Argentinean chimichurri is made with chopped fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and red pepper flakes. A colorful and flavorful addition, chimichurri sauce takes just 10 minutes to make!

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What is Chimichurri?

Have you ever made a chimichurri sauce? It’s an Argentinean sauce or condiment, similar to pesto, that is popular throughout South America. This basic version uses fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, oil and vinegar and a little bit of chili pepper, though the variations on this theme are endless.

What I love about it is that it makes use of the parsley that is growing like crazy in our garden, and everything else we are either growing or have in our pantry.

Ingredients for Chimichurri Sauce on wood cutting board

Uses for Chimichurri Sauce

In Argentina, chimichurri is used both as a marinade and a sauce for grilled steak, but you can use it also with fish, chicken, lamb, or even pasta. Check out the links at the bottom of the recipe for some different takes on how to make chimichurri sauce from fellow food bloggers.

If you have a favorite dish with which you use chimichurri sauce, please let us know about it in the comments.

Chimichurri Recipe

  • Prep time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 cup firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, trimmed of thick stems
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsps fresh oregano leaves (can sub 2 teaspoons dried oregano)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


1 Finely chop the parsley, fresh oregano, and garlic (or process in a food processor several pulses). Place in a small bowl.

2 Stir in the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Adjust seasonings.

Serve immediately or refrigerate. If chilled, return to room temperature before serving. Can keep for a week or two.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. kayo

    awesome recipe. ive adjusted slightly over the year…

    – add about 1/3 cup loose cilantro…

    – add and hand mix olive oil at very end, after processing rest of ingredients…


  2. Poppy

    This is the simplest, most amazing thing ever.

    I bought a cast iron grill pan with raised ridges. Brilliant! Perfectly cooked Trader Joe’s ribeye. Which got me thinking of how to dress up a steak. Which get me to this page.

    I don’t see why anyone would cook a steak without whipping up a batch of this stuff.

  3. Isabelle

    I tried this recipe after trying some phenomenal chimchurri from a local chef called morechimichurri. This was pretty close but not quite. I wasn’t able to get that satisfying refreshing taste as that other chimichurri I tried. I’ve even tried chimichurri from Whole Foods and it was sort of weird and sour. I think I will have to end up ordering some of the “morechimichurri” online to satisfy my chimi fix…


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  4. Ben

    I put it on everything, especially a seared Ahi tuna


  5. Elizabeth

    Is it ok if I put olive oil in food processor? I accidentally put all ingredients in at once

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