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Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

This traditional, versatile chimichurri sauce is SO easy and flavorful. Make it ahead of time and serve it over grilled steak, chicken, or seafood. No food processor is needed to make this delicious sauce. Just toss and enjoy. 

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Chimichurri Sauce is super easy to whip up and goes well over chicken, steak, or shrimp

Chimichurri Sauce

If you’re familiar with chimichurri sauce, then you know all about its genius attributes. If you haven’t tried refreshing chimichurri sauce before, you’re in for a delectable treat today.

First of all, chimichurri is ridiculously fun to say out loud. My peeps have to shush me because once I get started, I can’t stop. Feel free to try repeating it aloud and have fun with it, but please don’t be mad at me if people start giving you the eye.

Secondly, this chimicurri sauce recipe is unbelievably easy to make. This recipe requires zero cooking or blending. That’s right; you won’t even need to pull out that food processor for this one. It comes together super fast, it keeps well, and it tastes incredible over grilled steak, chicken, or seafood.

Make a batch of healthy chimichurri sauce to use as a tasty marinade or as a beautiful spoon-over sauce…

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Chimichurri sauce ingredients include plenty of garlic and onion

What ingredients do I need for this chimichurri sauce recipe?

  • Plenty of freshly chopped garlic and onion are called for, which melds deliciously into this sauce.
  • Many recipes use parsley as the only fresh green herb, but we’re serious cilantro fanatics, so we use both. Feel free to stick with just parsley if you’re not into cilantro.
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil helps to bind the sauce together.
  • Dried crushed red pepper provides a zippy kick. You can seed/chop a fresh chili pepper, if you prefer.
  • Dried or freshly chopped oregano works fabulously in this sauce.
  • Red wine vinegar lends that wonderfully tangy flavor.
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Chimichurri sauce is a great marinade as well as garnish

What are some ways to serve Chimichurri?

This is the fun part. Anything goes, so let your imagination soar. We love chimichurri sauce paired with a myriad of dishes!

Traditionally, chimichurri sauce is generously spooned over luscious grilled steak. The steaks can be marinated in some chimichurri sauce for a few hours before grilling for extra flavor, as an option. If you use it as a marinade, be sure to have extra chimichurri to generously drizzle on the finished dish.

Chimichurri sauce is delicious over Grilled Chicken, Fish, and Shrimp. It would be beautiful over any variety of grilled foods, including grilled vegetables.

I sometimes toss chimichurri sauce over my grilled chicken salads for an ultra tasty twist. So. Good.

Chimichurri Sauce
Commonly Asked Questions

What does Chimichurri Sauce taste like?

Chimichurri sauce is the quintessential “everything sauce.” Its flavor profile is tangy, savory, slightly spicy, and herb-mixed. It’s refreshing and simple to toss over a myriad of meals.

Is chimichurri basically the same as pesto?

While pesto sauce tends to be basil-heavy, chimichurri indulges cilantro and parsley. Both sauces display a tangy balance, with chimichurri also showcasing a spicy kick.

What culture or nationality does chimichurri come from?

Chimichurri was originally popular in Argentina and Uruguay, but has become popular worldwide, as it’s fresh, flexible, and pairs well with a plethora of cuisines and dishes.

What goes well with chimichurri?

Chimichurri sauce is not only fabulous as a marinade for chicken or beef, but it’s also amazing as a garnish for grilled meats and seafood.

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

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Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

5 from 2 ratings
This traditional, versatile chimichurri sauce is SO easy and flavorful. Make it ahead of time and serve it over grilled steak, chicken, or seafood. No cooking or blending is needed to make this delicious sauce. 
Prep Time: 15 mins
Servings: 8


  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • cup finely chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 TB fresh or dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt, not fine table salt
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper


  • Combine: In a bowl, combine all ingredients and toss well. Let sit at least 10 minutes for flavors to meld.
    chimichurri sauce ingredients
  • Cover and Chill: If making ahead of time, cover tightly and chill until ready to use. Generously spoon over grilled steak, chicken, or seafood.


Leftover sauce can be kept covered and chilled for several days.
Try this tender, juicy Steaks with this Chimichurri Sauce.
Recipe makes 6-8 servings of garnish for drizzling over steaks, chicken, or seafood. 
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.4g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 236.1mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.3g
Course: Appetizer, Side
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Mixing

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    • laveremis

    Looks so fresh and delicious! There’s something about green sauces like this that just capture your eye and heart. Can’t wait to make this!

    • Kami

    Great recipe you have here. I pinned for later because I was looking for one last summer and couldn’t find any.

    • andag2

    This looks delicious, great post

    • Mama Maggie’s Kitchen

    Hmmm yum! This chimichurri sauce looks soooo delicious. Can’t wait to try this.

    • briezyy97

    Oh, this looks like a pretty good recipe. Seems simple enough and I’m glad that it is also healthy, thanks for sharing!

    • Yeah Lifestyle

    What a tasty sauce! I do like chimichurri sauce but don’t have it that often.

    • Carly Nicole
    • 5 stars

    Wow I would love to pair this sauce with grilled chicken! I’ll have to try it.

    • Catherine

    I love chimichurri especially homemade. Your photos are beautiful and this looks so fresh and delicious!

    • bethpierce2013

    This is a great recipe; I can’t wait to give it a try. Love how quick and easy it is, too!

    • Sara Welch

    I love a quick and easy recipe that is also delicious; yum!

    • LuciWest

    I love chimichurri sauce – but have never even thought about making it myself. I’m going to give it a try now. Thank you!

    • Eli, The Partying Traveler

    Chimichurri sauce is my absolute favorite! I haven’t had great chimichurri sauce in a while since I’ve been traveling in places where it isn’t really common but two weeks ago I found a taco place with amazing chimichurri and ate there six days in a row because of it. Worth it.

    • Geraline Batarra
    • 5 stars

    Wow, I bet this would really taste great on my grilled chicken. It has so many herbs on it. But what excites me the most is dried oregano and the cilantro..

    • This Ole Mom

    I don’t think I have ever had Chimichurri Sauce. It looks really good though. I definitely need to try making some.

    • Stacie

    That sounds so good! I’d love to put this over a steak or some pasta.

    • Michael David Oyco

    It looks really healthy. Adding a bit of taste might be suggest-able but you got a good stuff here!

    • Maartje van Sandwijk

    This looks absolutely delicious! A wonderful recipe for spring!

    • alwaysusebutter

    Love all things chimichurri sauce! And I love how you stayed through to the classic recipe and didn’t add too much stuff. Looks so yummy!

    • TheSuperMomLife

    I only tried to make this once and I think I did something wrong. I’m going to try this recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      I think you’ll love this one. Enjoy and happy spring!

    • Lydia Smith

    I always love healthy and easy to make recipes. This looks really good.

      • chewoutloud

      Super healthy and easy 🙂 Thanks, Lydia!

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