Looking for fresh basil recipes? Have leftover basil that needs using up? From cocktails to sauces and desserts, our recipes provide plenty of inspiration. Next try our fresh coriander recipes and fresh mint recipes.
When is basil in season?
English basil is at its best in the summer.
Whizz those basil leaves up with pine nuts, parmesan, garlic and oil (or use a pestle and mortar for a coarser texture). Stir it through pasta for a quick and easy meal.
Blend basil leaves with oil to make a vibrant green herb oil that’s great for drizzling over dishes. This recipe pairs it with Spanish-style snack of tomato and lardo on toast.
Infuse that herb into a syrup to make this refreshing and aromatic orange and basil sorbet.
Get that fresh, herby flavour by using those leaves in a cocktail. They pair perfectly with grapefruit in this refreshing basil cooler, which uses the stalks as well as the leaves.
Try whizzing up basil with just a couple of other ingredients to create a zingy dressing to toss through salad. This cannellini bean and roast squash number is a great example.
Toss basil leaves through ambient salads and they’ll maintain their vibrant colour and freshest flavour. This pasta salad is a great example.
Basil loves all kinds of fruit – here it’s scattered over a summery peach pavlova to add an aromatic, herby edge to the dessert.
Basil and tomato is a classic pairing that never gets old. Try slow-cooking tomatoes and then stirring through basil for a hearty and healthy stew, packed with flavour.
Bake that basil into bread, along with tomato purée, and you have a tasty snack or pre-dinner nibble. This pizza swirl bread is a great tear-and-share idea.
Basil helps to create a fresh and fragrant sauce for this pasta dish – it’s amazing what different just a small handful of leaves can make.