It is one of the most popular culinary herbs and is one of the four fines herbes - a classic French herb seasoning mix. Tarragon has a slightly bittersweet flavor and an aroma similar to anise.
Used in flavoring fish, lobster, meats, soups and stews. Often used with tomato, egg dishes and sauces such as tartar sauces to complement seafood.
Tips and Techniques
Substitute 2 tablespoons fresh basil for every one tablespoon of fresh tarragon since basil is a milder herb. To replace dried tarragon with fennel seed or anise seed, it's best to use an eighth of a teaspoon for every teaspoon of tarragon.