Easy step by step instructions on how to dry basil in the oven. This method quickly dries basil leaves in 45 minutes.
Keyword how to dry basil
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 45minutes
Total Time 55minutes
Make sure your basil is washed and completely dry. I wash the entire plant and dry mine overnight on a towel.
Preheat oven to 170 degrees. If your oven’s lowest temperature is 175 or 180, that’s fine.
Place basil leaves on a baking sheet, making sure the leaves don’t overlap. Depending on the amount of basil you have, you might need a few baking sheets.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until basil leaves are dried and can easily crumble. Mine took 50 minutes.
Remove basil from oven and crumble in bowl. The basil should easily crumble upon touching. I like to fill the bowl up with as many basil leaves I can fit in and then crumble with my fingers. You could also use a mortar and pestle.
Store dried basil in jar for storage. I like to reuse spice jars I get from the store. If properly stored dried basil will last 1-2 years.