What herb can I substitute for parsley?

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The closest herb substitute may be chervil, which is a delicate herb with a mild anise-parsley flavor.

If your recipe calls for curly parsley and your reason for substituting is the texture and/or appearance, try substituting flat leaf/Italian parsley – many people prefer it.

You might also try celery leaves (picked from the stalks you get from the grocery store).

Ultimately you could probably substitute many other fresh herbs depending on how the parsley is used & with the understanding that they’ll modify the flavor of the dish – just think about the prominent flavors are and what herbs are frequently paired with them.  Try looking up those primary ingredients in books like Culinary Artistry and The Flavor Bible for herb pairing suggestions.

– Question Submitted by Jan

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