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By |2020-08-03T10:54:21-05:00July 10th, 2020|Appetizers, Chicken, Entrees, Healthy, Pasta|0 Comments

This post includes 50 Ways To Use Fresh Basil.  You will find fresh basil recipes, including Basil Pesto Chicken, Basil Pesto Pasta, Basil Pesto Pizza, and more.  Plus, How to freeze fresh basil and pesto and tips for growing basil.

Summer is basil season.  It grows rapidly during the summer.  Keep trimming back the plant when it gets large and bushy.  Even after a significant cutting, basil will be ready to prune again in a couple of weeks.   Basil flowers in the fall, and it indicates the end of its growing season.  Pinch off the flowers that begin to form as often as you can.  Basil will not survive frost and needs sunlight to thrive.

Each summer, I have an abundance of fresh herbs and are continually researching and looking for ways to use them.  Now that it is basil season, and we have plenty of basil, let’s discover Ways To Use Fresh Basil.

50 Ways to use Basil

Fresh Basil

Let’s start with How to preserve fresh basil?

When you cut fresh basil, trim it back on the stems.  Place the basil in a glass of water, just like you would do with fresh flowers.  The difference is you need to lightly cover the basil with a plastic bag and leave it on the counter.  Basil does better at room temperature.

How to wash fresh basil?

I know some people recommend not washing basil.  Why?  Basil bruises easily and turns dark, almost a black color.  Wash your basil by gently dipping it into a bowl of cold water.  Gentle pat or dry your basil with paper towels or a clean cloth.  At this point, you have to use it, or it will start turning a dark color quickly.

How to Freeze Basil

  1. Use a food processor to chop fresh basil.  Add olive oil to coat the leaves with oil.  Adding olive oil should help keep the leaves from turning black.  Scoop the chopped basil and olive oil in ice trays and freeze.
  2. When freezing whole leaves, steam them first.  Next, wipe the leaves dry with paper towels.  Place your basil leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet and put it into the freezer.  Once frozen, the leaves can be transferred to a freezer bag.  Get the air out of the ziplock bag before placing it in the freezer.  You can store the basil in the freezer for up to six months.

Use Ice Trays to Freeze Basil and Pesto

The following picture is how I freeze pesto.  When freezing your pesto or basil (with Olive Oil), freeze it in ice trays or silicone molds. You can use chocolate or candy molds too.  I make a lot of pesto and keep it in my freezer year-round.  After it is frozen, place it in a zip-lock freezer bag.

Ice trays full of pesto



How To Use Fresh Basil

Add fresh chopped, or whole basil leaves to the following to add additional flavor.

  • Top pizza
  • Pasta
  • Blend into sauces like fresh or jar spaghetti sauce.
  • Appetizers like bruschetta
  • Tomato soup
  • Salads
  • Caprese
  • Garlic toast
  • Try making some strawberry basil ice cream.
  • Don’t forget to whip up some quick and easy basil pesto.
Use fresh basil whenever possible, and when cooking with it, add to the dish during the last few minutes for maximum flavor.

Is Basil Good for You?

Before we begin with recipes using fresh basil, let’s talk about the benefits of eating basil.  According to WebMD, basil is an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C.  It also a good source of calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.  In other words, it is perfect for you.

Fresh Basil Recipes




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Balsamic Caprese Chicken

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Wait until you try this Balsamic Caprese Chicken. It is so flavorful! This chicken breast includes thick slices of tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella all drizzled with balsamic glaze. It is perfect for those summer tomatoes and basil. #chicken #balsamic #caprese #easyrecipe

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Spinach Basil Pesto

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Basil Pesto Pizza

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Basil Pesto Salmon

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Basil Vinaigrette

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Strawberry Basil Dressing

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Tomato Basil Soup

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Tomato Basil Soup 

Instant Pot Basil Recipes

Instant Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Easy Instant Pot Pesto Chicken

Basil Appetizer Recipes

Caprese Salad Skewers Appetizer from The Food Charlatan

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Bruschetta Recipe

Peach Caprese Salad – quick and easy appetizer or meal

Basil Pesto Hummus

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Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

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Where can you purchase fresh basil plants?

The answer is just about anywhere, including Amazon, and grocery stores, including Walmart.

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Diane has been in love with cooking ever since she got tossed into the kitchen when she was 13 years old. At 13, Diane’s mom left her family. That experience leads her to discover her love for cooking. In 2011, she started a recipe blog, Recipes For Our Daily Bread. She works full-time developing recipes for her food blog, and brands she uses and loves. Recipes For Our Daily Bread includes quick and easy recipes designed to help people have a homecooked meal around the table. Diane has a passion for building healthy families with communication. She believes one of the best places to communicate as a family and build trust is eating meals around the table.

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