Easy Chimichurri Sauce (for Steak, Pork + More!)

This Chimichurri Sauce recipe is packed with flavor and easy to make with simple ingredients & your blender or food processor. This cilantro chimichurri sauce for steak is also delicious with chicken, pork, seafood and roasted vegetables.

Sometimes a condiment becomes the star of the dinner table.

And it all came about just because I wanted to come up with an easy chimichurri sauce recipe to go with a sous vide ribeye steak that I was making. So I picked up some basic ingredients (times three) and got to recipe testing. All variations had the basic backbone – parsley, cilantro, oregano, garlic, vinegar… but there was one clear winner.

The first batch I made had a bit too much oregano for my taste, but even with that, it was lacking in flavor.

With the second batch, I added in some shallot, and cut back on the oregano. Then I added in a bit more red wine vinegar and some extra salt and it was basically a flavor bomb of perfection.

What is Chimichurri? 

  • Chimichurri is a tangy sauce or marinade traditionally used on grilled meat, typically containing parsley, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and flakes of chili pepper.

What Does Chimichurri Taste Like?

  • It has lots of green notes from the fresh herbs, and it is both garlicky and vinegary, making it a bit pungent and absolutely delicious.

Is Chimichurri Spicy Hot?

This chimichurri sauce recipe is not spicy at all. I added in a pinch of red pepper flakes for some depth, but I don’t find it spicy. If you would like to make a spicy chimichurri sauce, you can add a jalapeno. Leave the seeds and ribs for a very spicy chimichurri or remove the seeds and ribs for a mild chimichurri sauce.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for chimichurri sauce on tray.

How to Make It

  • Argentinian chimichurri sauce is super quick & easy to make with the help of your blender or food processor. Simply process all ingredients except the olive oil until finely chopped, then stream in the olive oil with the motor running until well combined.


With this recipe, it’s easy to make swaps here and there to make use of the ingredients you have on hand:

  • Use all cilantro or all parsley if you’d like.
  • Don’t have fresh oregano? Dried will work! Just use 2 teaspoons dried instead of 2 Tablespoons fresh.
  • Red wine vinegar can be swapped for apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or lemon juice.
  • You can also leave out the shallot or garlic.

What Do You Put Chimichurri Sauce On?

How Long Does it Last?

  • Chimichurri will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, though the garlic will become stronger the longer it sits.

Can You Freeze It?

  • Yes! Chimichurri keeps very well in the freezer for up to three months. I like to freeze it into individual portions using a silicone ice cube mold. Then I package the cubes into a large ziploc bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for about 1 hour.
Slices of grilled pork tenderloin on plate drizzled with charred lemon chimichurri.

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Chimichurri sauce in small jar with spoon.

Easy Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

This Chimichurri Sauce is packed with flavor and easy to make with simple ingredients & your blender or food processor. This cilantro chimichurri steak sauce is also delicious with chicken, pork, seafood and roasted vegetables.
4.82 from 16 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people



  • Add all ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor or blender, and pulse a few times until chopped. Slowly stream in the olive oil, while pulsing the mixture a few more times until the olive oil is combined, scraping down the sides if needed.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container.
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Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1072IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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8 thoughts on “Easy Chimichurri Sauce (for Steak, Pork + More!)”

  1. 5 stars
    Erin, this is a winner in my book! My family and I love chimichurri and I decided to try yours for our dinner tonight. Everyone loves this one! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this sauce!! Thanks for the recipe and I appreciate you included ways to change it up depending on what you have on hand. 🙂


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