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How to Cook with Lemon Balm?

 
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Lemon balm is my favorite herb.  I have use it as a tea and to make an infusion.

I don't know much about cooking with it, so I want to learn how to cook with it.

Any thoughts or suggestions for learning how to cook with lemon balm? What is it good with?



 
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Well it's a mint, but one with some distinctly citrussy notes. So I'd think you could use it in an herb blend with meats like lamb, pork, or chicken.
I think maybe if you look at eastern Mediterranean cuisine, they seem to use a lot if mint, and experiment with replacing the mint with lemon balm.
I'm gonna have to see if we have any sprouting out yet to give this a try.
Let us know if you have any success (or failures for that matter)
 
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when I've cooked with it before Lemon Balm seems to loose it's distinctive flavor/smell.  
Personally I would suggest adding at the very end of the cooking, or after.
 
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I mix dried lemon balm and mint for my winter tea. In spring and summer I just pick some of each and brew.  This doesn’t answer your question, really I’m afraid, but it’s what I use it for!

There’s http://www.herbexpert.co.uk/cooking-with-lemon-balm.html
 
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I haven't cooked lemon balm, but I chop it fine and throw it in salad, hoping it gives a little fragrant burst of aroma with some bites. I've also chopped it fine and mixed it in after cooking, in hot soups that already have a lemony or sour edge.
 
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I took a cupful of lemon balm, finely diced it, and added it to muffin batter along with a spoonful of lemon balm extract/tincture. It had a nice subtle lemon balm flavor.

The book Alchemy of Herbs has a recipe for lemon balm and orange chicken that I want to try. It adds the lemon balm leaves at the end of cooking, just after the chicken has been removed from the heat.
 
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Because of its "citrussy" flavour, it goes well with fish.  As mentioned above, use it in salads but also in fruit salads, my preference is to chop the leaves finely rather than just adding them whole in the salad, but each to their own.  Cookies and ice cream.  You can also make a pesto that is good with fish or pasta. Or a lemon balm butter, I guess the possibilities are endless and experimenting is part of the fun!
 
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My lemon balm was getting rather unruly, so I decided it was time to make another simple syrup using it.



https://permies.com/t/141755/kitchen/Lemon-Balm-Simple-Syrup


I made some lemon balm tea:




Then later I used the syrup in a lemon balm lemonade:



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