sliced skirt steak on a plate with chimichurri sauce and a bowl of sauce in the background
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a bowl of chimichurri sauce

Chimichurri sauce is a condiment from Argentina and is widely used in South American cuisine. It’s a green sauce typically served with grilled meats, such as steak, sausages, and poultry, but it can also be used as a marinade or dipping sauce for various dishes. I’ve often used it on pasta as a sauce and mixed with yogurt as a dip.

Chimichurri sauce is known for its vibrant green color and its fresh, herby, and tangy flavor profile. The main ingredients in chimichurri sauce usually include:

  1. Fresh Herbs: The base of chimichurri sauce is usually made from finely chopped fresh herbs, with parsley being the primary herb. Some variations may also include other herbs like oregano or mint.
  2. Garlic: Garlic is a key component in the sauce.
  3. Vinegar: Vinegar, often red wine vinegar, provides the tanginess that balances the flavors of the herbs and garlic.
  4. Oil: Olive oil is commonly used to create a smooth, rich sauce.
  5. Chili Peppers or Red Pepper Flakes: These provide a hint of heat and depth to the sauce. You can always adapt the amount of chili used to your preference.
  6. Salt and Pepper: These are used to season the sauce to taste.
To make chimichurri sauce, the ingredients are typically finely chopped and mixed with the oil and vinegar to create a chunky sauce. The Shawhan Farms seasoning gives you a huge advantage since all this work has been already done. You are just mixing the seasoning into the liquids. The use of any fresh herbs becomes completely optional with the use of the seasoning.
Chimichurri sauce is incredibly versatile and can be used in various ways, such as a marinade, dipping sauce, or even as a topping for vegetables. It makes a great sandwich spread (think pesto) and I like it on pasta too.
Typically, this sauce is meant to be used right away. The use of the chimichurri starter seasoning lets you store this for a week or more in the fridge. Remember, the oil will solidify when chilled so be sure to bring it to room temperature before using. I keep it stored in a covered jar.
overhead view of sliced skirt steak topped with chimicchuri sauce
a plate of sliced skirt steak topped with chimichurri sauce and a bowl of chimichurri sauce
sliced skirt steak on a plate with chimichurri sauce and a bowl of sauce in the background

Easy Chimichurri Sauce

This easy chimichurri sauce takes help from a chimichurri sauce starter seasoning.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Sauces
Cuisine Argentinian
Servings 2 Cups
Calories 79 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • Mix the chimichurri starter seasoning and hot water in a small bowl. Put in the refrigerator to let the ingredients bloom.
  • After the two hours, add ¾ cup of olive oil and the red wine vinegar and mix vigorously to totally incorporate. If using, add the fresh herbs and mix in. Serve with your favorite steak, chicken or fish. This is also great on pasta or mixed into some Greek yogurt and served as a dip. Enjoy.


Calories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 792mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 199IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 0.4mg
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