Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

Fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil, and red wine vinegar come together in a tangy sauce that works wonders on steak, contrasting the heavier flavors and textures inherent to beef.

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Joshua Bousel

Why It Works

  • A food processor makes quick work of fresh herbs.
  • Whisking in the olive oil by hand prevents the bitterness of oxidation.
  • A splash of red wine vinegar keeps the sauce tangy and bright.

Chimichurri's etymology is steeped in lore, with some claiming it originated with an Irishman named "Jimmy McCurry" or a British meat man named "Jimmy Curry," while others say it's a mangled version of the phrase "give me the curry." All we know for sure is that this tangy Argentinian sauce is a revelation with flank steak, complementing its hearty flavor with the herbal notes of fresh parsley and olive oil.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 10 mins
Active: 15 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves: 8 servings
Makes: 1 cup

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley, washed and dried

  • 5 medium cloves garlic, peeled

  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon (4g) Diamond Crystal kosher salt; for table salt, use about half as much by volume or the same weight

  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Place parsley, garlic, and oregano in the workbowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

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  2. Transfer to a medium bowl and whisk in oil, vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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Special Equipment

Food processor

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
127 Calories
14g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 127
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 57mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)