Chimichurri Recipe (VIDEO) (2024)

This traditional Chimichurri recipe is so fresh, vibrant, and loaded with parsley, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar. It is excellent as a topping for Grilled Steak, Chimichurri Chicken, vegetables, shrimp, and just about anything.

It requires just a few simple ingredients and 5 minutes to make Chimichurri sauce, but the way you prepare the ingredients is key. We’re sharing all of our secrets to make the best, authentic chimichurri sauce. Watch the easy video tutorial and you’ll see just how easy it is.

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What is Chimichurri Sauce?

Chimichurri is a sauce made with fresh parsley, garlic, some acidity (usually red wine vinegar), and olive oil. We also add oregano and crushed red pepper which is considered optional but they definitely elevate this sauce. It is essentially the Argentinian version of a pesto sauce. Authentic Chimichurri originates from Uruguay and Argentina and there are endless variations of chimichurri.

Chimichurri Recipe Video

Watch Natasha make this easy Chimichurri recipe, then grab the ingredients below and make this sauce. You’ll fall in love with the flavors here and it will elevate your grilling recipes.

Chimichurri Ingredients

  • Parsley – you’ll need 1 cup of finely chopped parsley which is about 1 medium bunch of parsley.
  • Garlic – adds tons of punchy flavor. Do not skimp on the garlic.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – use high-quality olive oil with tons of flavor since this sauce is not cooked.
  • Red wine vinegar – adds acidity and helps to tame the fresh garlic flavor.
  • Oregano – you can add this fresh or dried.
  • Salt – we use fine sea salt in 99% of our cooking.
  • Black pepper – freshly ground is best.
  • Red pepper flakes – adds a touch of heat and spice to the sauce
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How to Make Chimichurri

  1. Finely chop parsley leaves, and mince fresh garlic clove. Add both to a small bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients: oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes then stir to combine.
  3. Marinate – Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
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Tips for the Best Chimichurri

Here is our best advice for making a more authentic and traditional chimichurri sauce. Even if you’re chopping up the parsley and garlic by hand, it literally takes 5 minutes.

  • Chop by Hand – For the best flavor and texture in chimichurri, you’ll want to chop through the leaves without crushing them in a food processor.
  • Use Fresh Garlic – fresh cloves of garlic will give the chimichurri sauce the spicy kick that you expect in chimichurri. The garlic will really shine after resting at least 2 hours. Mince freshly peeled garlic cloves for the best flavor.
  • Let it Marinate – the sauce will taste best if you let it rest for at least 2 hours or even overnight. The flavors will meld and the garlic will infuse the oil.
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Common Questions

How much parsley is in 1 cup of parsley?

You will need 1 bunch of fresh parsley, large stems removed, and finely chopped. Make sure to finely chop the parsley and not use the food processor.

Can I substitute the red wine vinegar?

You can substitute with white wine vinegar or lemon juice.

Can I use cilantro?

If you want to use cilantro, try using equal amounts (1/2 cup each) of cilantro and parsley.

Is Chimichurri spicy?

The fresh garlic and red pepper flakes in this recipe are what make chimichurri seem spicy. If you prefer a milder chimichurri, omit the red pepper flakes.

Can I use a food processor?

For authentic chimichurri, we do not recommend using a food processor. It is more likely to crush or bruise your parsley whereas chopping by hand with a sharp knife will produce cleaner cuts through the herbs.

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Make-Ahead Tips

Not only is this an easy sauce to make, but you will also love that chimichurri keeps really well in the refrigerator or freezer.

  • Refrigerate – place in a mason jar or tupperware, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 week.
  • To Freeze – you can put chimichurri sauce in ice cube trays and freeze for up to 3 months. Once the cubes are frozen, you can transfer them to freezer-safe zip bags. Thaw before serving.
  • To Serve – The oil can solidify in the refrigerator. If that happens, bring chimichurri to room temperature before serving.
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How to Serve Chimichurri

This is one of the most versatile sauces and here are our favorite ways to serve it. I’d love to know how you serve this Chimichurri Sauce in the comments below.

  • Steak – Add sauce over sliced Carne Asada, or Pan-Seared Steak.
  • ChickenChimichurri Chicken will become your new favorite.
  • Salmon – brush over Grilled Salmon and even Grilled Shrimp.
  • Pork – top Grilled Pork Chops with sauce
  • Potatoes – Drizzle over Roasted Potatoes or Boiled Potatoes.
  • Vegetables – spoon over grilled vegetables or roasted vegetables.

Easy Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

4.97 from 63 votes

Author: Natasha Kravchuk

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This chimichurri recipe is so fresh and vibrant. It is excellent as a topping for Grilled Steak, chicken, vegetables, and just about anything.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes mins

Resting Time: 2 hours hrs

Total Time: 2 hours hrs 10 minutes mins

Ingredients

Servings: 8 people as a condiment

Instructions

  • Finely chop parsley and garlic cloves with a knife (do not use a food processor) and transfer to a bowl.

  • Add remaining chimichurri ingredients and stir to combine.

  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight before serving. Store chimichurri for up to one week in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Per Serving

86kcal Calories1g Carbs0.3g Protein9g Fat1g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat7g Monounsaturated Fat151mg Sodium53mg Potassium0.4g Fiber0.1g Sugar653IU Vitamin A10mg Vitamin C16mg Calcium1mg Iron

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Nutrition Facts

Easy Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

Amount per Serving

Calories

86

% Daily Value*

Fat

9

g

14

%

Saturated Fat

1

g

6

%

Polyunsaturated Fat

1

g

Monounsaturated Fat

7

g

Sodium

7

%

Potassium

53

mg

2

%

Carbohydrates

1

g

%

Fiber

0.4

g

2

%

Sugar

0.1

g

%

Protein

0.3

g

1

%

Vitamin A

653

IU

13

%

Vitamin C

10

mg

12

%

Calcium

16

mg

2

%

Iron

1

mg

6

%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course: Condiments, Sauce

Cuisine: Argentinian

Keyword: chimichurri recipe, chimichurri sauce

Skill Level: Easy

Cost to Make: $

Calories: 86

Natasha Kravchuk

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