Grilling with Fresh Herbs

A small Introduction to Grilling with Fresh Herbs

Welcome to the “Grilling Techniques” section of our “Herbs in BBQ” series. This page is dedicated to helping you master the art of grilling with fresh herbs. Herbs can enhance the flavor of your grilled dishes in ways that spices alone cannot. By incorporating fresh herbs directly into your grilling techniques, you can infuse meats and vegetables with aromatic and flavorful notes that will elevate your BBQ to new heights. Whether you are grilling steaks, fish, or vegetables, the tips and recipes provided here will guide you through the process.

Why Use Fresh Herbs in Grilling?

Using fresh herbs in grilling adds layers of flavor and aroma that dry spices can’t match. Fresh herbs release their essential oils when exposed to heat, infusing your food with vibrant and complex flavors. Additionally, grilling with herbs can provide various health benefits, such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, making your meals not only tastier but also healthier.

Techniques and Recipes

Grilling Steaks with Fresh Rosemary


  • 4 beef steaks (ribeye, sirloin, or your choice)
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Steaks:
    • Rub the steaks with olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Grill with Rosemary:
    • Place a sprig of fresh rosemary on each steak.
    • Grill the steaks over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until they reach your desired level of doneness (about 4-5 minutes per side for medium-rare).
  3. Serve:
    • Remove the rosemary before serving. Garnish with additional fresh rosemary if desired.

Why It Works: Fresh rosemary adds a piney, aromatic flavor that complements the richness of the beef, making the steaks more flavorful and aromatic.

Smoking Fish with Dill and Lemon


  • 4 fish fillets (salmon, trout, or your choice)
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Fish:
    • Rub the fish fillets with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add Dill and Lemon:
    • Place a sprig of fresh dill and a slice of lemon on each fillet.
  3. Smoke the Fish:
    • Set up your grill for smoking. Place the fish on the grill and smoke over indirect heat until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork (about 20-30 minutes).
  4. Serve:
    • Remove the dill and lemon before serving. Garnish with additional fresh dill and lemon wedges if desired.

Why It Works: Fresh dill and lemon add a bright, citrusy flavor that enhances the natural taste of the fish, making it light and refreshing.

Tips for Grilling with Fresh Herbs

  1. Herb Placement: Place whole sprigs of herbs directly on the grill grates or on top of the food. This allows the herbs to infuse their flavors into the food as it cooks.
  2. Herb Basting: Create a herb brush by tying together a bunch of herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, or sage) and use it to baste the food with oil or marinade during grilling.
  3. Herb Smoke: For an extra layer of flavor, throw a few sprigs of fresh herbs directly onto the coals or wood chips. The resulting herb smoke will infuse the food with additional aroma and taste.