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30 Tarragon Recipes For a Delicious Dinner

These easy tarragon recipes are here to prove just how great this little herb is. 

From salad and soup to chicken and cocktails, tarragon is surprisingly versatile.

Chicken Thighs with Peas in Tarragon Sauce
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In a world of basil, rosemary, sage, and thyme recipes, it’s easy to forget about tarragon. And that’s such a shame because it’s super delicious! 

It adds a touch of fresh elegance, and while it tastes a bit bittersweet, with notes of anise or fennel, it’s not too licorice-like.

So, if you’re ready to try something a little different, give these tarragon recipes a try. I know you’ll love them!

1. Creamy Tarragon Chicken

Simplify your evening with this easy and delicious French-inspired chicken dish. It’s creamy, flavorful, and tastes like fine dining. 

This dish features sautéed chicken breasts in a luxurious wine and cream sauce.

But the key ingredient is the tarragon. It’s fabulously herbaceous and adds fantastic flavor. 

This is one of those great sit-and-simmer dishes that give you kitchen freedom. There’s very minimal work, but it tastes incredible.

Throw some veggies in the oven to complete your meal.

2. Carrot & Tarragon Soup

This simple and wholesome soup will nourish your body and your soul. It’s loaded with veggies and fresh herbs, and the flavors are delectable! 

This soup is slightly sweet due to the carrots and a bit of orange. Don’t worry, though; it doesn’t taste like a hot smoothie.

Tarragon and other aromatics perfectly counter that sweetness.

The result is a delectable, balanced soup that everyone will love. 

It’s also very customizable to vegan and vegetarian diets, with a few minor substitutions. This way, everyone can enjoy a bowl. 

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3. Tarragon Tuna Salad

Buh-bye boring tuna salad!

This recipe is super flavorful and full of fun texture. If you love tuna but not tuna salad… this one might just change your mind.

It’s full of good fats, fiber, and protein, featuring canned tuna, mayonnaise, celery, nuts, mustard, lemon, seasonings, and lots of tarragon.

It’s nutritious and delicious! What more could you ask for?

4. Tarragon Chicken Salad

Like the recipe above, tarragon is a game-changer for chicken salad.

This peppery little herb will take your old chicken salad recipe from meh to marvelous! 

Juicy chicken, cranberries, mayonnaise, and seasonings come together to create flavor magic.

It’s creamy, crunchy, tart, and seriously mouthwatering.

5. Asparagus with Tarragon Vinaigrette

This simple, healthy side is as tasty as it is good for you. It’s so fresh and super flavorful!

Plus, both asparagus and tarragon have some amazing health benefits.

Asparagus is loaded with vitamins A, C, K, and other nutrients like folate. 

Meanwhile, tarragon has been shown to reduce inflammation and blood sugar while improving heart health.

So, this dish is really power-packed with goodness!  

6. Lemony Tarragon Spritzers

If you want something sweet, summery, and totally refreshing, this is the spritzer for you!

It perfectly combines fresh lemon juice and bold tarragon. 

The secret is the tarragon simple syrup. It’s made by simmering fresh tarragon in sugar and water until the flavors infuse.

Combine that with lemon juice, top it with fizzy water, and enjoy!

It’s sweet and herbaceous, with just a hint of licorice. Of course, not all herbs work with sweet treats, but tarragon sure does.

7. Paula Deen’s Crockpot Potato Soup

If a recipe comes from Paula Deen, you know it’s hearty and amazing.

And this Crock-Pot potato soup is the epitome of rich, delicious comfort food. 

It’s creamy, savory, and tastes just like a loaded baked potato.

Oh, and it’s super easy to make. It only requires six easily-prepared or store-bought ingredients, plus toppings.

Throw it all in the crockpot and let it do its thing!

8. Green Goddess Chicken

You absolutely must try this green goddess chicken recipe. It’s green because it’s loaded with herbs and it’s goddess because it’s DIVINE. 

If you’ve never had green goddess dressing before, you’re in for a real treat.

This homemade marinade has the same flavor profile with more meat-tenderizing power.

It’s made with buttermilk, tarragon, chives, parsley, lemon, garlic, and anchovy. It’s insanely flavorful, and the meat will melt in your mouth. 

9. Green Beans with Tarragon

I’ve always loved green beans. And luckily, they taste even more yummy paired with tarragon. 

Serve them in some butter with salt, pepper, and tarragon for a delicious side dish.

It’s fresh and fabulous. 

10. Sautéed Fish with Mustard Tarragon Cream Sauce

Tarragon and fish go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Honestly, it’s a match made in culinary heaven because it’s light, fresh, and delectable. 

You start by sautéing your favorite white fish to flaky perfection. When it’s ready, remove it from the pan, but keep it warm.

Now, it’s time to make the tarragon cream sauce. 

In the same pan, heat shallots until golden, and add white wine. After that’s simmered a bit, add in the cream, tarragon, and mustard.

Let it thicken, and then serve over your warm fish. It’s easy and quick but oh-so-heavenly.

11. Green Goddess Sandwiches

Sometimes your body just needs something fresh, nutritious, and green. This sandwich is the answer to those cravings. 

The abundance of green does not mean this sandwich lacks flavor, however. On the contrary, it’s made with artisan bread, fresh mozzarella, pickled onions, and loads of veggies. 

But the flavor really hits you with the green goddess mayonnaise. It’s jam-packed with herbs, alliums, lemon, anchovy, and seasonings.

It’s so good; I could eat it straight from the bowl. 

12. Seared Scallops with Tarragon Butter

This dish works so well because it is simple and elegant.

There are no complicated cooking techniques or elaborate seasonings, so every ingredient shines. 

Rich, briny, and buttery scallops are balanced by the peppery notes of the tarragon. Each bite is simply sublime. 

13. Red Leaf and Cabbage Salad with Grilled Tarragon Chicken

If you want a fresh and flavorful meal, look no further than this bold salad. 

The greens are peppery, slightly bitter, and full of flavor – there’s no watery Iceberg lettuce here! 

Top it with marinated chicken, tangy dressing, crunch almonds, and tangy blue cheese.

For a touch of sweetness, fresh apple slices would be a delicious addition. 

14. Creamy Lemon Tarragon Sauce

This simple sauce is a perfect addition to any dish.

It’s fresh, tangy, creamy, and delicious! Pour it over seafood, chicken, steak, or chickpeas, or use it as a salad dressing

You really can’t go wrong!

15. Fines Herbes Classic French Seasoning Mix

Add a touch of fine French dining to every meal with this fines herbes seasoning.

It’s effortless to make and works with everything

You only need fresh tarragon, chervil (French parsley), chives, and parsley. Chop it up, mix it together, and enjoy! 

There are so many ways to enjoy this mix. Make an herb butter, add it to mashed potatoes, or use it as a garnish. 

16. Crab Cake Sauce (Lemon Tarragon Mayonnaise)

As you’ve been scrolling, you may have noticed a trend: a lot of these recipes feature tarragon with lemon and a creamy element.

Well, that’s because the combo is fantastic! And this easy-to-make crab cake sauce highlights it perfectly.

Simply mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, tarragon, and chives together with some salt and dig in.

It’s bright, creamy, and super fresh.  

17. Tarragon Butter

For me, the best part about going to fancy restaurants is the bread. And that’s because of the specialty butter.  

This tarragon butter is fancy restaurant approved, and it’s so easy to make.

Grab some softened butter and mix in tarragon, lemon, garlic, and seasonings. That’s it. 

It’s creamy, salty, and delicious. Use it for cooking or spread it on fresh bread. 

18. Tarragon Olive Oil Ice Cream

Okay, okay… I know this ice cream sounds weird, but trust me on this. It’s chic, sophisticated, and so scrumptious! 

Obviously, this isn’t your average ice cream. The flavor is delicate, refreshing, and not overly sweet.

But it still has the rich creaminess that makes ice cream so yummy. 

Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

19. Tarragon Pickled Green Beans

These tarragon pickled green beans add a little zing to every meal!

If you like tangy and crunchy foods that are full of flavor, I know you’ll love these. 

You can eat them as a snack, as a side dish, or in a salad! 

20. Béarnaise Sauce

You know that delicious yellowy cream sauce they serve in steakhouses?

Well, this is that sauce! Classic French Béarnaise is rich, luxurious, and full of flavor. 

Having worked in a steakhouse, I can tell you that it takes a lot of work to get this just right.

But the good news is that this recipe doesn’t require constant whisking! Woo-hoo!

21. Grilled Chicken Tarragon with Tomato Sauce

This dish is simple and wholesome, and your family will love it. 

The chicken is marinated in garlic and tarragon oil before grilling. When it’s ready, it tastes fantastic. 

And when you add the tarragon tomato sauce? It’s flavor nirvana. 

Serve with pasta, roasted veggies… or both! 

22. Georgian Tarragon Soda

This tarragon soda, known as Tarkhuna or Tarhun, is super refreshing!

It’s very popular in the Caucasus region of the world, and for good reason: it bursts with citrus and licorice flavors!

The key element of this soda is the tarragon, lemon zest, and anise simple syrup. It’s peppery, herby, and yum-tastic.

To finish the soda, add fresh lemon juice and soda water. 

23. Tarragon Gin and Tonic

Surprise your taste buds with this fun gin and tonic.

This is the kind of drink you want to sip on a warm summer day. It’s fresh, fizzy, and wonderfully floral. 

It’s made with The Botanist Gin, which has elements of citrus, herbs, and flowers. It also features a delicious lime and tarragon simple syrup. 

The citrus flavors and hint of licorice from the tarragon are superb together.

A little more lime, celery bitters, tonic water, and sparkling water finish everything off. 

24. Beet Salad with Citrus Tarragon Dressing

Eat the rainbow with this colorful and tasty salad. It’s very healthy, too, making it a perfect side dish. 

Red and golden beets and tangerine slices add color, flavor, and healthy goodness.

Walnuts and goat cheese add flavor, texture, and even more nutritional benefits. 

Everything is topped with a delicious orange and tarragon dressing. It’s fabulously earthy and light and goes really well with roast chicken! 

25. Grilled Radish and Green Bean Salad

Looking for something colorful, flavorful, and loaded with veggies? You’re in luck!

Peppery radishes, sweet onion, and tasty green beans are grilled until they’re soft and delicious. 

The warm veggies are then tossed in a super tangy, acidic tarragon vinaigrette. 

26. Tarragon Vinaigrette

I love homemade salad dressings. And I adore this tarragon vinaigrette because it’s incredibly fresh.

It hits each of the basic tastes- sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. It’s also super versatile.

Obviously, it’s great on salads, but it can do more. For example, use it as a marinade, drizzle it over roasted veggies, or serve it as a tasty sauce. 

27. Mustard-Tarragon Potato Salad

Potato salad is delicious whether you need it for a potluck or just for dinner.

This quintessential summer dish is hearty and can feed a lot of people. Plus, it’s totally kid-approved.

This recipe is a slightly elevated version of traditional potato salad. It’s creamy and tangy, and all of the flavors are balanced.

28. Tarragon Shrimp Salad

If you love chicken salad or tuna salad, then you’ll love this shrimp salad. It’s crunchy, chewy, fresh, and delicious. 

Every forkful is wonderfully textured, with soft shrimp and crunchy veggies.

The sauce is creamy, tangy, and flavorful. Between the tarragon, scallions, and celery, it has a lovely, peppery bite.

29. Cozy White Bean Soup

Warm up a cold evening with this delicious white bean soup.

It’s vegan, so literally everyone can enjoy it. Plus, it’s hearty, filling, and absolutely delicious.  

30. Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Whenever I want to make something easy and delicious, I make chicken noodle soup.

I think it’s safe to say most people love homemade chicken soup. And this recipe features everything you know and love about this classic. 

It has succulent chunks of chicken, flavorful mirepoix, and perfectly slurpable noodles.

Simple spices and herbs add a delicious depth of flavor, too. It’s perfect and nostalgic, and you will love it.

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These easy tarragon recipes are here to prove just how great this little herb is. From salad and soup to cocktails, tarragon is surprisingly versatile.


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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