Bouquet Garni - Add the Aromatic Flavours
of France to Your Home Cooking

Make your own bouquet garni and the delicious flavours of French cuisine are all yours ready to add to your dishes. The benefits of doing it yourself is that you can tailor each bouquet to whatever you're cooking. The one below is a versatile, all-purpose mix and can be used for many dishes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more tasty recipes)

Note: Traditionally this French herb blend would be made with fresh ingredients. However, if you don't have fresh, just use dried. This is also handy as you probably have dried available all year around and can enjoy the taste anytime; not just in the growing season.

Homemade Bouquet Garni Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 7 tablespoons)

2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp dried parsley
2 tbsp dried oregano
4 tsp dried orange peel
6-8 dried bay leaves
20cm (6 inch) square of cheesecloth

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Chop the orange peel and crumble the bay
  • Add the herbs, bay and orange peel to a bowl and stir together
  • Finally, add some of the herb blend to the centre of your cheesecloth and pull all the corners together. Tie the ends with a piece of cotton or thread so you have a herby parcel

If not using straight away, store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 2 months.

Note: I use a heaped tablespoon if cooking enough food for a 2-person serving. So, if you're cooking for more or less people, reduce or increase the amount you put in your parcel.

Note 2: You can buy bouquet garni bags, which may be worthwhile if you plan on making and using this recipe a lot.

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