Green Seasoning

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    1 cup

Appears in

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago

Sweet Hands

By Ramin Ganeshram

Published 2018

  • About

Green Seasoning is one of those herb mixtures that is unique to the Caribbean and differs slightly from island to island. It is used in a huge number of Trinidadian dishes. In Trinidad, it’s distinguished by the use of a local herb called shado beni (Mexican culantro). Fresh shado beni can sometimes be found in West Indian markets, but if not, fresh cilantro is a good substitute.


  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh shado beni or cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped


  1. Process all the ingredients in a food processor until the mixture forms a thick paste. (Alternatively, process in a blender with 2 tablespoons of vinegar.)
  2. Use immediately, or store in a tightly sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.