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Chef John's Green Sauce  Recipe
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Chef John's Green Sauce
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Chef John's Green Sauce

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"This is about as primitive as it gets. Take some garlic, capers, anchovy, and parsley, and smash it up in a molcajete. Add a little oil and vinegar, possibly a pinch of salt and pepper, and you have maybe the world's greatest grilled meat condiment. I guessed at these amounts as this is not a recipe that requires precise measurements; do everything to taste."

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  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. Crush garlic and salt in a molcajete or with a mortar and pestle until garlic has a paste-like texture. Add parsley, capers, and anchovy paste; grind into garlic until mixture is coarsely ground.
  2. Stir oil and vinegar into parsley mixture.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • You can use any vinegar or lemon juice in place of white wine vinegar.

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Jun 12, 2015

Excellent and a beautiful sauce; I made this some time back and am finally posting the pic. We paired it with bacon-wrapped, stuffed rabbit medallions and was exquisite. I used a food processor to mix.

May 10, 2015

I made it for Mothers Day to accompany Puttenesca Sauce for spaghetti on homemade bread as a spread. Wow, it is not just for steak anymore. We are thinking it would be great as a white (green) sauce on pasta. Great stuff and as with so many other thing you can make it yours. I used some Truffel oil in the mix.


4 Ratings

Jan 14, 2015

I made this with dinner the other night and it was fantastic!! I hate fish, so I was a little worried about the anchovy paste, but it's honestly delicious!! :) Thank you, Chef John!


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  • Calories
  • 135 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 13.7 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 403 mg
  • 16%

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

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