To boost the flavor of your dishes you can use dill seeds or dill weed depending on your recipe. And the flavor you want to reach. Whatever you pick, you will get a unique flavor you will like to repeat many times in your dishes.
Dill seeds and dill weed have different flavors, so they are not good substitutes for each other. If you are substituting dill weed with dill seeds don’t forget to add them at the beginning of the cooking. This way, they will have time to develop their flavor.
Is there a difference between dill and dill weed?
Dill is mostly known as a spice used for pickling. It pairs well with spinach, asparagus, potatoes, grains, zucchini, and summer squash. However, dill is also a common ingredient in many dishes with fish, seafood, and some traditional salads like the Greek tzatziki.
Dried dill weed is used in many dishes like soups, dressings, salads, seafood, and chicken to improve their flavor.
Dill seeds, on the other hand, pair well with veggie and meat dishes, soups, bread, pickles, salad dressings, and more, as whole seeds or crushed.
Do you know how much dill seed is equivalent to one head of fresh dill?? I am going to make pickles, and fresh dill is not available. Thanks in advance for your help. – Judith Cartwright (8/22/01)
If you must substitute, see below:
Dill seed is not a good substitute for fresh dill weed because of the difference in flavor strength but it does depend on the recipe. The seed has a camphorous, slightly bitter flavor, and the weed has a delicate flavor. The differences are like night and day.
3 heads dill = 1 tablespoon dill seed
1/2 ounce dill seed = 1/2 cup fresh dill
3- to 5-inch sprig of fresh dill = 1/4 teaspoon of dried dill weed.
Working on a recipe that calls for dill weed or dill seed? If you don’t have any on hand, there are several things that you can use in its place, including other forms of dill, tarragon, celery seed or caraway seed. Here’s how to make a successful substitution, using what you have on hand.
Dill seeds taste similar to dill weed, but they have a slightly bitter edge to them. They appear frequently in pickles, bread, salad dressing, and soup recipes. While you might be tempted to use dill weed as a substitute for dill seeds, you’ll get better results if you use caraway seeds or celery seeds in their place. Replace them measure for measure, and you should come close to the intended flavor.
Dried vs. Fresh
Dill weed is sometimes also referred to as dill leaves. It’s the bright green, feathery fronds of the dill plant. It’s highly aromatic, and tastes of caraway or anise, with a bit of citrus thrown in.
Substituting fresh dill for dried dill (or vice versa) is easy to do. Just stick to these proportions, and you’ll get great results:
When fresh dill is being used to flavor a recipe (as it is in pickles, soups, and sauces), use fresh tarragon in its place. To make the proper substitution, use an equal amount of fresh tarragon for the fresh dill, or dried tarragon for the dried dill. You can also use dried tarragon as a stand-in for fresh dill weed, but you’ll need to adjust the quantities, as it has a more intense flavor. Use one teaspoon of dried tarragon for every tablespoon of fresh dill called for in a recipe. Tarragon works well as a substitute for dill in seafood dishes and in salad dressings.