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A good steak or filet mignon doesn’t need much. The best cuts of meat are good on their own! But as cliche as it sounds, variety is the spice of life. And when it comes to steak, few things add just the right spice quite the way an authentic chimichurri sauce recipe does.
I actually made this Argentinian chimichurri sauce together with some amazing steak tips. If you want to pair them together, grab the steak bites appetizer recipe here.
But until then, you can serve this chimichurri sauce over any steak. It will definitely brighten it up!
What Is Chimichurri Sauce For Steak?
Chimichurri is a super simple sauce made with chopped parsley, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and spices. It requires no cooking and takes just five minutes to throw together, making it a quick (and delicious!) addition to any steak dinner.
Some chimichurri sauce recipes use white wine vinegar and others use red wine vinegar. You can use either, but this Argentinian chimichurri sauce recipe uses white wine vinegar. Just a personal preference. You can use the same amount no matter which vinegar you choose.
The most common type is chimichurri verde, or green chimichurri sauce. If you want to know how to make chimichurri sauce in the less common rojo variation – red chimichurri sauce – you can simply add some tomatoes and red bell peppers.
Is Chimichurri Sauce Keto? Gluten-free? Healthy?
Yes, yes, and yes!
Chimichurri sauce for steak is one of the easiest low carb condiments you can possibly make. And, it’s naturally low carb, meaning no unusual low carb ingredients.
With extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs, and fresh minced garlic, an authentic chimichurri sauce is a wonderfully healthy addition to your steak. This easy chimichurri sauce recipe is made using simple ingredients that are naturally keto, gluten-free, paleo, and whole30 friendly.
And, it’s just as delicious for someone who cares about none of these!
Is Chimichurri Sauce Spicy?
That’s up to you! The spice in this chimichurri sauce recipe comes from crushed red pepper. It’s up to you how much you want to add! I recommend starting with just a bit and adjusting to taste.
How To Use Chimichurri Sauce
The most popular way to use chimichurri sauce is as a condiment for steak. You can drizzle it on top or dip. You can even top your veggie side dishes with it!
Alternatively, you can also use it during the cooking process for your steak. Chimichurri sauce marinade is delicious as well, for both steak and chicken.
What Makes an Authentic Chimichurri Sauce Recipe?
The sauce has origins in Argentina and Uruguay, but today’s authentic chimichurri sauce recipe is Argentinian.
Some non-traditional ingredients you might see in other chimichurri sauce recipes include cilantro, red onion, lemon juice, and cumin. But an authentic chimichurri sauce recipe is actually super simple, and has none of these!
Of course, you can feel free to add in whatever you like. Since there is no cooking required, it’s easy to adjust herbs and spices to your liking.
How To Make Chimichurri Sauce
The best thing about this easy chimichurri sauce recipe is how little cleanup it requires. It’s basically just a knife and cutting board.
And, despite what many chimichurri sauce recipes may lead you to believe, you can make chimichurri sauce without a food processor and without a blender!
My favorite method for how to make chimichurri sauce is to use a glass jar. Simply chop your parsley, add it to the jar along with everything else, cover and shake! The shaking emulsifies the sauce in the same way that a blender or food processor would.
Then, you can just store the sauce in the jar. No need to deal with washing your blender or food processor.
Why Is My Chimichurri Sauce Bitter?
There are a few reasons that chimichurri sauce could turn out bitter. Here are some possible culprits:
- Extra virgin olive oil – If you use this, as this chimichurri sauce recipe does, you have an even stronger reason to use the jar shaking method instead of a blender or food processor. If you over-mix EVOO at high speed, the polyphenols in the oil break away from the fatty acids in the oil and can cause a bitter taste.
- Bitter parsley – Parsley is naturally bitter, and it’s normal for chimichurri to have a little bitterness to it. But, if your parsley is exceptionally dark and mature, it can be more bitter than younger parsley.
- Garlic or oregano – Using too much of either of these can make chimichurri bitter. With the recipe below you should have the right amount.
How To Store Chimichurri Sauce
Argentinian chimichurri sauce is quite easy to store. This should answer all your questions about storing it!
Can chimichurri sauce be made in advance?
Definitely! When to make chimichurri sauce is actually a matter of preference, though.
Some people like to let the flavors mellow for 24 hours before serving, whereas others prefer the flavor of fresh chimichurri. I think both ways are delicious, and often make it ahead for convenience.
Does chimichurri sauce need to be refrigerated?
Yes. Since it contains fresh herbs, it’s best to keep it refrigerated. With my easy chimichurri sauce recipe, just pop the jar in the fridge.
How long does chimichurri sauce last?
You can store chimichurri sauce in the fridge for a pretty long time – at least a week, and as long as 2 weeks! The vinegar in there preserves it pretty well. Just watch for changes in appearance, smell and so on.
Keep in mind that the sauce is a brighter green at first and gets darker over time, but that doesn’t necessarily make it better or worse.
Can chimichurri sauce be frozen?
Yes! The easiest way to do this is to pour it into ice cube trays and place in the freezer. Once they are solid, you can transfer them to a freezer bag if you’d like.
Defrost the cubes as needed when you want to use the chimichurri sauce for steak night.
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Chop the parsley finely.
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Shake until emulsified.
Adjust sea salt and red pepper to taste, if needed.
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Serving size: 2 tbsp
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