Fried Sage

Fried Sage


Sage is the name of a herb with grey-green fuzzy leaves and a deep veined underside. It grows easily in gardens and the type I have is pretty frost hardy. Sage is also the name for a wise person or good advice. It has been part of traditional medicine in many regions of the world.

It’s not a coincidence that the herb and the wise man share the same name. Sage, used traditionally to improve memory has in fact been found to prevent age-related memory loss and improve mood. In addition, when it comes to cancer, it has been shown to prevent skin cancer in mice and to kill colon cancer cells in test tubes (see reference below).

I first ate fried sage about a year ago when I attended a friends wedding and the chef garnished the plate with fried sage – it knocked my socks off! So delicious and easy, I hope you try it.


  • Fresh sage, washed and patted dry
  • Organic canola oil or other mild tasting oil


  • Heat oil in fry pan until water flicked onto the oil sizzles. Turn it down a little.
  • Add the sage leaves. Fry until a darker green colour appears or slight browning on the edges. Don’t let it brown completely.
  • Set the fried sage on paper towel to soak up excess oil.
  • Enjoy!


This is a picture of the sage plant in my garden.

You can watch the first part of the recipe in this video.

This 30 second video shows you how you know when to take it out of the hot oil.

This is the final product.

Enjoy your fried sage, it’s delicious! It’s also super easy.


Healing Spices. How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease. Bharat B. Aggarwal with Debora Yost. Stering Press, 2011.