forum: Food & Drink

#1 Wed 03 Feb 10 4:00am


Occupation Restaurant Kitchen Help
From Canada
Member since Wed 03 Feb 10

Coriander/Cilantro Replacement?


I cook a lot of Italian and Indian food but I'm allergic to coriander/cilantro. Does anyone know of any other herbs and/or spices that add the same flavour to recipes?


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#2 Wed 03 Feb 10 7:24am

The White Rabbit

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From Sydney, Australia
Member since Tue 22 Jun 04

Re: Coriander/Cilantro Replacement?

I'm not allergic to it, i just can't stand it. I don't think anything really replaces the flavour of it...thank god.

Well, I like the ground seed not the leaf.

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#3 Wed 03 Feb 10 7:32am


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From Melbourne Australia
Member since Sun 12 Apr 09

Re: Coriander/Cilantro Replacement?

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has a coriander flavour and also some heat, and is from a different botanical group to coriander, so you may not be allergic to it.
it is usually used raw, added to salads, - or to Asian soups, and it doesn't have the pretty sprinkle effect coriander has. (I find when I use it to garnish that the leaves must be placed or they land upside down on their least attractive side!)
I have often added it to Indian dishes when I have no coriander. It grows like a weed in my garden.
For Italian food I would be more likely to just use parsley and accept the different taste.

Are you allergic to coriander seed too? That makes it hard!

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#4 Wed 03 Feb 10 10:12am


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Occupation Why is the Rum always gone???!
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Re: Coriander/Cilantro Replacement?

or you could add a bit of dishsoap to your recipe. :P  which is what  cilantro tastes like to me..

Only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule or a cook.  { cowboy saying}
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#5 Thu 04 Feb 10 5:47am


Occupation mom and writer, in that order
From Illinois, USA
Member since Thu 22 Jan 09

Re: Coriander/Cilantro Replacement?

Nothing has the same flavor.  The herb I see suggested as a substitute most often is parsley.

Or, just leave it out and no harm done.

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#6 Mon 08 Feb 10 3:26am


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Occupation Duty Free Lancome and Fragrance sales
From Greater Vancouver
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Re: Coriander/Cilantro Replacement?

There is none. You either like it or you don't and I just cannot imagine not using it in certain dishes.

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