Garlic Herb Paste

Garlic Herb Paste

Garlic herb paste is a type of seasoning paste that likely originates from Mediterranean cuisine, where the use of garlic and fresh herbs is common in many dishes. This specific recipe combines garlic, Italian parsley, rosemary, black peppercorns, capers, capers juice, and coarse salt to create a flavorful and aromatic paste that can be used in a variety of dishes.

The paste is made by combining all the ingredients in a food processor or a blender, and then blending them until they form a smooth paste. The garlic provides a strong and pungent flavor while the herbs (Italian parsley and rosemary) bring a freshness, the capers and capers juice give a slight tanginess and the black pepper adds a little heat and complexity to the blend. The olive oil is added to make the paste smooth and to help all the ingredients blend together.


Course Herbs and Spices
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author N. J. Sorensen, RDN


  • 1 head garlic — peeled
  • ½ cup Italian parsley — coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup rosemary — coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns — fresh-ground
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 tablespoon capers juice
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • ½ cup olive oil


  • Put oil to the side. Add all the ingredients and blend well into a paste. Drizzle oil into paste. Store in refrigerated container. Bring to room temperature before use.


Serving Ideas: Lamb chops, beef and fresh bread.

This paste can be used in a variety of dishes, from marinades to dressings, sauces and dips. It’s commonly used with meats, fish, poultry and vegetables dishes. People enjoy using this paste as it brings a strong garlic flavor and a freshness from the herbs, and a nice balance of flavors coming from the capers and pepper. It’s a versatile and flavorful paste that can be used as a base for many dishes and add a unique and complex flavor profile to many Mediterranean or Italian-inspired dishes.