How To Dry Parsley In The Microwave

Parsley is a favorite around the Allen/Bulfa/Turner compound. When Next Door Grandson was little, he would make “parsley runs” out onto his front porch to pick some parsley and eat it. His mother never had any to cook with because of his ruthless depredations. 😀

So I always grow plenty of parsley. I also dry plenty of parsley, so I have it all year ’round. Here’s how:

How To Dry Parsley In The Microwave

Parsley being cut“They” say to cut your herbs in the morning when the dew (if any) has dried. Just cut it. Don’t cut ALL of it: cut the bigger stems out the outside and leave the little stems that are growing out from the middle of the plant. Those little ones will get to be big ones, and you can harvest parsley all season. Cool!

Bring it in. Wash it and pat it dry between paper towels. You want to wash it, because you never know what’s been walking on it or whizzing on it or whatever. Insects have lives, too, you know.

Parsley dismantledPull the leaves off the stems. Put a paper towel onto a microwaveable plate. Spread leaves in a single layer on the paper towel. Don’t crowd them or overlap them or fold them over on themselves.

Microwave for one minute. Make sure the plate is revolving. If it isn’t, after the minute, turn the plate or the paper towel so the leaves are in a different position inside the microwave. They probably won’t be dry. Let them cool for a few (15?) seconds and microwave for another minute. Check for crispiness. You can feel by gently touching them if they’re dry or not. Put that batch aside to cool and do another batch.

parsleydryIn just a few minutes, you’ll have a couple of cups of perfectly dried parsley leaves, ready to crumble to powder or (my preference) store as whole leaves to crumble as needed.

As Charlie’s Aunt Ora Maye used to say, “Now ain’t that purty?”

TIP: Make sure the leaves don’t have any water standing on them when you put them in, or they’ll cook. Keep an eye on them and don’t over-dry them, or they’ll scorch or — very exciting — burst into flame and catch the paper towel on fire.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character accidentally sets something on fire.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “How To Dry Parsley In The Microwave

  1. Jim Hilton

    June 4, 2014 at 7:13am

    I just do very basic cooking, therefore I have no idea what to do with parsley. What recipes are better when parsley is added?

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      Marian Allen

      June 4, 2014 at 8:45am

      Parsley is good with anything savory, Jim! Fish, pasta, potatoes, meat…. It’s good chopped into melted butter, added to tomato dishes, or crisped in a pan or a toaster oven. You can substitute parsley for cilantro; the flavor profiles are different, but similar.

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      • Jim Hilton

        June 4, 2014 at 8:48am

        Thanks so much!

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  2. Jane

    June 4, 2014 at 9:54am

    That reminds me of an *exciting* time I had cooking a turkey!

    “The Day I Caught the Turkey On Fire”

    I was pulling the turkey out a bit to inspect for doneness, the process failed to be a smooth one, and Voila! juice splashed out onto the electric heating element. Flash Fire! I absolutely panicked and shoved the door shut with a slam! Of course, that was the right thing to do, because it instantly starved the fire of oxygen, and the flames went out.

    My specialty smoked turkey was a hit at the dinner table. WHew!

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      Marian Allen

      June 4, 2014 at 10:36am

      I love smoked turkey, yo! Never thought of doing it by setting the oven on fire. Bet I could do that.

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