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.
I’ve enjoyed writing about my garden on the blog, and talking about how I use the garden produce in recipes. 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 Cooking with French Tarragon would be a good place to start!
This post has my favorite recipes using French Tarragon, plus a few more recipes ideas from my blogging friends. If this herb is new to you, hope you enjoy experimenting with it.
How to Grow French Tarragon
Here’s how the French Tarragon looks when it’s growing, and it can quickly get out of control! 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.
What foods does French Tarragon go well with?
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 are some of my favorite recipes with French Tarragon, plus a few French Tarragon ideas from my blogging friends.
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.
This lovely recipe for Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon-Mustard Pan Sauce is so good I would happily make it for dinner guests!
French Tarragon, Mustard, and Egg was a perfect flavor combination in these Tarragon-Mustard Deviled Eggs!
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Feta 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!
More French Tarragon Recipes to Try:
Chicken Salad with Tarragon from Simply Recipes
Tarragon Chicken Fricassee from The Kitchn
Tarragon Egg Salad from Simply Recipes
Barbecued Salmon in Foil with Tarragon, Chives, and Vermouth from Cookin’ Canuck
Mussels in Tarragon Cream Sauce from Blue Kitchen
Tomato-Tarragon Soup from Never Enough Thyme