Not Your Normal Chimichurri Sauce

Not Your Normal Chimichurri Sauce

Not Your Normal Chimichurri Sauce

This is one of my favorite sauces, it’s incredibly versatile, fresh and provides just enough tang to send even the blandest of meals over the top. I’ve had traditional chimicurri sauce, and enjoyed it very much, but this ain’t it. This is not your normal chimichurri sauce 😉 While some of the ingredients are similar to a traditional chimichurri, I like to add a few things and change up the consistency so that the end product is a bit thicker. If you’ve never tried any chimichurri sauce before, it’s essentially an olive oil based sauce with fresh herbs . I love cilantro so that’s my base, but a lot of people use only parsley.

Not Your Normal Chimichurri Sauce

Okay, don’t laugh, but I like to research the origins of dishes when I mix ’em up so I can stay true to the idea while making them my own. While perusing articles on chimichurri sauce, I discovered that while a traditional Argentinian recipe paired with grilled meats, some say it actually originated in Sicily and is used on fish and vegetables. The Sicilian version is called salmoriglio sauce. Interesting! If you want to nerd out a bit, or try a different chimichurri recipe, here’s a neat article I found while researching.

Wherever it originated, I’ve used it on so many things at this point it could be labeled “everything sauce”. I love the tang of lime, but if you don’t, skip that. I also love heat so I added red pepper flakes, leave those out if you don’t. Want your sauce to have a hint of sweetness? Add a tsp or so of honey, or a dash of sugar. There are no rules, only really bad end products if you get too crazy 😉

A Quick Note

I mix everything in the food processor, but you can also chop everything up then add your liquid in a bowl until it’s the consistency you like. The food processor provides the thicker consistency I like, but if you prefer a thinner sauce, add the oil to your chopped herbs separately and stir. Vinegar is also a traditional ingredient that I did not include, but you could totally add a splash or two and see what you think.

Not Your Normal Chimichurri Sauce

Not Your Normal Chimichurri Sauce

The perfect addition to pasta, and amazing on flank steak and chicken as well!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Sauces
Cuisine Brazilian


  • 2 bundles Cilantro
  • 4 tbsp Garlic (Chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin (Less is more with cumin.)
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 1 medium Shallot
  • 2 Limes (Juiced)
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (optional if you like a little heat)
  • 1 tbsp Oregano (fresh if you have it)
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil


  • Put everything in your blender and pulse until your desired consistency.
Keyword Brazilian, sauce
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