What is chimichurri
Chimichurri is a bright green sauce common in Argentine and Uruguayan cuisine. Authentic chimichurri must include fresh herbs, spicy pepper, something acidic, and lots of good olive oil. Our recipe takes this basic principle and adds a slight spin: using mint in addition to cilantro and parsley, and adding lime zest for a fresh bite. It’s super bright, tangy, and has the perfect amount of heat.
How to use chimichurri
Chimichurri is a traditional part of Argentinian barbecue. It goes well with any grilled or roasted meats, but it’s especially delicious on steak. The tangy, herbaceous sauce adds the perfect refreshing contrast to rich beef. If steak isn’t on the menu, this sauce is delicious atop any grilled protein, on vegetable salads, as a dunker for charred bread, or mixed into mayo or yogurt for a creamy condiment. These are a few of our favorite ways to cook with this spicy green sauce.
Chimichurri Shrimp with Barley, Pepper & Tomatoes
Seared NY Strip Steaks & Chicken with Chimichurri & Quinoa-Vegetable Salad
Queso & Pepper Arepas with Kale-Avocado Salad
How to make chimichurri
Making chimichurri at home is easy. The most important part of this recipe is to finely chop all of your ingredients. The goal here is to create a cohesive, smooth mixture. A little texture is okay, but this is meant to be a sauce, not a salad!
Makes 1 cup
Cook time: 10 minutes
- 20g / ¼ bunch parsley leaves and stems, finely chopped (to yield ⅓ cup)
- 20g / ¼ bunch cilantro leaves and stems, finely chopped (to yield ⅓ cup)
- 6g / ¼ packed cup mint leaves, finely chopped
- 1 large garlic clove, zested
- 3 tbsp finely chopped shallot
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 1 jalapeño pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped
- ½ cup olive oil
Place all ingredients in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Stir to thoroughly combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve with grilled meats, salads, or as a dip for charred bread. Chimichurri can also be used as a marinade.
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