This super easy Chimichurri Sauce recipe is made in the food processor and comes together in under 5 minutes. We make it for catering events all the time and serve with grilled meats and it’s always a HIT!
Growing up I remember my folks using A-1 or other similar steak sauce to douse over grilled steaks. Not my thing these days. A good steak doesn’t need much to jazz it up. That being said, I simply cannot resist a good chimichurri sauce.
And while steak can be great on its own, chimichurri sauce can do wonders for beef, chicken, pork, fish, and so much more! One of the most popular dishes we serve at Ember & Vine catering events is Smoked Tri Tip served with Chimichurri Sauce. It’s popular for a good reason. It’s damn delicious, that’s why!
What is Chimichurri Sauce made of?
Chimichurri sauce may look like an Argentinian version of pesto of sorts, but it’s quite different (and made without any nuts). It’s more of a salsa, or sauce (to me), without tomatoes.
The classic version is a mix of fresh parsley, onion, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, tangy vinegar, mixed with olive oil.
There are certainly variations, but this is its most basic form. Traditionally you would hand chop everything and layer it together. But you can also can take a little help from the food processor (like I do for large catering events) and toss everything in to let it do it’s thang!
Using the food processor you can make a big batch in under 5 minutes. The difference in flavor between hand chopping and food processing is minimal. Nobody will ever know by taste! Boom.
Easy Chimichurri Sauce
- 2 cups fresh Italian parsley, loosely packed
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
- 2 tablespoons shallots, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- ½ lemon juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped (dry works okay too, but fresh is more fragrant)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
- ½ - 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Place all ingredients except olive oil in the food processor and pulse a few times until everything starts to break up.
- Start slowly adding the olive oil. Start with just ½ cup, and then slowly add more and pulse a few more times. Don't puree, just a few pulses will do. If it’s too thick add more olive oil until you get to your desired consistency. Serve over grilled or smoked beef, chicken, pork, fish, and even vegetables.
What to serve Chimichurri Sauce on
- Grilled beef
- Smoked beef, especially Smoked Tri Tip
- Grilled Chicken
- Grilled Fish (great on Cod)
- Reverse Seared Pork Chops
- And so much more (I’m not kidding, I even serve it on scrambled eggs)
How to Store Chimichurri Sauce
Place in a sealed glass container (I like these), and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. When you pull it back out it may harden up due to the oil, but it will soften back when you leave it out for a few minutes at room temperature.
Video of Smoked Tri Tip with Chimichurri Sauce
*This recipe was updated from this post in 2014 with new pictures and content.
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