Peruvian Green Sauce Recipe (Aji Verde)

This Peruvian Green Sauce (or Aji Verde) is a spicy and versatile condiment. Made with jalapeno, cilantro, and fresh lime juice, plus Greek yogurt to give it a creamy texture. It’s an amazing dipping sauce, spread or dressing.

So many of you went crazy for my Peruvian Chicken recipe, that I decided it was time to develop a post for the Peruvian Green Sauce recipe too. Because it’s great on so many things, not just chicken… Serve it as a dipping sauce with french fries or fried yuca, or stir it into a creamy slaw for tacos. The options are endless!

This aji verde recipe is similar to a classic Mexican crema since the base is made from a blend of jalapeno, cilantro, and lime. However, this Peruvian green sauce gets its creaminess from Greek yogurt, whereas Mexican crema is made with a blend of sour cream and mayonnaise.

Ingredients for peruvian green sauce labeled on counter.

🛒 What is Peruvian Green Sauce made of?

  • Jalapeño Peppers – If you’re sensitive to heat, remove the ribs and seeds to make it less spicy.
  • Cilantro – Or use parsley.
  • Green Onions + Garlic
  • Mayonnaise – This is the base of the sauce, lending a creamy texture while cooling down the spice. You can swap it out for more Greek yogurt or sour cream.
  • Greek Yogurt – Or sour cream. The tang gives this sauce a bright and refreshing quality that will remind you of a traditional crema.
  • Lime Juice – Fresh citrus juice will cut through the heavy cream and spice.
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt + Pepper

👩‍🍳 How to make it

It’s easy! Just add all of the sauce ingredients (except the olive oil) to a blender and blend until smooth. Slowly drizzle in the oil with the motor running until it’s fully combined, then transfer the finished sauce to a bowl and refrigerate.

Hand dipping spoon into green sauce.

ℹ️ Tips and Substitutions

  • You can leave the mayo out of the green sauce. Just use more Greek yogurt in its place or swap in some sour cream or Mexican crema.
  • If you really like spice, substitute the jalapenos in the green sauce for serrano peppers.
  • If the green sauce is too spicy, use only 1 or 2 jalapenos and make sure to remove the seeds and veins from inside the pepper first.
  • Make the green sauce with aji amarillo (Peruvian yellow pepper) paste instead of jalapenos for a more authentic flavor.

🍴 How to store it

Store the sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

🍗 Ways to use Aji Verde Sauce

This is a versatile condiment you can use as a dipping sauce, dressing, or spread. These are my favorite ways to use it:

Plate of peruvian chicken with bowl of green sauce.

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If you liked this recipe, be sure to try my Aji Amarillo Sauce Recipe too! It’s another creamy Peruvian sauce that’s packed with flavor!

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Hand dipping spoon into green sauce.

Peruvian Green Sauce Recipe

This Peruvian Green Sauce (or Aji Verde) is a spicy and versatile condiment. Made with jalapeno, cilantro, and fresh lime juice, plus Greek yogurt to give it a creamy texture. It's an amazing dipping sauce, spread or dressing.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 jalapeños (seeded, ribs removed and roughly chopped)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 green onions (chopped (green parts only) )
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a blender process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. 
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Equipment

Blender or Food Processor

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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