Best Traditional Chimichurri Sauce

October 3, 2021

Looking to break the pattern and try something new to tantalize your taste buds? Look no further and delve into this authentic chimichurri recipe from Argentina to spruce up your next dinner!

Chimichurri, a sauce all the way from Argentina, primarily goes with beef and similar dishes. However, it has the perfect tangy and spicy flavor to amp up the taste quotient of the entire menu and is versatile enough to double up as marinade for all other dishes. You can even use chimichurri sauce for turkey or fish.

As an uncooked sauce, this easy chimichurri recipe takes almost no time to make and will help you prepare a real chimichurri sauce with all its natural flavors. So pick up the ingredients and try the recipe right away. Bon Appetit.

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Taste Score: %70
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 0 mins
Total 10 mins

Tips

  • The red wine vinegar used in this chimichurri recipe can make it very acidic. Instead, you can use white wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar to bring down the acidic taste as they are both milder than red wine vinegar. If you absolutely must stay away from vinegar, you can also use lemon juice as a substitute but keep in mind that using red wine vinegar for this recipe will still yield the best results.
  • If chimichurri turns out too salty for your taste, add some water or saltless broth to get the sauce to your desired level of saltiness.
  • If the sauce is too vinegary, balance the taste by adding some oil, a little bit of honey, or a pinch of sugar.
  • Have enough parsley at hand, and make sure to chop it as finely as possible.
  • For a strong taste of garlic, add 4 cloves, and for a milder garlic presence, reduce the amount to 2 cloves.
  • You can add and adjust salt, pepper, and chili according to your taste. Feel free to use either fresh or dry chilies as per your preference.
  • For a cilantro chimichurri recipe, use a 1:3 mixture of parsley and cilantro. Also, leave out the oregano.
  • Don't overprocess the sauce. For example, if using a food processor, stop once the sauce is textured and not formed into a paste.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. First, prepare all the herbs. Start by rinsing and drying them, and then finely chop them with a sharp chef's knife. Next, add them to a bowl.
  2. Then chop the garlic and chili, or use a food processor to do the job.
  3. Add all the chopped ingredients in a mixing bowl and add in oil, vinegar, lime juice, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper, stirring all the ingredients well till combined. (You can make this ahead of time and store it in a refrigerator for 1-3 days to settle.)
  4. Taste test and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve your Chimichurri sauce on the side, or drizzle it over your beef and chicken directly before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Chimichurri
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
Calories67
% Daily Value*
Protein 1 g2%
Total Fat 13 g16.7%
Sodium 3 mg0.1%
Potassium 61 mg1.3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Chimichurri Sauce?

Chimichurri sauce is an uncooked sauce made by mixing up different herbs and other ingredients. The herbs commonly used are cilantro, parsley, oregano, basil and oil, vinegar, and chopped garlic. In addition, salt, pepper, and chili can be added for more flavor.

All of this gives the easy chimichurri sauce a herbaceous flavor with a hint of spice that is a bit on the tangy side. The best thing about chimichurri sauce is that the vinegar preserves the herbs, so the sauce can be stored for weeks in a fridge. But make sure to take it out some time before use, as the oil may solidify.

As for the sauce's origin, it originated from Argentina and Uruguay, where it was specifically used as a dressing for grilled meat. And while commonly made with only green ingredients, there are variations of this chimichurri recipe available made with red ingredients like a tomato.

Another variation you can try is making a chimichurri recipe with lemon instead of vinegar.

How to Make the Best Chimichurri Sauce?

There are two main methods to make the chimichurri sauce. They are described in detail below.

  • Hand Method: To make the chimichurri sauce by hand, cut the herbs, garlic, and chili with a sharp knife. Next, mix the chopped ingredients in a bowl with a spoon. Add oil, vinegar, lemon, salt, and pepper to the chopped ingredients, then stir them well with a wooden spoon.
  • Food Processor Method: If you want to make the chimichurri recipe using a food processor, chop only the garlic and onion beforehand. You won't need to pre-chop the herbs for this method. Put onion, garlic, oil, vinegar, lemon, salt, pepper, cumin, and coriander in a food processor and blend. Stop to scrape down the sides and add in the whole herbs, blending until all the ingredients are finely minced and well combined.

What to Serve with Chimichurri Sauce?

While traditionally served with main dishes like grilled meat, you can serve this Argentinian chimichurri recipe with other less traditional dishes as well. Feel free to pair it with roasted chicken, shrimp, and pork chops or use the chimichurri sauce for fish. The sauce can also be enjoyed drizzled over grilled vegetables and kebabs, so don’t limit yourself to just meat. Mix your chimichurri with your salad or use it as a dressing for roasted potatoes (roasted potatoes with chimichurri make a great snack).

There are also many other ways to enjoy the flavors of chimichurri. You can also use it to marinate food like seafood and meat or mix it with Mayo to get a tasty, spicy spread. You can even use this sauce as a dip, either as it is or mixed with yogurt or cream to get a thicker and creamier result.

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