10-Minute Homemade Chimichurri Sauce

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Ready to add an instant pop of flavor to all your meals? This easy Chimichurri recipe adds bright, vibrant flavor to every dish it touches! Learn how to make chimichurri sauce at home in 10 minutes with this easy recipe. PWWB's zesty green sauce is packed with fresh cilantro, parsley and oregano, and is terrific drizzled over steak, chicken, veggies, and more!
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, one of the absolute best ways to add flavor to any meal is with a drizzle of a simple sauce. Sauces and condiments, what I like to call flavor bombs, require minimal effort but always deliver major flavor.

This is especially true when the sauce is packed with fresh herbs, citrus and garlicky goodness and delivers beautiful color and flavor too, which is exactly the case with this easy chimichurri recipe!

PWWB Chimichurri Recipe Highlights

You’ll love this chimichurri sauce because it is…

  • QUICK. Seriously quick, in fact. This chimichurri takes 10 minutes to prep with a brief zip in the food processor.
  • SIMPLE. You’ll only need 8 ingredients for this easy chimichurri and I guarantee you’ll likely already have most on hand.
  • VERSATILE. This sauce is the perfect addition to just about any grilled meat or veggie. Soon you’ll be putting chimichurri on everything!!!
  • AN INSTANT FLAVOR BOMB! What’s not to love?!

There’s nothing better than fresh Chimichurri. ♡ Read on to learn more about this Easy Chimichurri Sauce recipe, or jump straight to the recipe and get cookin’!

So, what is Chimichurri?

Chimichurri originated in the South American countries of Argentina and Uruguay. You’ll find chimichurri traditionally used as a topping for the delicious grilled beef that these countries are so well known for. Similar to a basil pesto, chimichurri is vibrantly green in color and full of bright herby flavors, however it boasts a signature zippy flavor, thanks to a generous amount of red wine vinegar.

A few years back, I shared this Creamy Avocado Chimichurri recipe, which I playfully refer to as my “Summer Sauce.” While Summer Sauce is still a staple at the PWWB house, you’ll also often find a more classic oil-based chimichurri in my fridge during the summer months. It makes just about everything taste a little bit better, especially during grilling season. I figured it’s about time to share my go-to easy chimichurri recipe here on PWWB too.

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Key Ingredients in this Easy Chimichurri Recipe:

This simple, flavor bomb of a sauce is made with equally as simple of ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy chimichurri recipe (Note: full ingredients list and measurements provided in the Recipe Card, below):

  • Fresh cilantro, parsley, and oregano – Cilantro, parsley, and oregano give this sauce a strong herby taste. Cilantro provides a warm, slightly spicy flavor while parsley and oregano both add clean and peppery notes.
  • Lemon – Instantly brightens up this sauce! Just a little bit adds the perfect amount of citrus and a mildly tart taste.
  • Garlic – You can never go wrong with garlic!
  • Olive oil – This healthy fat balances out the bold ingredients and acts as the vehicle that carries the fresh flavors in this sauce.
  • Red wine vinegar – Adds a touch of tang to this otherwise earthy, lemony, and garlicky sauce.
  • Crushed red pepper flake – For a bit of heat!

How to Make This Easy Chimichurri Recipe:

Making this chimichurri sauce could not be simpler! It takes about 10 minutes of prep time and no cooking required to whip up a batch and have it ready to go in no time.

Note: Full Recipe Directions with step-by-step photos provided in the Recipe Card, below.

Simply place all of the ingredients into a food processor and give it a quick pulse to combine. Why ⇢ A food processor helps combine the ingredients but still leaves a nice, rustic consistency. You don’t want your chimichurri to be too runny – a quick pulse releases all of the flavors and creates a cohesive sauce without pureeing.

Once combined, enjoy immediately or store for later use. Simple as that!

A Few Notes on Storage:

  • Storage Simply store chimichurri in an airtight container in your refrigerator and you are good to go!
  • How long does it keep? When stored properly, you can keep this sauce in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Can I freeze it? Yes! I like using silicone storage containers (like these Souper Cubes!), which allow you to divide the sauce into small portions that you can then thaw as necessary! Frozen chimichurri is best used within 3 months.

How to Use Homemade Chimichurri Sauce:

Chimichurri is so versatile and can be used to add flavor and dimension to just about any dish! It’s typically served with the grilled beef widely found in traditional Argentina and Uruguay cuisine. Aside from beef, chimichurri also pairs well with other grilled meats – think grilled chicken, grilled pork chops, topped on burgers, and so much more!

A few of my favorite ways to use this easy Chimichurri sauce:

Grilled steak kabobs on a large white oval serving dish, drizzled with chimichurri sauce. The dish sits atop a light blue marbled surface, alongside a gold & white striped linen napkin.

I can’t wait for you to make your own PWWB Chimichurri Sauce at home! It’s SO simple and SO flavorful! If you do give it a try, be sure to let me know!: Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo and tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about and seeing your PWWB creations! Happy cooking! ♡

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10-Minute Homemade Chimichurri Sauce

  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Condiments
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Argentinian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Ready to add an instant pop of flavor to all your meals? This easy Chimichurri recipe adds bright, vibrant flavor to every dish it touches! Learn how to make chimichurri sauce at home in 10 minutes with this easy recipe. PWWB’s zesty green sauce is packed with fresh cilantro, parsley and oregano, and is terrific drizzled over grilled steak, chicken, veggies, and more!


Ingredients

Scale
  • ½ cup packed cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • ½ cup packed parsley leaves and tender stems
  • 3 tablespoons packed fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 34 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Prep the chimichurri sauce: Place all listed ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine. Taste and season with additional salt or ground black pepper, as desired.
  2. Serve: Enjoy your chimichurri immediately, topped on grilled meats, roasted veggies, drizzled over a salad, and so on. Sky’s the limit! An angled shot of a jar of Chimichurri sauce that sits on a dark gray surface. A spoon has been dipped into the sauce & rests inside the clear glass jar. The jar is surrounded by fresh herbs & a slice of lemon.

Notes

  • Storage: This Chimichurri sauce will keep, stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 
  • Freezing: To freeze, store in a freezer safe container (these are my favorite!) for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator a day before you’d like to use it. 

Keywords: chimichurri sauce recipe, easy chimichurri, no-cook, vegan, dairy-free, vegetarian, healthy, grilling season, summer, spring

Recipe by Jess Larson, Plays Well With Butter | Photography by Eat Love Eat

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 3.11.23
    Kelsey Sanford said:

    Petioning to have this renamed as The BEST EVER chimichurri sauce. It’s beyond delicious and we put it on everything!

    • 3.13.23
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Kelsey! Hahah we couldn’t agree more & are so glad you loved it as much as we do – thanks so much for dropping a comment! 🙂

  2. 6.6.22
    Katie said:

    So easy, I don’t have a food processor and the sauce came together in my ninja single serve blender cup just fine. I didn’t quite know if I had enough herbs, but it all worked out. I will note if keeping in the fridge my sauce solidified and needed to come to room temp to be pourable again. Definitely a nice twist on my usual steak night flavor.

    • 6.7.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Katie! So glad you enjoyed & yes good call-out on the potential of having the olive oil in the chimichurri sauce solidify when stored in the fridge – this can definitely happen with any oil-based sauce but won’t affect the taste! If you like this zippy sauce & are a fan of mushrooms – you should check out this recipe next!

  3. 4.20.21
    Barbara said:

    This is delish!! I grilled some chicken and veggies and this was perfect with both. Super quick and easy to make. Definitely a keeper!

    • 5.3.21

      Couldn’t agree more, Barbara. I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I do. It’s the perfect pair with grilled chicken + veggies!!!