This amazing chimichurri green sauce will kick up your steaks and chicken recipes like no other store bought sauce! It’s packed with fresh parsley, cilantro and garlic.

Chimichurri sauce in a bowl

A good steak doesn’t need much to go with it. Sometimes a classic peppercorn sauce or bernaise sauce is perfect, but if you’ve never had chimichurri sauce with a grilled steak, you should really try it! Chimichurri is a green herb condiment from Argentina and is made by blending flat leaf parsley, cilantro, garlic and red wine vinegar with extra virgin olive oil. There are of course some variations to the original recipe, it just depends on your own personal tastes. I also love to add red chili pepper flakes to my finished chimichurri sauce for an extra spicy kick to it.

Check out how easy it is to create this condiment and make a batch for the next time your fire up your grill.

how to make easy chimichurri sauce

  1. Blending the ingredients

    Place all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor or high speed blender.

    making Chimichurri sauce in a food processor

  2. Blend until the ingredients are well broken down, but don’t puree them. The chimichurri sauce should still be a little chunky.

    Chimichurri sauce in a food processor

  3. Adding the olive oil

    Add the olive oil and mix through the chopped herb mixture. Add some dried chili flakes if desired.

    completed Chimichurri sauce with olive oil in a bowl

what can I use my chimichurri sauce for?

  • Add to grilled steaks, grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp or scallops.
  • Spread on grilled bread.
  • Chimichurri can also be used as a marinade.
  • Add to salads as a dressing.
easy chimichurri sauce on grilled ribeye steak

FAQ’s about chimichurri sauce

Is chimichurri like pesto?

Aside from the color not really. Pesto uses olive oil to bind it and make a paste, chimichurri incorporates the oil just to gently bring the herbs together. It’s a much looser sauce.

How is chimichurri used?

The ultra fresh sauce is used as a condiment on meats, fish, chicken and even bread and salads.

Do I need to refrigerate my chimichurri sauce?

You can keep it at room temperature for a few hours but anything longer I’d leave it in the fridge to preserve the fresh herbs for as long as possible. You can also freeze it.

What does chimichurri taste like?

The flavor is very fresh with a strong garlic taste. The red wine vinegar provides a slightly tangy after taste.

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How to Make Chimichurri Sauce

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: foodnessgracious
A delicous fresh tasting herb condiment with garlic and red wine vinegar. Use this for your favorite grilled steaks!
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  • food processor


  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp each Salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • red pepper flakes (optional)


  • Roughly chop the cilantro and parsley and add to the food processor.
  • Add the garlic, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper and pulse until the mixture is processsed but not as far as a puree. It should still be a little chunky.
  • Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and add the olive oil and peppers of using.
  • Stir the oil through the herb mixture and serve with your favorite grilled meats.