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Ingredient Spotlight: Cilantro

Fresh Cilantro

Cilantro is Coriander.  Coriander is Cilantro.  That being said — the flavors are very different and cannot be substituted for each other.  Cilantro refers to the leaves of the plant and Coriander the seeds.  With that, there are some areas of the world that will refer to the leaves as fresh coriander or coriander leaves.

Cilantro looks a little similar to flat leave parsley so make sure to look carefully if getting it at the market.  You want to make sure that the leaves are nice and green.  Stay away from yellowing and wilting.  Once you have the cilantro home (or bring it inside from the garden) do not wash it until you are ready to use it.  The excess moisture will turn the cilantro into green slime while being stored.  It’s best to store in the refrigerator by cutting the ends and placing in a jar of water and leaves loosely covered with a plastic bag.  Then wash before use.

Cilantro is one of those foods that seems to fall on the love verses hate spectrum.  There are a lot of people out there that do not respond well to the taste which is sharp and has a bit of a citrus overtone.  Personally I am a big fan of it.  I think the important thing to remember is that a little goes a long way.  If a recipe calls for a lot of cilantro it generally means that there are a lot of other strong flavors that it will be melding with.

Below are some great dishes from Green Door Hospitality that include Cilantro.  Simply click on the image to be taken to recipe!

Fiesta Cups

Table Salsa

Black Bean Salad

What foods do you like to make with Cilantro?

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14 comments on “Ingredient Spotlight: Cilantro

  1. gotasté
    April 30, 2013

    Thank you for highlighting this ingredient/herb Kenley. My indian friends love it and I like the fragrance too.

  2. thingsmybellylikes
    April 30, 2013

    I LOVE coriander/cilantro. It does cause me some translation problems though as in the UK we refer to both leaves and seeds as coriander.

    • Oh I can imagine that the name changes can be quite tricky. Visit Ireland and have to remember to say coriander… back to the Americas and it’s cilantro…

  3. chefconnie
    April 30, 2013

    I love ingredient spotlights. I am picking up some cilantro today for salsa for a gig I am catering tomorrow. I find the salsa is better the next day.

    • Thanks Connie! I agree. Salsa is always best when it has a little time to sit and have all of the flavors meld together. 🙂
      Kenley

  4. now at home mom
    April 30, 2013

    We love cilantro very much and I’m planning on planting these seeds in our house very soon to always some around. My mother has a great recipe for a salad (with cilantro) that she makes at every barbecue; it’s delicious and everyone loves it! I should call her and ask her the recipe! 🙂 thanks for the info!

    • Oh, a salad with cilantro sound tasty and refreshing! I agree that growing your own cilantro and having it on hand all the time really is the way to go!
      Kenley

  5. Looveeeeeeee cilantro. We use it quite a bit in Indian dishes. Adds such a nice layer of fresh flavor to a dish!

  6. thethingaboutjoan
    May 1, 2013

    I never knew cilantro and coriander were from the same plant! I do love both of them!

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