Easy Chimichurri Sauce – Made with fresh cilantro, parsley, aromatics, Italian seasoning, oil, and red pepper flakes, this lively South American-inspired sauce comes together in minutes and adds the perfect finishing touch to all your grilled meats, fish, salads, and more!
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Chimichurri sauce is a refreshing, vibrant, and zesty condiment loaded with a combination of fresh herbs, dried herbs, oil, and red pepper flakes for spice. This herbaceous and flavorful sauce goes great with everything from chimichurri steak and other grilled meats to fish, shrimp, and even your morning eggs!
It’s the stuff you want to put on everything!
I love to use this sauce recipe as a topping or marinade but my new favorite might just be as a salad dressing tossed with cucumbers, tomatoes, and quinoa. It’s the best!
What is Chimichurri Sauce?
This is a quick oil-based sauce made with fresh herbs and seasonings. It originated in Uruguay and Argentina and then eventually made its way into kitchens all over South America and soon the rest of the world.
It’s not cooked which makes it even easier, and is known for its freshness and flavor additions as a condiment with grilled meat and seafood.
There are dozens of ways to make this sauce, but this my friends, is the very best way!
What’s in this Easy Chimichurri Sauce Recipe?
The only thing you need to do to prepare is make sure your fresh herbs are washed and dried.
- Salt & pepper
- Minced garlic
- Italian Seasoning Blend
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Olive Oil
How to Make Chimichurri Sauce
Step 1: First, add everything except the oil to a food processor or high-speed blender.
Step 2: After, pulse until everything has been blended very fine.
Step 3: Now, pour the mixture into a mason jar and add the oil.
Step 4: Close the lid, shake well, and use it however you want!
Ways to Use this Sauce
I have a fantastic recipe coming soon for using it with baby tomatoes, cucumbers, and quinoa. Check it out, it’ll be a keeper all year round!
Other tasty ways include:
How Can I Make a Smoother Chimichurri Sauce?
This sauce is known for its texture. It’s not puree which is why we add the oil afterward. If you do prefer a smooth consistency, then you can add the oil to the food processor and blend it with the other ingredients.
Can I make it chunkier?
If you prefer the opposite and want a chunkier sauce, you can chop all the ingredients by hand and then add them to a jar. Slowly whisk in the vinegar, followed by the oil.
Can you Freeze Chimichurri Sauce?
Absolutely! Once stored in the fridge it does last up to 1 week, however, if you want to set some aside to freeze for later, you can.
I like to freeze it in smaller portions using an ice cube tray. That way I can just thaw and use what I need at a time.
Thaw it in the fridge and then bring it to room temperature since it doesn’t need to be heated.
Is Chimichurri Sauce Spicy?
It has a bit of a kick to it and a slight heat, but it’s much more flavorful than it is spicy. If you’re not used to any kind of spice, you might find it hot.
You can adjust the spice level by reducing or increasing the number of red pepper flakes you add to your chimichurri sauce.
Easy Chimichurri Sauce
- Into your food processor add all your ingredients except for oil. Blend until very fine, scraping down the mixture with spatula.
- Place the mixture into a mason jar. Add olive oil, cover with lid, shake and enjoy.
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