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posted August 07, 2023

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is a bright and delicious sauce that tastes great on a variety of meats and vegetables. It only takes a few minutes to make, and it adds layers of flavor to steak, grilled vegetables, or even served over eggs!

Bowl of chimichurri surrounded by herbs with text overlay - The Best Chimichurri.

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is an Argentinian staple condiment, served alongside most meats cooked over hot coals. Each blend is as unique as the family who makes it, but most are consistent with bright green herbs like parsley and oregano, good quality oil, fresh garlic, and salt and pepper. My favorite version brings a little extra acidity with the addition of red wine vinegar and some heat with a touch of red pepper flakes.

The fresh, bright flavors of chimichurri are basically the perfect complement to anything you’re cooking over a fire. It makes rich meats taste amazing and gives roasted vegetables that extra oomph. If you want to feel really fancy, spoon it over your breakfast hash. It’s oh-so good.

Ingredients for chimichurri in individual bowls.

Ingredients for Chimichurri

Here’s what you’ll need to make this classic chimichurri sauce. Some of these ingredients can be tweaked as you become more familiar with this sauce and how you like it to taste. (Scroll down to the tips for some suggestions!)

  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano leaves
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Ingredients for chimichurri being added to a food processor.

How to Make Chimichurri Sauce

It doesn’t get much easier than this chimichurri sauce. All you need to do to make this sauce is to blend all ingredients and enjoy. For a more detailed step-by-step process, check out the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Add ingredients. Add the parsley, oregano, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper to a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend. Pulse to make the sauce, leaving some small pieces of herbs. You don’t want to blend this until it is completely pulverized.
  3. Store & enjoy. Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl or an airtight container and store until you are ready to serve. This sauce is best served at room temperature, so be sure to remove it from the fridge an hour before serving.

Bowl of chimichurri surrounded by herbs with text overlay - The Best Chimichurri.

Tips for Making Chimichurri

Now that you know the simple process to making this chimichurri, let’s go over a few specifics. Here are some tips for making this chimichurri.

  • Have fun with your own variation. Start with the base recipe as written, but adjust to taste. I love making chimichurri with cilantro and extra garlic!
  • Blend however you please. Use a food processor, blender, or mortar and pestle (just don’t over-mix!) Traditionally, chimichurri is made by grinding herbs and aromatics in a mortar and pestle. You can also make it by finely chopping everything and then stirring in the oil and vinegar. I like to make things easy and use a blender or food processor. It’s the most temperamental way, you MUST be sure to pulse (not fully process) or you’ll end up with a sauce that can pull bitter.
  • Use quickly. Chimichurri is best used within 24 hours. The herbs tend to brown and the oil separates after too long. Make it in small batches and use it up fast.

 

Steak covered with chimichurri sauce.

Recipes with Chimichurri

Once you have your chimichurri sauce blended and ready to go, serve it with your favorite meats or vegetables. Chimichurri tastes amazing over grilled steak. The herbaceous flavor of the chimichurri complements the steak beautifully. 

Chimichurri Recipe

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Bowl of chimichurri surrounded by herbs.

Chimichurri Sauce

Susie Bulloch
Prep Time : 5 mins
Total Time : 5 mins
Servings : 6 people
Calories : 175kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley (packed)
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano leaves
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients for the chimichurri.
  • Blend. Pulse until well combined, but you can still see small pieces of the herbs.
  • Enjoy. Pour the chimichurri sauce into a serving bowl, cover, and store at room temperature until ready to use. This sauce can be made several hours in advance. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You will want to remove the sauce from the fridge at least an hour before using it to melt the olive oil if it has solidified. Stir the chimichurri before serving as the sauce has a tendency to separate.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 976IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg
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