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Learn how to make chimichurri sauce with this quick and easy authentic recipe. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Chimichurri Sauce -- full of delicious fresh flavors, and it only takes minutes to make! |

Anyone remember that episode of Seinfeld when they talk about how fun it is to say the word “sssssssalsa”? Well, get ready for chimichurri!

Yep. And in Spanish, the double “r” means you get to give it a dramatic roll as well.


For those of you who have never made this sauce, it is an herb lover’s dream come true. Lots of fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus some fresh cilantro, garlic, a little red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil — it’s basically a parsley pesto! Definitely a simple, fresh sauce that pairs perfectly with grilled steak, chicken, or even fish or seafood.

Rrrrrrrrreally yummy. You should give it a try!


Chimichurri Recipe | 1-Minute Video


Chimichurri Sauce -- full of delicious fresh flavors, and it only takes minutes to make! |

Chimichurri Sauce -- full of delicious fresh flavors, and it only takes minutes to make! |

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 cups 1x


You will love this fresh, green and totally delicious Chimichurri recipe. It’s flavorful, healthy, and can be prepared in less than 5 minutes!


  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, tightly packed (about 1 bunch of parsley)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, tightly packed (about 1 bunch of cilantro)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh oregano, tightly packed (optional)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
  • ½ cup good-quality olive oil


  1. Add all ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor, and pulse a few times until chopped.  Slowly stream in the olive oil, while pulsing the mixture a few more times until the olive oil is combined, and stopping to scrape down the sides of the food processor if needed.
  2. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container (this is the jar I used) for up to 3 days.

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99 comments on “Chimichurri”

  1. I don’t think I ever knew what chimichurri sauce actually was until now, and it sounds wonderful!

  2. Look how gorgeous and green that is! Love it.

  3. I discovered your blog last week and I just wanted to say THANK YOU. So far I’ve tried three recipes (creamy roasted garlic and mushroom pasta, thai basil chicken and cashew chicken) and you are 3/3! I browse a variety of food blogs (asian, vegan, southern etc), but it’s nice to find one which merely has the common theme of AWESOMENESS.

    This chimichurri looks delicious. Can’t wait to bust it out when I next dust off the grill.

    • Hi Alex! Thanks so much for your kind words — I’m SO glad you have enjoyed the recipes!! That’s my favorite thing to hear. :)

  4. I’ve made chimichurri sauce once before and I absolutely loved it! I topped it off on some tri-tip, shrimp, and pancetta, and it was the most amazing thing ever. I’ll have to make it again with your recipe!

  5. Now that is amazingly green! This is my favorite sauce, but I always use 1/2 parsley, 1/2 cilantro. I’m going to try yours on grilled chops tomorrow. Thanks.

    • Mmmm, I love it with cilantro as well. I’ll have to try the combination sometime soon though! Hope you enjoyed it!

  6. love this sauce, and i can’t wait to try your recipe! such a gorgeous color – love it on everything, even just plain pasta.

  7. ahhh….I didn’t take the parsley of the stems..:(( hope it don’t ruin it to obviously isn’t as smooth as it should NEXT TIME.HAHA THANKS FOR THE RECIPE!

  8. I want to give this as a gift. Is it possible to can this sauce?

  9. I have been gluten-free for years but have always struggled with knowing what to make and recreating meals that I used to love to eat but didn’t treat my body well. Thank you for your recipes! My boyfriend (who is not GF) and I love them! 

  10. I really like chimichurri sauce, and I’m excited to see an easy recipe. My question, though, is that there is red onion in the pictures, but I don’t see any in the recipe. Am I just not reading it correctly?

    • Hey Donna, thanks for catching our mistake — we just fixed it, and we hope you enjoy!

  11. Will cook that tomorrow just left food Like the twist idea of cumin and chipotle powder.Have had chimichurri before but yours looks amazing.Thanks Ali you always put me in the mood to cook the good stuff.Had heart attack Jan.5 doing great know thanks to inspired recipes like yours.Thanks for helping me with your great recipes .

    • Thanks Jeff, we hope you enjoy it! We’re so glad to hear you’re in great health — thank you for your sweet words!

  12. The food processor looks like it has red onion in it, but I don’t see any in the recipe. Wrong picture or am I just missing it in the recipe? Thanks!!

    • Hey there, thanks for catching that mistake, we just fixed it! We hope you enjoy the recipe!

  13. Je vois des oignons rouges dans votre Food processor, mais je ne les retrouvent pas dans votre recette!!!

  14. The attached photo shows red onion but I do not see it in the recipe list. Should I use red onion and how much? Thank you! 

  15. Hi , thank you for the great recipe , i have a question , i’m pretty sure i see onions in the picture of the food processor , but it’s not mentioned in the ingredients , so it’s not needed?  

  16. mine did not turn out as green but delish-will use less lemon juice 

  17. I used your recipe as a guideline and made this for myself and two friends.  One friend liked it so much, she has decided to have parsley as a staple so she can enjoy this more often.  Thank you!

  18. This recipe looks and i think will tastes good in a pasta.  I’ll search for a pasta recipe that matches this sauce. Thanks.

  19. This looks AHHHMAZING and we love chimi sauce!  Since we NEVER get fresh herbs here (I live in a teeny fly-in town in the Canadian Arctic), I will have to keep this one in mind for the next time I fly out.  Fresh herbs WILL be brought home to make this!  What my hubby and I would always seem to end up doing, is eating the last of the sauce with corn chips and salsa so it wouldn’t go to waste!  Now I can’t wait to get to a real grocery store again!  Thanks Ali!  We really love your recipes and have not had one fail yet!

    • Thank you Chris — we hope you and your husband love this! And we’re so glad to hear you two enjoy the blog! :D

  20. Hi Ali,
    As a born Argentinian, it pains me terribly when I see professional chefs, foodies, bloggers, etc., to see that they have added CILANTRO to Chimichurri. There are many ways to prepare this, but there’s absolutely, 100% NO CILANTRO IN CHIMICHURRI!!! Try making it without and you will see the difference. Try adding more GARLIC if you want it bolder.



    • Haha that is pretty subjective my friend, I’ve always had it with cilantro in it and to be honest parsley is way too harsh and bitter on its own, I think that would be absolutely terrible

  21. Great Recipe :-) 

  22. This might be a strange question, but where did you find that little cute glass cup the chimichurri sauce is in, in the first photo?

  23. Thank you for this recipe that looks like our provenu pistou

  24. NICE, I will try this with SHRIMP ;)

  25. Made this today to go with confit salmon…found little too much red wine vinegar for my taste and did not need near as much olive oil as recipes quotes. Still very nice.
    Reading through the comments here wonder what Jeff is referring to with ‘the twist idea of cumin and chipotle powder’

    • We appreciate your feedback, Joan, definitely feel free to use a bit less of those next time if you like.

  26. This looks so yummy! My question is- approx how long will it “keep” in the fridge?

    • Thanks, Kandi! We think this should keep in the fridge for about a week or so. We hope you enjoy!

  27. Se ve exquisita, pero quisiera saber si hay un procedimiento que me permita guardarlo como conserva por mas tiempo, o si la única posibilidad es en la heladera por pocos días.

    • Hola Helena. Puedes congelar esta salsa. ¡Esperamos que disfrutes!

  28. OMG, the best chimichurri recipe. I made it one night for a steak dinner, and used it on EVERYTHING for the next few days until it was done.

  29. It can be used as a marinade when grilling steak, chops, chicken. Also sprinkle on meat while grilling to help keep it moist

  30. We make this recipe regularly and our whole family loves it!

  31. Best I have found- marvelous texture and taste! Excellent on steak, fish, chicken even on it’s own with blue corn tortilla chips!

  32. I Substitute green onions for the red onions, using both the green and white parts of the onion, I double the amount of lime juice and throw in some lemon pepper. Absolutely amazing!

  33. Made this last night. Added half a seeded jalapeno to the recipe. So so good! I ended up roasting some veggies (red pepper, cauliflower, zucchini, corn, red onion) tossed in some chimichurri and olive oil. Spread some chimichurri sauce on a fresh pizza dough. Topped with paper thin sliced potatoes, topped with the roasted veggies, some feta and aged cheddar. Baked at 425 for about 12 minutes. Made the most amazing chimichurri roasted veggie flat bread. Served with a kale salad on the side. One of our best dinners in a while. Thanks for the great sauce recipe!

  34. This is so easy and SO delicious on eggs, chicken, roasted vegetables, bread, fish, rice…

  35. This looks SO DELISH!! I seriously am going to HAVE to try this recipe soon… I have pinned it to remind myself! Thank you so much for the inspo!! G x

  36. What does everyone use this on? I’ve never tried chimichurri but have been so interested! Do you use it on chicken? Veggies? Is it a jack of all trades kind of sauce?

    • It’s my secret ingredient in soups, stews, and basically any recipe hot or cold that calls for parsley. If it’s a hot dish like soup add at the end of cooking to retain the fresh flavor.

    • Katie, this is a staple for Argentine “asados”, to drizzle on skirt steaks, chorizos, etc. and dip into with crusty french bread. It is most delicious combined with Salsa Criolla As an Argentine I cannot vouch for this particular recipe until I give it a try… which I will, tomorrow. ?

  37. Holy heck this was amazing. I used it on steak and a a salad then we dipped into the rest. So good I made it twice in one week.

  38. So delicious! I really loved this recipe.

  39. The best ever!!!!

  40. This is an awesome recipe and can be used on many dishes

  41. It is great on avo toast!

  42. Love this recipe! It looks so easy and delicious ?

  43. Wow! Easy and delicious (100x better then store bought) Got positive feedback from the entire dinner group. Will absolutely be making this again.

  44. Best recipe of all…..

  45. Soooooooo good!!! The best I’ve ever had!

  46. OMG! Just made it, spooned it on some bread. DELICIOUS! I’ve made other chimmichuris and they have been ok. This one if FAB! I used lime juice.

  47. I want to say this sauce is SO addictive. I used it as a sauce for my taco bowls and it added so much extra flavor. But now I want to try this recipe as a marinate for street tacos.. now how would I use this as a marinate. What is the safest way to marinate it? For instance, how long do I marinate for? Do I need to pat dry it before setting it on the grill?

  48. This is one of THE best recipe I have tried! Easy, flavorful and just the right amount of everything! My suggestion is you make it a 1/2 day, or full day, before you need it to let the ingredients join together!

  49. I made this for a dinner party last night and served it with Santa Maria Tri Tip. It was the highlight of the meal and loved by all. Well balanced and did not have too much garlic, a common flaw of Chimichurri recipes. Thank you for sharing this with us and I most certainly will be making it again.

  50. Made this for our dinner to be eaten on roasted cauliflower steaks. The right amount of ingredients make it just so flavorful. This is my go to recipe every time to top meat, pizza, veggies. Gives your meal that special something and friends and family love it!