How to Use Mint in Cooking

Cool and refreshing, mint has numerous uses in the kitchen, medicinally, and cosmetically. While there are dozens of varieties of mint, two of the most popular are peppermint and spearmint.

Mint, spearmint

Mint, spearmint

In general, mint pairs well with:

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dried chili peppers
  • Lemon balm
  • Nasturtium
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Tarragon
  • Watercress

Mint has an incredible range of uses, from teas and cocktails to sweeteners. Below are some ideas on how to use this cool herb.


Add fresh leaves for refreshing aroma and taste to mojitos or mint juleps.

Freeze ice cube trays of strong mint tea for an extra special treat!


Dry the leaves and flowers, or use them fresh. Chop 1 ½ teaspoons of dried (or 3 teaspoons of fresh) leaves. Cover and steep in a cup of hot water for 10-15 minutes. Store dried leaves in an airtight container. For iced tea, simply add ice.

Roast vegetables, lamb, or fish

Add 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped mint (or 1 tablespoon of dried chopped mint) during the last 2 minutes of cooking for each quart of vegetables or pound of meat.


Add minced leaves to cream or cottage cheese and mix well. Pair with crackers.

Fruits, juices, salads, and sweets

Add chopped mint to applesauce, baked apples, or fruit compotes.

Add fresh flowers to salads.

Blend chopped mint with orange or apple juice for a fresh drink.

Grow Fresh Mint

If you liked what you read and want to easily grow your own fresh mint, check out our soil-free, self-watering Mint Herb Garden Kit.


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