Question of the Day: Can I Use Basil Instead of Thyme?
Quick Answer: Basil makes an excellent substitute for thyme. However, you may want to consider using a bit less basil than you would thyme in the same recipe. In other words, if the recipe calls for 1 tbsp of dried thyme consider replacing it with 1/2 – 3/4 tbsp of dried basil.
If you’re using fresh basil to replace thyme, keep in mind that the sweet flavor of the basil is going to be more present than if the herb is dried. Consider using a bit less basil at first and then tasting the dish before you add more. You may want to make a replacement of 1/2 to 1/3 parts of the fresh basil for every 1 part of fresh thyme.