If you need a quick and easy sauce to serve with meats like beef and chicken, Chimichurri Sauce is a great choice. This simple Argentinian sauce takes less than 10 minutes to make, and has a fresh, bold flavor. No cooking required!

Chimichurri - In a brown Bowl with Herbs and Pepper Flakes on Wooden Board

If you’re a fan of bold flavors, Chimichurri Sauce is one of the best foods out there.

I fell in love with it in my early 20s after trying it at a restaurant, and it has been a favorite of mine to make on steak night.

What is Chimichurri?

Chimichurri Sauce is an Argentinian uncooked sauce and table condiment that is most often served at room temperature with grilled meats. It is an olive oil-rich sauce with bright flavors like red wine vinegar, garlic, pepper flakes, and parsley. It tastes very bold, with aggressively fresh and vibrant flavor notes.

Chimichurri Sauce - Served in a Brown Bowl on Wooden Board

Because it’s so simple, making the best chimichurri recipe is more about making sure you don’t overchop the ingredients or botch the prep. Here are my top tips.

Tips for the Best Results

Use the freshest ingredients – As ingredients get old, they tend to lose their flavor. So for the most vibrant sauce, try to get the freshest ingredients you can. When you buy the ingredients at the store, try to prepare the Chimichurri Sauce the very same day.

Don’t substitute dried herbs – What really makes chimichurri shine is the fresh oregano leaves. I so rarely see fresh oregano used in cooking outside of Greek dishes, and it really makes the flavor of the chimichurri unique. Make sure not to substitute dried oregano!

Use a food processor for speed and consistency – People often act like using a food processor instead of chopping by hand makes things worse or less authentic, and I couldn’t disagree more. So long as you’re using the food processor responsibly and not over-processing the food, it will give a more consistent result. Don’t over-puree the ingredients, and you will have a wonderful homemade chimichurri.

Make sure the herbs aren’t wet – After washing your herbs, make sure to dry them thoroughly. Excess water will make the sauce watery and less flavorful, and the oil and water won’t mix.

Once you try making this once, you may find yourself making this often as a fallback way to jazz up any weeknight dinner. It’s really easy, but elevates so many different types of foods.

Ways to Use The Sauce

Anytime you want to add flavor to a dish, keep this Chimichurri Recipe in your back pocket for adding instant brightness and flavor. It takes well to virtually all meats, whether beef, lamb, chicken, or pork, and also takes well to most roasted vegetables.

How to Make It Step by Step:

In a small food processor, combine flat-leaf parsley, fresh oregano leaves, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt:

Herbs, Garlic, and Pepper Flakes in Food Processor Bowl

Pulse the ingredients together to chop well, taking care not to puree the mixture and break it down too much:

Ground Up Herbs, Garlic, and Pepper Flakes in Food Processor Bowl

Transfer the herbs to a bowl, then add a great-quality extra virgin olive oil:

Adding Olive Oil to Ground Up Herbs, Garlic, and Pepper Flakes in Bowl

If you’re wondering why we mix this part in a bowl instead of in the food processor, it’s to keep the chimichurri from getting cloudy.

But it’s purely aesthetic, so if you find it easier, you can pulse in the food processor.

Then add a high-quality red wine vinegar:

Adding Red Wine Vinegar to Bowl

Mix that all together to combine:

Chimichurri Recipe - Served in a Glass Bowl

I like my chimichurri a bit heavy on the olive oil so it’s more of a dressing than something with a thick pesto-like consistency, but I have a range that I specify in the recipe, so you can make it to your liking.

You can always add more olive oil as needed, to suit your preference.

Chimichurri Sauce - Served in a Brown Bowl on Wooden Board

Once the chimichurri is done, keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. I recommend pairing it with steak or even a whole roasted Spatchcock Chicken. Enjoy!

Recipe FAQ

Can you make Chimichurri ahead of time?

It’s best made at least a few hours ahead, to allow the flavors to meld. Feel free to make it a day or two ahead.

How long does Chimichurri keep?

Up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze chimichurri?

Technically yes, but I don’t recommend it. The herbs will go dark and not have as nice of a flavor.

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Chimichurri In a brown Bowl with Herbs and Pepper Flakes on Wooden Board

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is a simple Argentinian sauce with fresh, bold flavor, that pairs particularly well with meats like beef and chicken. 
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano leaves
  • 3 medium garlic cloves roughly chopped (1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil*
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar*

Instructions 

  • Combine the parsley, oregano, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes in a small food processor, and pulse several times until well-chopped, but not pureed.
  • Transfer the chopped herbs to a bowl, and whisk in the olive oil and red wine vinegar. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.
  • Ideally, let the chimichurri rest in the fridge for at least a few hours before serving, to allow the flavors to meld. Then serve and enjoy!

Notes

*I prefer a looser chimichurri sauce, with generous amounts of olive oil and red wine vinegar. If you want something thicker, start with less and add more if needed. Just keep a 2:1 ratio of olive oil to red wine vinegar. 
For example: Start with 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 tbsp red wine vinegar, then see if you’d like more.
Storing leftovers: Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing: Technically you can freeze leftovers for up to 2 months, but I don’t recommend it, as the flavors are not as fresh and the herbs darken.
Make-ahead Instructions: I intentionally like to make this a couple hours ahead of time, if possible, to let the flavors meld. You may also make it a day or two in advance of serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 297mg, Potassium: 46mg, Vitamin A: 670IU, Vitamin C: 10.3mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.