Cilantro Chimichurri

This is an easy chimichurri recipe made with cilantro perfect for steak. Chi-chi-chi-chimichurri, it just makes you want to sing and dance the salsa. It’s such a fun word to say. And a even funner way to dress up a cheap cut of steak. I made a grilled skirt steak to go with this. I first marinated the skirt steak in vinegar, lime and garlic to help tenderize it. After I grilled it, I sliced the steak thinly and placed it over a salad. Then I finished it off with this chimichurri sauce. I made this version of chimichurri with only cilantro, because I love cilantro. If your one of those people who have a strong aversion to cilantro, it’s okay, just use some flat leaf parsley instead.  You could also go half and half with the parsley and cilantro, so the cilantro isn’t so strong. This was the first time I made it fresh. I’ve bought it a few times bottled, and didn’t really care for it. I can’t tell you how much better it is made freshly. I’ll never buy the bottled version again.

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Cilantro Chimichurri

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a large bunch of cilantro, about 1 cup packed
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons red or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano, or 1 tablespoon fresh
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake, optional
kosher salt


Combine cilantro, garlic, vinegar, oregano, cumin, and optional red pepper flake in a food processor. Pulse until fine.
Turn food processor on and stream in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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  25 Responses to “Cilantro Chimichurri”

  1. Jason's BBQ Adventures — September 9, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    I love a good chimichurri, specially made of cilantro. You are definitely right, the bottled stuff is generally no good.

  2. averagebetty — September 9, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    This looks terrific and I LOVE cilantro! Your steak salad sounds terrific!

  3. Angelia McGowan — September 9, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    Cilantro Chimichurri: This is an easy chimichurri recipe made with cilantro perfect for steak. Chi-chi-chi-chimich…

  4. Tickled Red — September 9, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

    RT @EclecticRecipes: Cilantro Chimichurri: This is an easy chimichurri recipe made with cilantro perfect for steak. Chi-chi-chi-chimich…

  5. Simply Life — September 9, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    oh I love that vibrant color!

  6. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 9, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

    Beautiful chimichurri! I love cilantro, too, and this sauce is just perfect with a grilled steak. I even like it with grilled t-bones 🙂

  7. Monet — September 9, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

    I’m one of the few people that I know with a strong distaste for cilantro. Ryan loves it, but it tastes like soup to me! That aside, your sauce looks beautiful. Such a vibrant green. While I might not like this, I know quite a few people who would, and so I thank you for sharing it with me!

  8. Foodierama — September 10, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    Cilantro Chimichurri #foodie

  9. Dee — September 10, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

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  10. Judimae — September 10, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    What a pretty photo and delicious looking sauce. It took me quite a numer of years to get use to cilantro when I lived in California. I LOVE it now and now reside in NY. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  11. marla {family fresh cooking} — September 10, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    I would add this sauce to all my savories…perfect for Meatless Monday’s too….served over beans or tofu.

  12. grace — September 11, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    be still, my cilantro-loving tastebuds. and what a gorgeous color!

  13. Robin @ The Yankee Kitchen — September 12, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    I have found that moist rubs like this really help keep meats tender and juicy. While I have tried several different blends,I’ve never used cilantro in mine, but it sure sounds wonderful.

  14. Thomas Andrew — September 13, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    This sounds great. How long can this keep for refrigerated ?

    • Angie — September 16, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

      I’d say 3 – 4 days, well sealed. It never lasts longer than that in my house, I suppose since it has vinegar in it, you could go longer, but I’m not sure just how long.

  15. Tiffany — September 13, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    Chimichurri is one of my favorite sauces, but I have only had it in restaurants, I might just have to try making it now, thank you for this post!

  16. Baking Serendipity — September 16, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

    This looks delicious…and I love that vibrant green color!

  17. Priscilla - She's Cookin' — September 16, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    I’m one that loves cilantro! Looks fabulous and I bet your steak salad was fantastic!

  18. Cooking with Coley — September 16, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    This looks delicious! I like the idea of adding a light and healthy sauce rather than a heavy version you often find with steaks.

  19. RavieNomNoms — September 17, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    How gorgeous! This looks delicious.

  20. Sprinkled with Flour — September 18, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    What a delicious looking recipe! I will have to try this one:)

  21. Tamar — September 19, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    I wonder if this would taste good with kkaenip (sesame leaves) instead of cilantro? Things that make you go “Hmmmm…”

  22. J.See — November 21, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

    I just made this and it is delicious! Thank you for your recipe.

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