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Favorite uses for fresh oregano?

Caitlin McGrath Jul 29, 2013 12:03 AM

Oregano is one of the few green herbs that I think retains reasonably good flavor when dried, but I love how bright and aromatic it is when fresh. What are favorite dishes you make with fresh oregano (and in which you wouldn't sub dried)?

I don't eat red meat, so for myself, I'd especially welcome ideas for vegetables, poultry, or fish/shellfish.

  1. Caitlin McGrath Aug 5, 2013 01:01 AM

    Thanks for all the terrific suggestions. Looking forward to playing with fresh oregano.

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      DavyTheFatBoy Jul 30, 2013 06:58 PM

      Gennaro's in NYC summer salad - cubed watermelon, crumbled goat cheese, just a little excellent olive oil, sea salt, fresh oregano

      1. ipsedixit Jul 30, 2013 06:51 PM

        I've stir-fried with corn and leeks.

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          travelmad478 Jul 30, 2013 08:14 AM

          Greek chicken: marinate chicken ~2 hours with fresh oregano, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and S&P. Grill or broil.

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          1. re: travelmad478
            valerie Jul 30, 2013 12:44 PM

            This Martha Stewart recipe for Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Oregano is very good.


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            sparky403 Jul 30, 2013 12:12 AM

            I spatchcocked Cornish game hens and did this Bobby Flay recipe...... pretty damn delicious and a very elegant presentation tooo..


            I used fresh oregano for pork Sovalki this weekend - very good...

            I got scared off (foolishly) many years ago from using a Oragano (dried not fresh).... it completed destroyed my 'sunday' gravy ( okay it was likely wenesday gravy). So I have just recently discovered fresh oregano.... it's under used and under apriciated IMHO.....

            I use dried organo lots now.... However, I use the Mexican variety.... I should start a new thread on this.. Mexican oregano ( I belive it's actually lemon verbena?) is easier for me to cook with and I do often...

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            1. re: sparky403
              JonParker Jul 30, 2013 05:27 AM

              Mexican oregano is not lemon verbena, which has a nice lemony flavor, but it is a verbena rather than a mint, which is what Mediterranean oregano is.

              Confusing, I know. I grow and use both. I also grow and use Cuban oregano, which is also called Mexican mint.

              I do a lot of Mexican cooking and use Mexican oregano frequently. They all have their uses. To some degree they are interchangeable, but there are subtlties that make knowing the difference worthwhile.

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                chicgail Jul 30, 2013 08:22 AM

                Mediterranean oregano and Mexican oregano are very, very different animals. All you have to do is smell them.

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              ellabee Jul 29, 2013 11:47 AM

              Fresh oregano adds a nice zing to Greek potato salad (dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano on warm cooked potatoes; chopped parsley a good addition, too).

              1. pegasis0066 Jul 29, 2013 07:42 AM

                Marinara with fresh herbs: basil, oregano and parsley.

                1. tcamp Jul 29, 2013 06:24 AM

                  In a greek-type salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, red onion, and feta.

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                    Googs Jul 30, 2013 08:17 AM

                    I just about every kind of salad, fresh oregano adds a nice kick.

                  2. JonParker Jul 29, 2013 05:41 AM

                    Oregano pesto.

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                      pinehurst Jul 29, 2013 07:58 AM

                      Thumbs up. Mellows the flavor nicely.

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                        Caitlin McGrath Aug 5, 2013 12:58 AM

                        What do you put in your oregano pesto? I like the idea, and I'm thinking oregano might lend itself to a more elemental treatment than the cheese and nuts of pesto Genovese.

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                        treb Jul 29, 2013 04:21 AM

                        I use it anywhere that you'd use dried.

                        1. perk Jul 29, 2013 01:33 AM

                          i love it on pizza with tomato sauce and cheese. so many people use basil on everything these days, it's not to have the taste of oregano.

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