Dried herbs are best used during cooking — either stewed in a sauce, simmered in a stew, or braised with meat. This gives them time to infuse their flavor into a dish and come back to life. Fresh herbs, on the other hand, are already bursting with flavor and best used without much cooking. Fresh basil, for example, is best used as is — simply tossed in pasta or thrown into a salad.
More: Learn when to use fresh herbs, and when to use dried.