Garlicky Herbed Goat Cheese: Easy Recipe

I’ve always had a soft spot (pun intended!) for the herbaceous tang of goat cheese. It’s become a favorite in my kitchen because it brings an instant touch of gourmet goodness to so many dishes and preparations. 


Herbed Goat Cheese

You can transform a log of store-bought goat cheese into something extraordinary in just minutes.  Here’s my go-to technique:

Quick and Easy Herbed Goat Cheese Spread

The foundation of a delicious herbed goat cheese spread is a good quality GOAT CHEESE. Seek out a package that’s been allowed to come to room temperature. This is key for the best flavor and a smooth, spreadable texture for easy mixing. This simple recipe makes around four servings, so if you’re expecting a crowd, be sure to double it up!

Now, for the vibrant aromatics! DILL is the true star of this spread. Use fresh fronds for the most vibrant flavor and a lovely visual appeal – perfect for garnishing later. FLAT LEAF PARSLEY adds an extra dose of brightness to the mix.

A touch of GARLIC, finely grated with a microplane, offers a savory depth. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the amount to your liking. If you like a little kick, a pinch of RED PEPPER FLAKES adds a subtle touch of heat.

To round things off, a bit of LEMON JUICE and ZEST provides balance and a hint of acidity. It’s all about finding the harmonious interplay of these flavors. Finally, a drizzle of EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL helps everything come together with a luscious consistency, great for blending and for that final drizzle before serving.

Perfect Pairings and Uses

The versatility of herbed goat cheese is one of its biggest strengths.  Here are some of my favorite combinations:

  • Spread it thickly on slices of crusty artisan bread, especially sourdough, then top with a simple tomato salad.
  • Use as a base for grilled cheese sandwiches – it adds so much savory depth.
  • Dollop on scrambled or fried eggs for an extra touch of flavor.
  • Toss it with roasted vegetables for a simple yet elegant side dish.
  • Add it to warm pasta for a creamy, yet tangy sauce.

I always tell friends who feel intimidated by goat cheese to start with something like this herbed spread. The flavors are approachable, it’s incredibly easy to prepare, and a perfect way to experiment when entertaining.

Nutritional Information

Serving1 serving
Calories89 kcal
Carbohydrates1 g
Protein5 g
Fat7 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat2 g
Cholesterol13 mg
Sodium152 mg

Herbed Goat Cheese Recipe

Recipe by Whisk and NibbleCourse: AppetizersCuisine: Mediterranean


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It’s a versatile and delicious addition to any appetizer spread or as a topping for grilled meats and vegetables.


  • 8-ounce package goat cheese, softened

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (your choice of dill, parsley, basil, chives, etc.)

  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Combine: In a bowl, gently mash the goat cheese with a fork. Fold in the chopped herbs, garlic, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  • Flavor: Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Serve: Serve immediately as a spread with crackers, vegetables, or grilled meats. Or cover and refrigerate for later use.


  • Experiment with different herb combinations – fresh rosemary, thyme, and mint are also delicious options.
  • If you don’t have fresh herbs, substitute with a teaspoon or two of dried herbs like oregano or Italian seasoning.
  • Store leftover herbed goat cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

What Kind of Herbs to Use with This Recipe?

The beauty of this herbed goat cheese recipe is its adaptability. While dill is the foundation, there’s so much room for experimentation with other fresh herbs!

  • Fresh Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme: These classic herbs are always a great choice, adding depth and savory notes.
  • Mint, Basil: If you enjoy a burst of freshness, consider adding mint or basil, especially during the summer months when they’re prolific. These herbs can be torn or sliced and offer a lovely contrast to the goat cheese.
  • Combinations: Don’t be afraid to play with combinations of herbs! The key is to choose flavors that you enjoy and that complement each other.

Dried Herb Variations

Fresh herbs add a vibrant touch to herbed goat cheese, but don’t underestimate the convenience of dried herbs! A sprinkle of dried oregano, thyme, or a blend like Italian seasoning offers a classic goat cheese with dried herbs flavor that’s perfect for quick additions and everyday enjoyment.

Ways to Serve This Garlicky Herbed Goat Cheese:

The possibilities are truly endless! Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy this delicious spread:

  • Classic and Simple: Spread on a crusty loaf of artisan sourdough to accompany soup or another entree. It’s even better if the bread is sliced extra-thick and lightly grilled.
  • Elevated Appetizer: Serve with crackers or a colorful array of fresh veggies for a quick and satisfying appetizer.
  • Exceptional Sandwiches: This spread is phenomenal with smoked salmon, Italian deli meats, or roasted and grilled vegetables.
  • Egg-cellent Addition: Stuff it into an omelette or crumble it into a frittata – it pairs fantastically with eggs.
  • Creative with Pasta: Toss with warm pasta for a fast and creamy sauce, or even layer it into a vegetarian lasagna for extra richness.

What Else Can I Use This Marinated Goat Cheese For?

Besides being a wonderful appetizer, there are countless ways to enjoy both the marinated goat cheese and its flavorful herby oil. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Savory Breakfast or Brunch: Top toasted whole-grain bread with a jammy egg and a round slice of marinated goat cheese. For extra indulgence, grill some chicken breasts and tent them with foil as they rest, allowing the cheese to get soft and melty on top.
  • Flavorful Salads: Crumble the cheese over a salad or slice the log into thick slices and place it on a bed of greens. Roasted beets, a splash of lemon juice, and some toasted pine nuts add complementary textures and flavors.
  • Beyond Appetizers: Use it as a sandwich spread, crumble it onto pizzas before baking, or toss it with arugula for a vibrant salad.
  • Don’t Forget the Oil! The leftover marinade oil is fantastic for drizzling on salads or bread. Consider saving it in a jar for an easy, flavorful gift!

Remember, a warm crusty baguette and crackers are always perfect for dipping, especially when you serve a little bowl of the herby oil on the side for an added layer of flavor.

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Tips for Making Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

Want to make your Herb Marinated Goat Cheese experience even better? Here are some inside tips:

  • Perfect Slices: For beautiful goat cheese rounds during marinating, use a sharp knife. If the cheese is crumbly, try lightly spraying the knife with cooking spray or even using unflavored fishing line for clean cuts.
  • Seek out Chèvre: Many larger grocery stores offer goat cheese logs labeled as “chèvre” – this indicates a soft and creamy style perfect for this recipe.
  • Olive Oil Matters: Invest in a good quality olive oil. Popular brands like Colavita Premium are readily available at the grocery store. If you’re a Costco member, their Kirkland brand olive oil is also a good choice.
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Talk: Chef Samin Nosrat of the highly esteemed book and documentary “Salt Fat Acid Heat” recommends seeking out sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil for the best flavor. Look for the prettiest, brightest red jars!
  • Lemon Love: While fancy lemons can get ridiculously expensive, a basic, fresh lemon from your local grocery store! Be sure to buy a reasonably sized one with a little give to ensure it’s super juicy.
  • Presentation is Key: Place your Herb Marinated Goat Cheese in a pretty bowl and let it come to room temperature on the counter for about an hour before serving. A little sunshine in your kitchen won’t hurt either! It’ll soften the cheese beautifully and release those gorgeous herb flavors. And remember, those reserved garnishes will add the perfect finishing touch.

​​How Long Does Marinated Goat Cheese Last?

When properly stored in the fridge and covered with oil, your marinated goat cheese should stay delicious for up to 10 days. Remember, it’s always best to use the freshest cheese possible for optimal flavor.

Can You Freeze Goat Cheese?

Absolutely! Freezing goat cheese is a great way to preserve it, though there might be slight changes in texture. The good news is, the flavor remains largely intact and the process is incredibly straightforward.

While not as simple as tossing goat cheese in the freezer and closing the door, there’s not much involved. With a little preparation, you can properly preserve your delectable goat cheese to be enjoyed at a later date.


Herbed goat cheese is a testament to the power of simple, high-quality ingredients. With its vibrant flavors and creamy texture, it’s an effortless way to elevate everyday snacks or create gourmet-inspired appetizers. Whether you’re an experienced cook or a cheese-loving novice, this recipe is an excellent starting point to explore the possibilities of this delightful cheese.


Frequently Asked Question

What pairs well with herbed goat cheese?

Herbed goat cheese is incredibly versatile and pairs well with a wide array of flavors. Try it with savory options like bacon, prosciutto, beef meatballs, chicken, or lamb. For a touch of sweetness, drizzle some honey or maple syrup on top. Don’t forget about nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, or pistachios – they add fantastic crunch. Fresh herbs like basil, chives, and tarragon complement the cheese beautifully.

What Flavors go with goat cheese?

Goat cheese loves both sweet and savory flavors! Combine it with fresh fruits, stewed fruits, a drizzle of honey, or even gingerbread for a unique twist. Nuts of all kinds complement goat cheese exceptionally well.

What herbs go with cheese?

Classic herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, and chives are always a delicious choice to pair with cheese. Fresh basil and parsley add brightness, while tarragon and oregano provide slightly more complex flavor profiles.

How long does herbed goat cheese last?

For maximum freshness, unopened goat cheese typically lasts up to 3 months in the refrigerator when stored in its original packaging. Once opened, it’s best to enjoy your herbed goat cheese within 2 to 3 weeks. Remember, the “Best By” date is an estimate for peak quality.

What to avoid with goat?

Goats have sensitive digestive systems, so it’s important to avoid feeding them garlic, onion, chocolate, citrus, or anything containing caffeine. Meat, tobacco, and alcohol are also harmful to goats.

Is goat’s cheese healthy?

Goat cheese offers beneficial probiotics, which are live bacteria that help support gut health. They colonize the intestines, compete with unhealthy bacteria, and can improve the immune system’s effectiveness, potentially reducing your vulnerability to illness.

Is feta cheese goat cheese?

While similar in their salty, tangy taste, feta cheese is traditionally made from sheep’s milk. Goat cheese, as the name suggests, is made from goat’s milk. Sometimes, feta can be made with a combination of sheep, goat, and even cow’s milk.

Does goat cheese melt?

Goat cheese is softer than many cow’s milk cheeses and doesn’t melt in the same way. When baked or heated, it becomes warm, spreadable, and even a bit gooey. Think of serving it warm with garlic bread for a delicious combination!

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