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đŸ“‹Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is vibrant, fresh, herbaceous sauce that has a wonderful flavor balance profile of tangy, savory and a little spice. An incredibly flavorful sauce that is also called as herb (green) salsa is a popular accompaniment for grilled meats in Argentina and other parts of South America. Traditionally served with grilled steak, but it’s great on grilled chicken and fish too.
Prep Time15 mins
Course: condiments, sauce
Cuisine: Argentina, North America,
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 530kcal


  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves and tender stem
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stem
  • 1 small shallot or red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh oregano tightly packed
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 to 2 fresh red chilies (use red jalapenos, red Fresno chilies) -adjust as per taste, optional
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ -¾ cup good quality extra virgin olive oil


  • If you’d like to try the traditional way of making this sauce, use a mortar and pestle to pound the fresh herbs together along with garlic and other ingredients.
  • Or you could even chop everything super fine by hand like the way I did. A good sharp knife, a bit of patience, and a little extra time are needed to make this lovely green goodness sauce.
  • Chop fresh flat-leaf parsley, cilantro, and fresh oregano super fine with a sharp knife. I prefer to use a tender stem too that I chop super fine. The tender stem of all these herbs is loaded with flavors, don't throw the tender stem, include it into the sauce to enhance the flavor.
  • Mix finely chopped parsley, cilantro leaves, and fresh oregano super fine. Add chopped herbs to a bowl.
  • Finely chop shallots (or red onion), garlic, red jalapeno. Add it to a separate bowl.
  • Add red wine vinegar and salt to shallot-garlic chilies. Mix and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add chopped herbs, freshly squeezed lemon juice, ground pepper to taste, and good quality extra virgin olive oil.
  • Stir until well combined. The herbs and rest of the ingredients should be submerged in oil.
    Note: add extra olive oil is needed so herbs are submerged in oil.



Make it traditional? Use mortar and pestle to finely mash the herbs and all other ingredients.
Flat Leaf Or Curly Leaf Parsley? Flat-leaf parsley is what you need to use. You can change things up by using a mix of both flat-leaf and curly-leaf parsley. Don't have parsley, use any herb of your choice or that is readily available to you. See section Variations
Adjust Flavors - Taste the sauce and add more garlic, salt/pepper, red chilies, or whatever you feel is missing according to your taste. 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2699IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg