How to Dry Herbs in the Microwave

How to Dry Herbs in the Microwave quickly and easily ~

I’ll show you exactly how to dry herbs in the microwave, it’s quick, easy and a lot of fun! — The microwave preserves color and flavor like no other method, and in minutes you can have months’ worth of herbs ready to go.

Microwave Dried Herbs --- who knew it was so quick and easy to preserve fresh herbs? ~

I’m a huge believer in the power of fresh herbs, they make a big difference in the flavor of so many foods. And because of that I’m forever buying them and, sadly, letting many of them got to waste. I love this trick for preserving them, and while I usually go for fresh whenever I can, there are times, especially in fall and winter cooking, when dried herbs are called for and do a great job.

packets of homemade Microwave Dried Herbs ~ a great way to preserve summer's bounty! ~

Once you know how to dry herbs in the microwave you’re going to want to try it with every variety you can find. This is a really fun project, and easy, too, so think about getting your kids involved. You don’t need a fancy dehydrator, all you need are clean, dry, fresh herbs, some paper, and a microwave. Lay out the herbs in a single layer on a piece of paper and microwave at full power for anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute and a half, depending on the herb. Some herbs are mostly water, like cilantro and parsley, and will dry quicker than those that contain more essential oils, like oregano and sage. Your herbs might be larger or smaller than the ones I tested, so just use my guide as a general starting point.

  • Cilantro ~ 30 seconds
  • Sage ~ 75 seconds
  • Thyme ~ 45 seconds
  • Marjoram ~ 60 seconds
  • Basil ~ 40-50 seconds
  • Parsley ~ 60 seconds
  • Tarragon ~ 60-70 seconds
  • Oregano ~ 60 seconds
  • Rosemary ~ 60 seconds

My microwave is a standard 1000 watts.

Fresh basil dried in the microwave ~

Once your herbs are dried you can crumble them and store in little jars, or plastic bags. If they don’t crumble easily then you haven’t haven’t dried them long enough. They should shatter instantly when you rub them between your fingers. You can crush them as fine or as coarsely as you like. Don’t worry about getting bits of stem in the mix.

How to Dry Herbs in the Microwave ~ fresh sage ~

The beauty of drying your own herbs is that you know what you’re getting, and you’re getting a 100% fresh, pure product. Commercially packaged herbs can be stale, contaminated, and sometimes not even what is stated on the label. Since dried herbs lose their potency after about 6 months, it makes sense to dry your own in small batches.

TIP:  Never buy dried herbs and spices in bulk — buy them in  the smallest amounts you can and replace them often.

How to Dry Herbs in the Microwave ~

I love all my microwave ‘miracles’, they’re some of my favorite recipes —

Reader Rave ~

“Hello I just used your drying method for my basil and parsley. Great. So easy and a good way to preserve those herbs for this winter.Thanks.” ~ Marilyn

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Microwave Dried Herbs

Author Sue Moran


Fresh herbs

  • parsley
  • cilantro
  • sage
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • marjoram
  • tarragon
  • oregano
  • basil
  • plain paper or parchment paper


  • Make sure your herbs are clean and completely DRY.
  • Working with one herb at a time, lay them out in a single layer on a piece of paper that will fit in your microwave. If possible, remove the leaves from the stems.
  • Microwave on full power for anywhere from 30 - 90 seconds, depending on your herbs and your particular microwave. (see chart above)
  • Check the herbs and if they feel crisp they are done, but if they feel soft, microwave them for a few more seconds. Don't over-do it or they will turn brown and burn.
  • Let the dried herbs cool down and then crush them with clean hands, and package them in small jars or plastic bags.
  • Store in a cool dark place and use within 6 months.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


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    July 29, 2021 at 8:02 am

    5 stars
    OMG!!! I was Googling how to preserve my herbs for Christmas gifts this year. All I saw was roll and freeze. Ugh! Sounds awful. Then I found Sue. Can’t wait to cut mine and get started. I already bought cute little jars and decorative lids/labels. Big thank you

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