Chimichurri Sauce Recipe: The Serve-With-Everything Sauce

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Argentinian chimichurri is made with chopped fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Chimichurri is a spicy herbaceous condiment, originally from Uruguay and Argentina. It is best paired with grilled meats and vegetables. This recipe is based on authentic chimichurri sauce, but there are so many varieties of this flavor bomb of a sauce!

I’ve had my best chimichurri recipe buried in my post for my Chimichurri Steak Bowl. But this delicious, spicy sauce is a total show stopper! It absolutely needed to be featured as the star that it is.

This version is my Argentinian chimichurri recipe. It’s more similar to the authentic chimichurri sauce that you’ll find in chimichurri steak recipes, otherwise known as churrasco.

The truth is there are a lot of different varieties of chimichurri, but the main components stay the same. Aromatics + oil + vinger + red pepper flakes.

Chimichurri is extremely versatile and has so much flavor. Grilled meat and veggies are the perfect pair for this flavor-packed sauce. Chimichurri chicken, HELLO!

There is probably nothing that I have eaten with this chimichurri sauce that wasn’t delish!

What you’ll love about this recipe

  • Easy: Making this easy chimichurri sauce takes less than ten minutes, it only requires a few simple ingredients, and it keeps so well in the fridge. This is one reason why I use it for meal prep all the time.
  • Versatile: Chimichurri sauce can be eaten in so many different ways. Once you make a batch, I know it’ll be one of your new go-to recipes.

Recipe Notes

This recipe requires no cooking at all and no power tools! All you need is a sharp knife and bowl. This is a simple version of my Chimichurri Sauce. If you want to see a different version check out the Chimichurri Meal Prep Bowl Recipe.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredient for chimichurri sauce layed out on a marble counter top.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Parsley (traditional) OR Cilantro (non-traditional)
  • Serrano Pepper (a red one if you can find it)
  • Red Wine Vinegar OR Sherry Vinegar
  • Dried Oregano
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Kosher Salt

Step-by-step instructions: How to Make Chimichurri

Making traditional chimichurri sauce is as simple as chopping the parsley and the garlic and then combining them with the remaining ingredients. You can have this delicious condiment on the table is less than 5 minutes.

Step 1: Chop and add the parsley to a bowl.

diced parsley in a greenish bowl - chimichurri recipe

Step 2: Finely dice and add the serrano pepper to the bowl.

diced serrano pepper being added to the chimichurri

Step 3: Dice or press the garlic and add it to the bowl.

I forgot to photo this step! But you should know what to do. 😜

Step 4: Add the salt, red pepper, and oregano to the bowl.

adding the spices to chimichurri

Step 5: Add the vinegar.

The vinegar will start to extract the flavor and color out of the herbs. If you want to do a make-ahead chimichurri sauce, leave the vinegar out until the day you are going to serve it.

adding the vinegar to chimichurri

Step 6: Add the olive oil.

adding the olive oil to chimichurri

Step 7: Whisk and then eat with reckless abandon!

whisking chimichurri sauce

Variations

The aromatics in this chimichurri recipe are extremely flexible. Just take the original authentic ingredients and swap them out for the same amount of aromatics.

Example: 1/2 cup of parsley for 1/2 cup of the aromatics below. You can use one of them or a mixture of a few. You really can’t mess it up!

  • Cilantro: I have often swapped out the parsley in this recipe for cilantro.
  • Green Onions: I sometimes add a few green onions.
  • Shallots: I like a few tablespoons of finely diced shallot in my chimichurri, especially with grilled steak.
What is Chimichurri Sauce?

Chimichurri is an oil-based condiment, traditionally from Uruguay and Argentina. It’s used to accompany barbecued meats or churrasco.

How to use chimichurri.

Chimichurri is traditionally served with grilled meats and vegetables. I love making chimichurri steak or chimichurri shrimp. You can use the chimichurri as a marinade, but I honestly prefer to just drizzle it over the meat after it’s been grilled. .

How do you store chimichurri?

Chimichurri sauce will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can keep longer, but it will start to look flat after a few days. If you want to make it ahead, you can mix all of the ingredients except the vinegar. Add the vinegar the day that you are going to serve it.

Other recipes you might like

I love to drizzle chimichurri on my Grilled Chimichurri Steak Bowl and over a big helping of Roasted Potatoes.

Most recently I created a new recipe: Chimichurri Grilled Chicken with Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes (coming soon)!

overhead view of chimichurri sauce in a bowl

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is a spicy, herbaceous sauce that adds a flavor bowl to grilled meats and vegetables. Use as a marinade, dipping sauce, or a condiment.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine Argentenian
Servings 16
Calories 64 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup olive oil (affiliate link)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, or cilantro
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar (affiliate link)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt (affiliate link)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 serrano pepper (red if you can find it), seeded and finely diced

Instructions
 

  • Herbs: Rinse and dry the parsley and the oregano, and remove the leaves from the stems. Chop the herbs into a fine texture.
  • Garlic: Remove the skin from the garlic. Chop finely, or I like to use a garlic press.
  • Serrano Pepper: Remove the seeds from the pepper and finely dice.
  • In a medium bowl or jar, combine the onion, parsley, oregano, garlic, salt, and red pepper. Add the oil and vinegar and mix well.
  • Store covered for a couple of days and use before the herbs start to turn brown.

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Laura’s Tips + Notes

This recipe makes about 2 cups of chimichurri sauce.
Food Processor Instructions
Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until ingredients are finely minced.
Make Ahead
You can make chimichurri sauce up to 4 days ahead.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a Mason jar, but then do not add vinegar until the day that you will be serving the chimichurri. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 64kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 149mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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