Chimichurri Sauce

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If you are looking for a healthy and simple way to change your boring salted meat into a flavorful masterpiece, this keto chimichurri recipe is it! Chimichurri sauce is a light sauce that is full of herbs such as parsley, cilantro, and garlic, giving any protein an extra kick of flavor.

Keto Chimichurri Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoon fresh oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar or lemon juice

Chimichurri Sauce Directions

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Easy Chimichurri Recipe

a dressing vessel with chimichurri sauce in it

When you are on a keto diet, seasoning your protein with some salt and pepper can get pretty redundant, but sometimes we just need a quick and easy meal. With this keto-friendly chimichurri recipe, you won’t need to spend hours in the kitchen or compromise on flavor. Keto chimichurri sauce is an easy-to-make recipe with parsley, cilantro, oregano, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and red wine vinegar. Because of the basic herbal ingredients, chimichurri sauce is very versatile and matches well with chicken, steak, fish or any grilled meat. This sauce will level up your dishes and be your household go-to sauce in no time.

juicy flat iron steak topped with chimichurri

What is Chimichurri Sauce?

Chimichurri sauce is a traditional Argentinian and Uruguayan condiment made with finely chopped herbs. These intense flavors are brilliantly used as a dipping sauce or marinade for grilled meats, steak, fish, and sausages. The oil-based condiment has a harsh, spiced taste that will level up your bland meats to an incredibly flavorful dish. The red wine vinegar creates a like level of acidity to the sauce.

Tips and Substitutions

Although this dish can be an acquired taste since it is a bit coarse on the mouth, all of the herbs and ingredients can be personalized to your liking.

  • If you don’t like eating spicy foods, skip the red pepper flakes, but if you particularly like spicy food, you can add more red pepper flakes or even add chili powder or jalapeno to your easy chimichurri sauce.
  • If you like a more robust garlic flavor, use more garlic cloves and allow them to sit in the sauce for a few minutes.
  • Always make sure to try your sauce as you create it, so you know if you need to add more or less of an ingredient.
  • The level of salt and pepper in your chimichurri sauce can also be adjusted to your taste buds.
  • Red wine vinegar is also the best vinegar and most authentic for chimichurri, but you can use lemon juice as a substitute if you do not like it. We do not recommend using balsamic or white vinegar as it significantly changes the taste of the sauce. Plus balsamic vinegar is higher in carbs compared to other vinegars.
  • Olive oil can be used in place of avocado oil if you don’t have avocado oil available or are allergic to avocado.
  • To release the flavors of the parsley and cilantro herbs, use a food processor to make sure the herbs are as finely chopped as possible. If you do not have a food processor, it is crucial to finely chop the parsley and cilantro with a knife so that your chimichurri sauce is the right consistency.
  • Once the vegetables are chopped and the sauce is compiled, leave the keto chimichurri sauce in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for about an hour. By allowing your sauce to rest, the flavor of the parsley and cilantro herbs will absorb into the base of the sauce which makes it a perfect match to the flavor of a juicy grilled steak.

a plate of steak covered in chimichurri sauce with a fork and more steak nearby

What to Use Chimichurri Sauce on?

Chimichurri sauce is a fresh and vibrant sauce made of common herbs, like parsley and cilantro, and ingredients, making it great to go on just about anything. From grilled steaks, like flat iron steak, skirt steak or flank steak, and chorizo sausages to chicken, pork, or fish, chimichurri is a delicious addition to any protein. You can even drizzle the chimichurri sauce recipe on top of vegetables, on eggs, or use it as a marinade or dipping sauce. This easy-to-match sauce will make your meals shine.

Storage

Since all of the ingredients in this easy chimichurri sauce are uncooked fresh vegetables, or basics like oil and vinegar, this sauce can stay refrigerated for up to 5 days. In fact, it will even taste better if you let the sauce sit at least overnight in the refrigerator. By allowing the sauce to sit, the flavor of the herbs (parsley, cilantro and oregano) and ingredients will infuse together with the oils, creating a stronger flavored sauce. All you need to do is whip up a large batch of keto chimichurri sauce and put it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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