Chimichurri! If you’re searching for a chimichurri recipe, then you know the magic of this sauce. And if you’ve never had it, well, get ready, because this sauce recipe is going to become a regular in your kitchen.

This bright herb-packed sauce hails from Argentina and can be described as a parsley pesto. It’s easy to make, thanks to the food processor, and can be used with variety of meat, fish, and veggies to make a quick dinner.

What is Chimichurri?

Chimichurri is a classic Argentinian sauce made of finely chopped fresh parsley, oregano, onion (I like to use shallot), and garlic all combined with olive oil and vinegar and seasoned with salt and pepper. It’s simple in nature, but bold in flavor.

This thick sauce is used heavily in Argentina with grilled meats but is also wonderful with fish and seafood, roasted vegetables, and potatoes.

BUT, because this sauce is Argentinian, we recommend trying it on any number of cuts of steak.

Try my Red Chimichurri that’s slightly smoky thanks to roasted red peppers and smoked paprika.

Ingredients in Chimichurri

  • Fresh herbs such as chopped parsley and fresh oregano (cilantro is also a great addition, I use cilantro in this Mexican Chimichurri)
  • Garlic
  • Onion (sweet onion, red onion, or shallot works)
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional add-ins: lemon juice, lime juice, red pepper flakes
image of herbs, garlic, shallot, peppercorns, salt, olive oil and vinegar arranged on a marble countertop

How to Make Chimichurri

Thanks to the food processor, this sauce couldn’t be easier to make! 

  1. Combine the parsley, garlic, oregano, shallot, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. I like to use my mini food processor for this job!
  2. Pulse the ingredients together until they’re roughly chopped. It’s important to not over process as this sauce is meant to be thick and coarse. 
  3. Add the olive oil and vinegar and pulse to combine. Then season the sauce to taste with additional salt and pepper!
grid of images showing the process of making chimichurri sauce in a food processor.

Can Chimichurri Be Made Ahead?

Yes! Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, chimichurri can last up to two weeks but is best used within one week. 

If you want to make it further ahead, you can certainly freeze it as well. I recommend freezing chimichurri sauce in ice cube trays until solid, then transferring the frozen cubes to an airtight container and storing in the freezer until needed.

Let the frozen chimichurri thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using. Chimichurri will keep in the freezer for up to two months. 

One thing to keep in mind—bring the sauce to room temperature before using or serving so the flavors can unlock a bit.

How to Use Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri can be used as a sauce, marinade, dip and more. Here are a few ways to use this chimichurri sauce recipe:

Grilled chicken thighs on a white plate drizzled with chimichurri sauce with a bowl of green sauce off to the side

Chimichurri Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Category Sauce/Dip
Cuisine Argentinian
Author Lauren Grant


This bright herb sauce is and easy (so easy) way to create a fantastic meal in minutes. Top any kind of grilled meat, fish or seafood with this simple sauce, drizzle it over grain bowls, or toss with your favorite veggie.


  • 1 bunch parsley, leaves and tender stems (1 cup packed)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oregano, or 2 teaspoons dried
  • ½ teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


  • Add parsley, garlic, shallot, oregano, salt and pepper to a food processor; pulse until roughly chopped.
  • Scrape down sides of bowl then add oil and vinegar and pulse until a sauce comes together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Use as desired (try chimichurri chicken!) or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


This sauce can easily be doubled or tripled!


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1.5gSodium: 201mgFiber: 1g
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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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