Cooking Tips for Gardeners: Cooking with French Tarragon
Here are all my tips for Cooking with French Tarragon just in case you’re lucky enough to have some growing in your vegetable garden! French Tarragon grows like a weed, and it’s a wonderful flavor when used in small amounts. Use Cooking Tips for Gardeners for more fresh herb ideas!
I started doing garden updates in 2006, and I’ve enjoyed writing about my garden on the blog, and talking about how I use the garden produce in recipes. This year I decided it would be fun to do a whole series of Cooking Tips for Gardeners, each time spotlighting something I grow in the garden that might be an ingredient not everyone was familiar with. And when I noticed that my French Tarragon was completely out of control a few weeks ago, I thought that would be a good place to start!
If you want to grow French Tarragon or try cooking with it, the first important thing is to make sure you’re getting the right kind of plant (and it can’t be grown from seed, so you will need to buy a plant if you want to grow it.) There are several types of Tarragon, and Russian tarragon and Mexican Tarragon are lacking the lovely anise-like flavor that makes French Tarragon so beloved. When when you see recipes that just list “tarragon” as an ingredient, it’s almost certain that it means French Tarragon.
I do think French Tarragon has a flavor that’s a little similar to basil with but with more licorice flavor, and it’s stronger than basil so you only need a small amount of chopped fresh tarragon to add a lot of flavor to a recipe. Tarragon traditionally is paired with chicken, eggs, fish, and a few vegetables, but in the last few years I’ve noticed creative cooks are combining it with many more things.
Here’s how the French Tarragon looks when it’s growing, and it can quickly get out of control!
Below are some of the recipes I’ve enjoyed that feature French Tarragon, and be sure to check after the photos for more recipes ideas from other blogs.
Recipes with French Tarragon:
When someone wonders if they like the flavor of French Tarragon, I ask them if they like Green Goddess Salad Dressing. I think that’s one of the first things I tasted that had this flavor (although at the time I didn’t know it was the French Tarragon flavor that made me love this dressing so much!)
Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Mustard Marinade might be a good one to try if you’ve never cooked with French Tarragon before, because the tarragon flavor is more subtle here.
I love French Tarragon with shrimp, and I really enjoyed the flavors in this Tarragon Shrimp Salad with Celery, Green Onions, and Celery Seed.
This lovely recipe for Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon-Mustard Pan Sauce is so good I would happily make it for dinner guests!
If you happen to have both fresh tomatoes and French Tarragon growing in your garden, you MUST make this recipe for Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Warm Tomato-Tarragon Salsa.
French Tarragon, Mustard, and Egg was a perfect flavor combination in these Tarragon-Mustard Deviled Eggs!
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Lemon, Dijon, and Tarragon Vinaigrette is a simple idea but the dressing is so flavorful!
And finally, the beloved recipe for Chicken Salad with Fresh Tarragon and Peas, which was one of the very first recipes I made when I planted French Tarragon in my garden. I make this every summer and never get tired of it!
Here are a lot more ideas for cooking with French tarragon, because once you try it, I bet you’ll want to keep using it!
More French Tarragon with Chicken
Chicken Salad with Tarragon from Simply Recipes
Tarragon Chicken Fricassee from The Kitchn
Pasta with Chicken, Tarragon, and Cream from Dinner du Jour
Roast Chicken with Tarragon Sauce from She’s in the Kitchen
Tarragon Chicken Salad from Lottie and Doof
More French Tarragon with Eggs:
Tarragon Deviled Eggs with Capers and Crispy Ham from Food for my Family
Tarragon Egg Salad from Black Girl Chef’s Whites
Cheesy Baked Egg Tart with Tarragon, Tomato, and Zucchini from Healthy Delicious
Tarragon Egg Salad from Simply Recipes
Strata with Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms, and Smoked Mozzarella from Herbivoracious
More French Tarragon with Fish:
Cod Cakes with Red Pepper, Tarragon, and Yogurt Remoulade from The Perfect Pantry
Salmon with Tarragon and Shallot Butter Sauce from Cookin’ Canuck
Barbecued Salmon in Foil with Tarragon, Chives, and Vermouth from Cookin’ Canuck
Tarragon Tuna Melt from Simply Recipes
Mussels in Tarragon Cream Sauce from Blue Kitchen
More French Tarragon with Vegetables:
Creamed Corn and Tarragon from Shutterbean
Tomato-Tarragon Soup from Never Enough Thyme
Avocado Bisque with Tarragon from Soup Chick
Cauliflower in Lemon and Tarragon Sauce from Fearless Kitchen
Cream of Celery Soup with Fresh Tarragon from Christine Cooks
Do you share my love of French Tarragon? If you have a good recipe using this herb, please feel free to leave your recipe link in a comment.