What's a Good Tarragon Substitute?
No, don't try dried tarragon, it tastes like lawn clippings. I hesitate mentioning it, but in a pinch you can substitute fennel seed or anise seed for tarragon. Try a pinch of crushed fennel seed as a substitute for a teaspoon of dried tarragon (or a tablespoon of fresh). Start with less if you have your doubts. You can always add more later if you need too. This is definitely a less-is-more proposition, so take it easy. Licorice flavor can be strong, especially in mild egg, chicken, turkey, salmon and cheese dishes.
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