Classic 5-Minute Chimichurri Sauce (Secret Recipe Club)

by Dorothy Reinhold on August 25, 2013

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If you have an interesting, quick, fresh sauce in the refrigerator, you can rescue almost anything that needs help.

For example, if your grilled protein (chicken, fish, steak, tofu?) is just sitting there on the plate, give it a little bit of a goose with a Chimichurri Sauce — a fresh green parsley, oregano and garlic sauce popular in Argentina. I think of it as Argentinian pesto.

Come to think of it, Chimichurri Sauce would also enliven your grilled cheese sandwich, your steamed vegetables, your morning fried eggs and your plop of polenta or mashed potatoes.

See what we did here? We took a classic condiment and reimagined it into a savory savior, a salsa slather, a scrumptious sauce.

Classic 5-Minute Chimichurri Sauce on Shockingly DeliciousLet’s call it the superhero of seasoning.

And then let’s call everyone for dinner!

Recipe: Classic 5-Minute Chimichurri Sauce

Summary: An Argentinian garlicky parsley salsa found all over South America and served with grilled meat – a perfect accompaniment to pretty much anything!


  • 1 cup firmly packed parsley, thick stems trimmed
  • 3-4 garlic cloves (I used 4)
  • Oregano from my garden on Shockingly Delicious1/4 of a white or brown-skinned onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano (or 2 teaspoons dry) (I used oregano from my herb garden)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil (I used Arianna Trading Co. Organic, raw, unfiltered extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (I used Meyer lemon juice)
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional (I used this!)


  1. Pulse parsley, garlic and onion in a food processor or chopper until finely chopped. Pulse in remaining ingredients, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  2. Makes about 1 cup. Store in a lidded container in the refrigerator.
  3. Use to marinate or top steak, chicken, fish or vegetables, or sauce polenta, potatoes, sandwiches or eggs. Let your imagination soar!

My Secret Recipe Club creations

Classic 5-Minute Chimichurri Sauce on Shockingly DeliciousHere is a list of what else I have made for the Secret Recipe Club since I joined the group. Check it out!

Disclosure: Arianna Trading Company sent the olive oil for recipe testing. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian, vegan
Diet tags: Gluten free, Raw
Number of servings (yield): 8-10
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

I found this recipe on the fun blog 84th & 3rd . It’s a lively site, written by JJ, who lives in Sydney, Australia, and has a world view that matches mine: “I make stuff, bake stuff and write stuff. And really, as long as there is cake and tea no one will get hurt,” she says. She also tells us “food should be fun, healthy should not mean boring, and if all else fails pie makes everything better.”

Amen, sistah!

I bookmarked her Smokey Chilli-Lime Hummus, and her Genius Goat Cheese Icing looks aptly named (really, go check that one out; mind blown!). Her “almost recipe” of Fig, Feta, Tahini & Thyme on a brown rice cake is a brilliant lunch!

Secret Recipe Club button on Shockingly DeliciousI enjoyed exploring JJ’s blog this past month as part of my assignment from Secret Recipe Club. I am on a bit of a Down Under roll, because last month I was also assigned an Aussie blogger. It works for me!

Join us in the Secret Recipe Club this month for some delicious eats, from JJ’s blog and many others!

You can see what other cooks in the Secret Recipe Club made this month, right below here in the array of photos. Click any of them to be transported to that particular recipe!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne @ Webicurean September 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

I really need to get my herb garden going–I have a feeling once I start making this, I’ll need to have it on hand all the time!


Dorothy Reinhold September 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

This is soooooo right up your alley.


bakingaddict August 31, 2013 at 5:55 am

You just can’t beat a good sauce and it really will rescue most dishes. I love the colour and name of this sauce. Great SRC pick!


Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories August 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

That sounds so good! I have a big parsley plant in my garden so this sounds perfect. Fabulous.


Dorothy Reinhold August 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Oh yeah, homegrown parsley. Go for it!


Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere August 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm

You know, I don’t know that I’ve ever tried chimichurri. I think it’s time to change that. This sounds fantastic!


sallybr August 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

Very popular sauce in Brazil in the “rodizio places” where you eat meat until you cannot eat it anymore, it keeps coming and coming

I’ve never made it but a friend of mine used to make a gallon of it at every party

Beautiful color, such intense flavor!

Nice pick for your SRC this month!


Dorothy Reinhold August 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Thanks, Sally! I would love to visit Brazil.


Melissa August 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

What a versatile condiment! I can’t believe I’ve never had it before. It sounds absolutely amazing. Great pick this month! Thanks for sharing 🙂


The Wimpy Vegetarian August 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

I love chimichurri sauce – it’s great on so many things! What a great choice to share with us!!


Emily @ Life on Food August 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

This is such a pretty color. My husband does a little happy dance whenever anything has Chimichurri Sauce. Great pick!


Tara August 26, 2013 at 8:30 am

Looks amazing! I would love to try this on burgers!


Dorothy Reinhold August 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

It will rock your burger!


Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines August 26, 2013 at 8:19 am

I can almost smell how fresh and delicious your Chimichurri sauce is! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines


Traci August 26, 2013 at 7:49 am

What a beautiful sauce! I love that you highlighted a recipe that can go with so many things. Great SRC pick!


Liz August 26, 2013 at 7:26 am

Thank you for the nice recipe.


Kirstin August 26, 2013 at 7:16 am

I have never had chimichuri…may have to try it sometime!


Karen August 26, 2013 at 6:33 am

FABULOUS recipe and photo and I am a HUGE fan of Chimmichurri sauce, especially for steaks! Karen


Rebekah @ Making Miracles August 26, 2013 at 6:31 am

That is so gorgeous! Love that bright, fresh, vibrant color! Beautiful SRC pick!


Janie E August 26, 2013 at 6:15 am

I love how close it is to pesto – anything close to pesto is something I want to make and eat asap! It looks absolutely divine 🙂 Happy reveal day!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 26, 2013 at 5:13 am

Your chimichurri looks so green Dorothy! It does go with so many dishes, I just love it.


JJ - 84thand3rd August 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Thanks for the kind words and I’m glad you enjoyed the sauce – reminds me that I have some herbs languishing in the crisper at this very moment ;D Cheers!


nicole August 25, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Great choice for SRC this month!! What a beautiful color! I think that would make you want to eat anything!!


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