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Chef John's Chimichurri Sauce Recipe
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How to Make Chimichurri Sauce
This herby, garlicky, tangy condiment is good on just about everything. See more
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Chef John's Chimichurri Sauce

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"Chimichurri is a fabulous green sauce that's been steadily growing in popularity across the American restaurant landscape. This herby, garlicky, tangy, spicy, and very green condiment is great on all kinds of grilled meats."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. Combine oil, garlic, vinegar, salt, cumin, red pepper flakes, black pepper, cilantro, oregano, and parsley in a blender.
  2. Pulse blender 2 to 3 times; scrape down the sides using a rubber spatula. Repeat pulsing and scraping process until a thick sauce forms, about 12 times.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • To shave the parsley leaves from the stems, hold a sharp knife and cut parsley leaves from stems at a 45-degree angle.

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Dec 09, 2014

Makes about 1 cup of sauce. Use a regular mouth canning jar to make your next sauce measure the oil directly into the jar using the index on the side. Add the vinegar, spices, salt, pepper, and minces garlic. Now pack the fresh herbs carefully into the jar. Put the rubber ring, blender blades, and screw base onto the top of the jar. Tighten securely. Blend according to instructions. Remove the blender blade assembly and cover with a regular canning jar lid and band. Refrigerate until ready to use.

May 21, 2014

Wow, this was perfect. I always make chimichurri and usually just eyeball ingredients, taste, and add as needed. I followed this recipe almost exactly ,i tasted it and it was perfect! I didnt have to add anything! I only had 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar and didnt have fresh oregano so I used about a few shakes of dried oregano. It was such a perfect balance of flavors. This will be my go to chimi recipe from now on!

Oct 05, 2014

To give this recipe a 5 stars is an injustice. It really deserves 10 stars! I made this last night to go with a slow cooked beef shank in a wine reduction. It was amazing!!! The only thing I did differently is add more garlic because we like extra garlic. Other than that, this recipe is good to go as is. My boyfriend and I enjoyed it so much, we ate the whole bowl. Couldn't stop. It was THAT good. Thank you, Chef John for sharing such a fantastic recipe. We very much enjoyed it! No doubt we will be making this again very soon.

Feb 05, 2014

A great sauce chef.. added a little roasted garlic to emulsify lightly... Cider vinegar instead of champagne vinegar. I love the fresh cilantro and cumin... Great job chef...

May 08, 2014

Made it last night, and it was delicious! I couldn't find my regular recipe, and this was a great substitute! Since I didn't have white wine vinegar, I used an equal measure of rice vinegar and a little bit of lemon juice. I also used powdered garlic and dried oregano instead of fresh (definitely recommend fresh garlic if you have it in the house, but powdered worked fine as well.) This chimichurri was beautiful on top of grilled chicken breast, and tasted amazing!! (As for sides, we used roasted asparagus and mashed sweet potatoes with mini marshmallows, just for fun!) Thanks Chef John!

Jul 18, 2015

After searching high and low for the perfect go to chimichurri recipe this is it! The balance of flavors is perfect. I served it with grilled flap meat the first night, but have been eating the leftovers with pretty much anything I can put it on. Thank you for sharing!

Jul 03, 2015

it is so good. thanks chef John for sharing this recipe

Jun 29, 2015

Delicious! Used red wine vinegar because I didn'the have white. We had company over for a bbq and used it as a condiment on grilled shrimp, salmon, steak and veg. There was none left. Will definitely make again.


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  • Calories
  • 255 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 27.3 g
  • 42%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 304 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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