by Erica Dinho on October 10, 2009

CilantroI adore cilantro and a Colombian kitchen isn’t complete without this delicious herb. Cilantro has a distinct flavor that can make this a love it or hate it herb. Colombia is not alone in its love of cilantro and use in most kitchens around the country. Other countries such as India, China, Mexico and many other Latin America countries also cook regularly with cilantro.

Cilantro is also known as a Coriander or Chinese parsley. Here are some recipes from my archives using this delicious and aromatic herb.

Tilapia with Cilantro Pesto

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Salmon with Cilantro-Garlic Oil


Spinach Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Colombian Hot Sauce

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claudia Medeiros October 10, 2009 at 7:48 AM

You’re right , Erica ! Cilantro has a great importance in our culinary . Here , in Brazil , we use it for almost everything !
Have a wonderful Saturday … with cilantro ! :D


2 Angie's Recipes October 10, 2009 at 7:52 AM

I like cilantro too. Fresh cilantro is only available in Turkish shops here.


3 Baking is my Zen October 10, 2009 at 8:30 AM

What would life be like without cilantro? It is a ‘must have’ in the kitchen. Thanks for the recipes.


4 the epicurean's market October 10, 2009 at 9:08 AM

We grow it in our garden every year. I love how cilantro perks up dishes is such a bold way. ~Mina


5 Divina October 10, 2009 at 9:29 AM

I used to hate cilantro. Now I love them so much. The dish is not the same without eat. Thanks for posting a list of recipes where I can use more cilantro.


6 Joan Nova October 10, 2009 at 10:21 AM

…I just don’t get people who say they hate cilantro…what’s to hate? It’s so fresh and adds so much to so many cuisines.


7 girlichef October 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Cilantro is something we cannot do without in our house!


8 Erica October 10, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Thank you everyone :)


9 Anna October 10, 2009 at 11:34 AM

I love everything about cilantro, the smell, the taste, and looks really good too. But I never tried cilantro pesto. Must be yummy.


10 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen October 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM

I agree, I love cilantro, it is my parsley.


11 Diana October 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

I can’t live without this herb! So odd, my sister can’t stand the smell of it! I don’t get it, It’s a staple in my home ;)


12 thalassamov October 10, 2009 at 3:32 PM


I love coriander! We have it in our kitchen too. In greek we call it Cόliandros.


13 Danielle October 11, 2009 at 3:38 AM

I absolutely love cilantro. I could just stick my face in a bunch of cilantro and inhale….just the fragrance alone is wonderful. I keep a bunch in my fridge constantly (in a mug with 1″ of water, covered with a plastic bag to keep it fresh….works great!!)


14 nora@ffr October 11, 2009 at 2:43 PM

yumm!! coriander is a very delish green leaf! i used it almost in all of my curries :)
thanx for the info eric!


15 zerrin October 11, 2009 at 8:03 PM

I’m not familiar with cilantro, but it looks so similar to parsley. As I’m a big fan of herbs, I’m sure I would love it.


16 Sophie October 11, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I also love cilantro!! It is called coriander leaves here in Belgium!


17 Erica October 11, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Thank you all for the wonderful comments!


18 Oysterculture October 12, 2009 at 11:51 AM

I agree, cilantro is a love it or hate it herb. I happen to love it. I understand that some people are missing an enzyme that makes cilantro taste like soapy dishwater, hence the hate it camp I guess. Lucky me, as I seem to have that enzyme.


19 Chris De La Rosa October 12, 2009 at 6:49 PM

I can’t live without cilantro now. Growing up in the Caribbean we use something very similar in flavour called shado beni. But since moving to Canada it’s hard to source it, so I’ve been hooked on cilantro.

happy cooking



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