • Flat-leaf parsley is the best sort.
  • I needed two very large bunches of parsley to obtain 100 g/ 3.5 oz leaves in the end.
  • You should weigh the parsley after you picked the leaves from the stems.
  • You can use the very thin parts of the stem as well, but remove the thicker parts of it.
  • Don’t discard the stems, freeze them, and use for making homemade chicken stock or bone broth.


  • The herb paste will keep in the refrigerator for at least 4-5 months.
  • I prefer to freeze the jars to make sure that the paste remains fresh and tasty.


More recipes using herbs?

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms (with Herb Butter)

Herb Garlic Baguette

Pork Tenderloin with Herb Crust

Herb Garlic Butter

German Green Sauce (Frankfurter Sauce)


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parsley paste with garlic and chives in small jars

Parsley Paste (Herb Paste with Garlic)

This addictive parsley paste with garlic, chives, and salt is the most delicious way to preserve parsley.
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Course: Preserves/Canning Recipes
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 small jars
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Adina


  • 3.5 oz g/ 3.5 oz flat-leaf parsley 100 g, weigh only the leaves and the skinny top stems (See note)
  • 3.5 oz g/ 3.5 oz chives 100 g
  • 1.1 lb g/ 17.6 oz garlic 500 g
  • 3.5 oz g/ 3.5 oz fine sea salt 100 g


Parsley paste:

  • Pick the parsley leaves from the stems and weigh 3.5 oz/ 100 g.
  • Chop the parsley and the chives roughly. Peel the garlic cloves.
  • Blend: Place all the ingredients in a good food processor and blend until you obtain a fine paste. Transfer to small jars.
  • Store: The jars should keep refrigerated for about 1 year. I prefer to freeze the jars to make sure that the paste remains fresh and tasty.
  • Uses: When stirring the paste into other dishes, remember that it is very salty and garlicky, so you will have to reduce the required salt and garlic quantities.
    1. Stir a few teaspoons of it in soups, stews, or egg dishes, like scrambled eggs, omelets, etc.
    2. Mix 2 teaspoons and olive oil and marinate chicken breasts, steaks, or pork chops.
    3. Mix 2-3 teaspoons with 250 g/ 2 sticks soft butter to make herb butter.
    4. Stir 1 teaspoon in salad dressings, either yogurt dressing or vinaigrette.
    5. Stir a few teaspoons with cream cheese/quark/strained yogurt/feta to make a delicious spread or dip.
    6. Smear a little bit on bread and toast the slices on the barbecue (pretty salty, but I like it).


About two very large parsley bunches, preferably flat-leaf parsley.


Serving: 1small jar | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9650mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g
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Wednesday 28th of December 2022

Just what I've been after but I don't have a food processor. I'm assuming if made it in a small blender with a little water or oil it would be fine. Any comments? Thanks :)


Wednesday 28th of December 2022

Hi Phil. I never tried it, but I suppose it should work; it will just take longer.


Thursday 4th of November 2021

This paste amazing!!! My kids were starting to get colds and we made "garlic bread" with this paste and butter and I swear it made them better faster than anything I've tried before. I've made so many tasty things with it. The possibilities are endless


Thursday 4th of November 2021

Hi Joanne, so happy to read this! We love it too; I have to make it again soon; I don't have any anymore; I use it for so many dishes.

Thomas Janik

Sunday 17th of October 2021

1.1lbs garlic??


Monday 18th of October 2021


Nigel Robson

Saturday 24th of April 2021

500g of garlic? Are you sure? That would make it garlic paste with chives and parsley

Adina Beck

Sunday 25th of April 2021

@Nigel Robson, Yes, it's a bomb, but so good. You can use less, but I always use this quantity.


Sunday 28th of February 2021

I made this and it is a great thing to stir into soups or add to potatoes or anything that needs a little zip. A good way to use up an excess of the ingredients at hand as well.


Monday 1st of March 2021

Perfect when you have a huge parsley bush in the garden, I make it every summer. It's addictive. Thank you for the feedback.