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Crispy Fried Sage Leaves

If you’re wondering what you can make with sage leaves, these Crispy Fried Sage Leaves are your answer! Make them as a snack or use them to dress up your favorite fall dishes.

Fried Sage Leaves are so simple and an addictive, delicious snack! Use them to top your fall dishes for a sophisticated finish, too!

I could eat fried sage leaves every single day for the rest of my life and never grow tired of them.

Sage itself is one of my least favorite herbs (I like it but cilantro, parsley and mint are the top of my list). Still, there’s something about crispy fried sage leaves that I can’t resist. The texture and flavor combination – with a little salt sprinkled on – is SO GOOD.

So says everyone else I’ve ever made them for!

Someone asked me the other day if fried sage leaves will keep and for how long. I realized that I have no idea because ours are always gone within ten minutes! No joke.

Fried Sage Leaves are so simple and an addictive, delicious snack! Use them to top your fall dishes for a sophisticated finish, too!

How to fry sage leaves

To make fried sage leaves, simply coat the bottom of a skillet with extra-virgin olive oil, heat until shimmering then add sage leaves in a single layer. Watch them closely as it only takes about 30 seconds or so for them to crisp up, then remove them with a slotted spoon.

I put them on a plate lined with paper towels then transfer them to a pretty serving plate. Or I just eat them myself straight off the paper, which is what usually happens.

Fried Sage Leaves are so simple and an addictive, delicious snack! Use them to top your fall dishes for a sophisticated finish, too!

I like a lot of salt on my fried sage leaves. Use whatever amount tastes best to you but I definitely recommend sprinkling some on as soon as you remove them from the oil. Remember what I always preach: SALT = FLAVOR.

What can you make with fried sage leaves?

We’ve covered that you can make them just as a snack. But I almost always garnish my fall dishes with a few of them, too. This Creamy Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi with Italian Sausage (that is SO GOOD, you have to try it!) look gorgeous with a few on top, and it really adds to the dish, both in presentation and flavor.

This Creamy Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi with Italian Sausage is so good you will be dancing in your kitchen!! Sophisticated yet easy to make and something the whole family will love!

Use these fried sage leaves in and on all of your fall recipes or just snack away.

Fried Sage Leaves are so simple and an addictive, delicious snack! Use them to top your fall dishes for a sophisticated finish, too!

Fried Sage Leaves

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Fried sage leaves can be used to top all of your fall dishes for a sophisticated finish, or just enjoy them as a snack!

Ingredients

  • Whole sage leaves, as many as you like
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, enough to coat entire bottom of skillet
  • kosher salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Coat the bottom of a skillet with extra-virgin olive oil, heat until shimmering then add sage leaves in a single layer. Watch them closely as it only takes about 30 seconds or so for them to crisp up, then remove them with a slotted spoon. Put them on a plate lined with paper towels then transfer them to a serving plate. Sprinkle immediately with salt to taste.
  2. Repeat in batches until all sage leaves are fried.
Kristy Bernardo
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Brandie

Monday 31st of May 2021

Oh. My. Goodness. These are absolutely delectable. How am I just now finding out that this is the best snack on the planet???

j

Sunday 14th of February 2021

just tried this, took ~1 minute for the leaves to end up crispy. id guess the freshness of the leaves, or how much water they are holding, determines how long it takes them to fry to a nice crunch.

Larry Lamont

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Love your recipes

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Thank you so much!! :) This made me smile and I really appreciate it.

scottie mancer

Saturday 7th of November 2020

would like to know how else I can use sage in, I prefer if possible to put it in the meal like stews stir frys etc.

thanks scottie

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 20th of November 2020

Hi Scottie,

You can use sage in a recipe versus frying them. I did a Google search for you, the link is here.

scottie mancer

Saturday 7th of November 2020

hi can you tell me what else I can use sage in ,I don't want it sitting on top of a meal but in it .is this possible ,

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