Easy Chimichurri Sauce

If you’re looking for the ULTIMATE condiment for any sort of grilled meat or roasted veggies, this Easy Chimichurri Sauce is it! Made with fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar and olive oil, this Argentinian sauce is bursting with flavor and ready in seconds.

Small white bowl filled with green chimichurri sauce and red pepper flakes.

What Is Chimichurri Sauce?

If you’ve never heard of Chimichurri Sauce before, let me tell you a little bit about it. This aromatic sauce is made with fresh flat leaf parsley, cilantro and oregano that’s broken down with garlic, salt, pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes. It’s thinned out with white wine vinegar and a good quality olive oil.

The sauce originated in Argentina and is most popular for marinating meats and serving with grilled meats or veggies.

Difference Between Pesto and Chimichurri?

While chimichurri has a similar appearance to Pesto Sauce, it’s taste is entirely different. I think the bright acidity of the vinegar and heat of the chili pepper really gives this condiment it’s unique flavor. It’ll take any basic grilled meat (chicken, steak, pork or veggies) to the next level.

Chimichurri ingredients in a food processor ready to be blended.

How To Make It

This is the best part! Chimichurri takes just a few minutes of prep and a few pulses in the food processor to come together.

  • Start by adding garlic cloves to the food processor and pulsing a few times until they’re minced, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Next add in the tightly packed parsley, cilantro, oregano, salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Then pour in the white wine vinegar. Pulse a few times, again, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Finally, drizzle in the olive oil while pulsing a few more times until a nice semi-smooth consistency is achieved.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can also use a blender or finely mince by hand.

Common Swaps & Tips:

  • Use red wine vinegar in place of white wine vinegar
  • If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can leave it out
  • Adjust the red pepper flakes to your spice preference
  • If you want the chimichurri more chunky, reduce the amount of pulsing in the food processor

A small white bowl filled with bright green sauce.

How To Serve It

When it comes to this quick Chimichurri Sauce, this condiment is best served at room temperature.

This sauce is fantastic with grilled chicken, steaks, pulled pork and roasted veggies, perfect for the Summer months to really brighten up the dish.

Sliced steak on a cutting board with green chimichurri sauce over the top.

How To Store It

Keep the chimichurri stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Before serving, let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

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Small white bowl filled with green chimichurri sauce and red pepper flakes.
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Easy Chimichurri Sauce

This authentic Argentinean chimichurri sauce is made with fresh flat leaf parsley and cilantro and is perfect for topping grilled meats, in tacos, sandwiches or used as a marinade.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Argentinean
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 43 kcal
Author: Shawn

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley, tightly packed
  • 1 cup cilantro, tightly packed
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • cup olive oil, good quality

Instructions

  • Place the garlic in the food processor and pulse a few times, to finely mince.
  • Add in the parsley, cilantro, oregano, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper and red pepper. Pulse a few more times, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Slowly drizzle in the olive oil as you pulse a few more times. Serve immediately at room temperature.
Notes
Chimichurri sauce can be stored in the fridge, covered, for up to 2 weeks. When serving, bring back to room temperature for best flavor. 

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: chimichurri, cilantro, parsley, white wine vinegar
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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