Chimichurri Sauce: Good on Anything and Everything

$2.20 recipe / $0.37 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.75 from 12 votes
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Okay, this love post dedicated to chimichurri sauce is way overdue. This vibrant green sauce is pure magic because requires only a few ingredients, but will transform anything you drizzle it on… and you really can drizzle it on just about anything.

Originally posted 7-23-2016, updated 6-10-2019.

A black ceramic bowl filled with fresh chimichurri sauce on a wooden board, with crushed peppers, garlic, and cilantro on the sides

What is Chimichurri Sauce?

Chimichurri is an Argentinian sauce made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, fresh herbs, and spices. This uncooked, super fresh and vibrant sauce can be used as a marinade, dipping sauce, or condiment to drizzle over meat, vegetables, and more.

How to Use Chimichurri

You’ll often see chimichurri sauce served with steak, but why stop there? It’s also great on grilled chicken, fish, and a whole host of vegetarian foods. One of my favorites ways to eat chimichurri is to use it as a dip for toasted crusty bread. I suggest keeping a batch in your fridge and drizzling it on whatever you’re eating throughout the week. Once you start using it, you won’t stop finding more ways it can liven up a meal.

Here are a few Budget Bytes recipes that use chimichurri sauce:

What else can you use chimichurri for?

How bout these ideas:

  • As a light and tangy dressing for a vegetable pasta salad
  • Drizzle over a sunny side up egg, serve with toast
  • Mix with mayonnaise (or leave plain) and use as a sandwich spread
  • Drizzle over a vegetable pizza after baking for a zesty finish
  • Add to roasted potatoes, then toss to coat for a light, herbal potato salad
  • Use in place of mustard on hotdogs and hamburgers
  • Dab a spoonful onto fresh tacos
  • Brush it onto kebabs after grilling

Sliced toasted French bread on a cutting board drizzled with chimichurri with a bowl of chimichurri sauce on the side.

How to Store Chimichurri

Chimichurri is best when prepared fresh, and luckily it only takes minutes to make. You can store it in the refrigerator for a few days, but the fresh herbs will quickly wilt and become less vibrant. Another option is to freeze the chimichurri in an ice cube tray, so you can take small amounts out and thaw as needed. The herbs will be slightly less vibrant this way, but it’s a good quick fix.

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Chimichurri Sauce: Good on Anything and Everything

4.75 from 12 votes
Chimichurri sauce is a tangy, fresh, and garlicky sauce that delivers big flavor to any meal. Use as a marinade, dipping sauce, or condiment.
A black ceramic bowl of chimichurri with a spoon, sitting on a wooden cutting board.
Servings 6 2 Tbsp each
Prep 10 mins
Total 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Italian parsley, packed ($0.35)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, packed ($0.19)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil ($0.83)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar ($0.40)
  • 3 cloves garlic ($0.24)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano* ($0.10)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin ($0.05)
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper ($0.02)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ( $0.02)

Instructions 

  • Rinse the parsley and cilantro well to remove any dirt or debris. Shake as much water off the leaves as possible. Pull the parsley and cilantro leaves from their stems, then chop them finely. Mince the garlic.
  • Combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, cumin, crushed red pepper, salt, chopped parsley, and chopped cilantro in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Use the chimichurri immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.

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Notes

*I used dried oregano to save costs, but if you have fresh available 1-2 Tbsp fresh oregano leaves can be used in place of the dried.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 167.17kcalCarbohydrates: 1.52gProtein: 0.48gFat: 18.13gSodium: 203.6mgFiber: 0.55g
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Sliced chicken breast on a wooden cutting board, drizzled with chimichurri sauce. A bowl of chimichurri on the side.

How to Make Chimichurri – Step by Step Photos

Chopped parsley and cilantro on a cutting board with minced garlic.

This sauce is incredibly easy to make. Start by rinsing the parsley and cilantro well, then shaking off as much water as possible. Pick the leaves from the stems until you have 1 cup packed parsley leaves and 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves. Finely chop the parsley and cilantro. Mince three cloves garlic.

Red wine vinegar, olive oil, cumin, oregano, and red pepper in a bowl

Add 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl…

Chopped herbs stirred into olive and oil mixture.

Add the chopped parsley, cilantro, and minced garlic to the bowl, then stir until everything is combined.

Close up of a spoonful of chimichurri sauce, the bowl in the background.

Use the chimichurri immediately, or refrigerate it for later. Chimichurri can also be frozen in an ice cube tray, then transferred to a freezer bag for long term storage. Use refrigerated chimichurri within 3-4 days and frozen chimichurri within a few months.

A toasty piece of French Bread being dipped into a bowl of chimichurri sauce

Chimichurri makes an awesome dip for crusty bread, like a baguette. Even better if  you add a little creamy cheese on the bread first. 🤤

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  1. I hd made this before it was too delicious that could not stop having it . Would like to make it again.

  2. Me: desperate, searching the internet far and wide trying to figure out what chimichurri is and how to use it when my family eats little to no meat
    Budget Bytes: appears from a heavenly cloud with this article in hand and shining halo on head

  3. Because of current grocery shortages, we gotbut couldn’t find parsley in 5 stores. Is this Doable with just cilantro and no parsley?

    1. Parsley gives it the balance it needs with the cilantro unfortunately you need both. Sorry!

    2. I know this reply is almost a year late, but I don’t like the taste of parsley so I make this all the time with just double cilantro and I think it’s great! I like to make a batch of quinoa with black beans and frozen corn and put this on top. It’s like a chimichurri quinoa salad :)

      1. Hej, I made this with carrot tops, as I had bought a bunch of fresh ones with the tops still on.
        Mixed in parsley, dill and chives, about half carrot tops and half the rest. It was delicious!
        I haven’t even tried the original yet. ;) I will prob reduce the vinegar a bit next time, as I sort of found it a bit watery. But that may just have been my idea that it would come out more as pesto. :D