Soapy, Soapy Cyprus?

You may or may not be afflicted with “soap mouth” when you eat coriander (a.k.a. cilantro). To avoid the experience, you may painstakingly pick pieces of the offending plant off of your plate. You might even send your plate back. You might scream out in agony.

Or not.

Listen… I have a secret. Even if you think coriander tastes like soap, you should give the plant’s seeds a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. To me, the flavor lacks any soapy aftertaste.   I ate bunches of this stuff, straight from the spice jar, just to prove it.

Hopefully there won’t be any side effects.

So… what does Coriander seed taste like? It is reminiscent of celery seed – but much more mild.  Here’s the best way I can explain it: if celery seed and coriander seed were music, celery seed would be heavy metal and coriander seed would be a delicate lullaby.

That’s the best I can do.

While the lovely people of Cyprus enjoy coriander seeds with just about anything – on roasts, in stews, and with salads – I thought of some western dishes that might be perked up with it’s delicate flavor…

So, buy it and don’t worry about letting it turn to dust on your spice rack…

Here’s some uses for ground Coriander:

  • Sprinkle on top of deviled eggs, instead of paprika
  • Tossed in potato salad
  • Mixed in an omelet
  • Splashed top of potato-leek soup


  1. Donnie says

    Strangely enough, the leaves started out tasting like soap, but, after time, the taste went away. It took awhile, but, I was persistent. The same happened to my mother!

  2. Collette Lemons says

    I have never tried it so far as i know but would probably use the seeds over the leaves.

  3. Jessica Bennett says

    I believe some people notice a soap taste because of an enzyme in their saliva.

  4. Stephanie says

    Soap? I’ve never heard of that before. I LOVE cilantro, love it. Any guacamole or salsa I make must have large quantities of cilantro. In fact, I’m off to a Mexican restaurant that serves a salad with cilantro dressing, and it is just heavenly.

    Haven’t had too much experience with the seeds though.

  5. Hi Sacha,
    Thank you for your visit at my blog 😉

    I love herbs and spices, and I used fresh cilantro a few weeks back to top off a N African lamb “tajine”.
    I am like the previous commentor; I have no problemo with the taste. I love your uses of ground cilantro list!

    I have had coriander seeds on Mediterranian style olives. Yummy…
    Happy cooking to you !

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