Inside the Spice Cabinet: Lemon Thyme

updated May 2, 2019
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In cooking, lemon thyme delivers the best of both worlds. It has a soft herbal thyme flavor along with a subtle essence of lemon, all without any of the bitterness we sometimes get from regular thyme.

What Is Lemon Thyme?

Taste: Sour
Most Popular Use: Soup, vegetables, meat

Lemon thyme is one of the many varieties of thyme. It’s a low shrub native to the Mediterranean and a member of the mint family. It looks just like regular thyme, with long, thin sprigs with tiny spear-shaped green leaves. You’ll notice a difference immediately when you crush a few of its leaves and breath in its sweet, lemony aroma.

How To Use Lemon Thyme

Lemon thyme is really terrific in any dish that calls for either or both of those ingredients. It pairs well in everything from salads and vegetable dishes, to meat, and fish.

Recipes for Cooking with Lemon Thyme