Steak with Chimichurri Sauce (Carne con Chimichurri)

by Erica Dinho on July 11, 2009

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Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

Chimichurri is a traditional Argentinean herb sauce, but there are other South American variations. In Colombia we add cilantro to the chimichurri. You can keep this sauce refrigerated for up to a week.

Steak with chimichurri Sauce

Steak with chimichurri Sauce



(4-6 Servings)


  • 1 ½ pounds flank steak, trimmed
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • Chimichurri

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 ½ cups fresh parsley
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Receta de salsa chimichurri


  1. Combine 2 tablespoons olive, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, ½ tablespoon ground cumin and ½ teaspoon mustard in a small bowl, mix well. Rub the steak with the marinade and place in a large bag. Seal and refrigerate for a least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. To prepare chimichurri: Place all the chimichurri ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a container.
  3. To prepare steak: Remove steak from marinade bag and remove as much of the marinade as possible. Discard remaining marinade. Place the steak on the preheated grill and cook 5 minutes on each side for medium doneness or cook until desired degree of doneness.
  4. Remove from grill and allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes. Slice the steak against the grain and top with chimichurri sauce.
  5. Chimichurri

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rebecca subbiah July 11, 2009 at 8:39 PM

now I know what chimchurri is like it LOL


2 Sophie July 12, 2009 at 6:45 AM

I so love Chimichurri: it so healthy yet so tastefull!


3 Juju July 12, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I so need to jot down your chimchurri recipe :)


4 Oysterculture July 12, 2009 at 1:21 PM

ah, this the kind of recipe I want to look at after a long run – I love chimichurri in all its incarnations – made one recently for fish and it was yummy.

This recipe looks fantastic!


5 Kim July 12, 2009 at 4:59 PM

The Chimichurri sounds wonderful. I can imagine how much flavor it brings to the steak! Nice!


6 Velva July 12, 2009 at 6:46 PM

The recipe looks wonderful!!! I was recently thinking about chimichurri as I was passing a bottled version of it in the spice aisle at my local grocery store. I know! I know! There is no comparison to a fresh homemade version. The recipe that you provided on your blog is proof! I hope to make it soon.



7 Cynthia July 12, 2009 at 8:39 PM

I love that this sauce can go with some many other things.


8 Karine July 12, 2009 at 9:06 PM

the chimichurri looks great! I should try it :)


9 Sarah Naveen July 13, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Wow!!! looks fabulous!!!!
Chimichuri is real new to me!!!


10 Marta July 13, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Chimichurri is only like the best sauce on meats! Delicious variation here!
Gracias por tu lindo email :) A veces blogger no me deja comentar en otros sitios tampoco, que fastidio!


11 Felisha July 13, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Looks yummy. Do you add the lime juice in with the marinade too?


12 Erica July 13, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Hi Felisha,
Yes, you add the lime juice to the marinade.


13 Erica July 13, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments!


14 epicurean's market July 13, 2009 at 9:37 PM

We have flank steak in the freezer — definitley making this soon. :)


15 Allison Lemons July 13, 2009 at 11:09 PM

I LOVE Chimichurri! I haven’t found it anywhere in Berkeley, but in New York good chimichurri is everywhere. I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks!


16 Kim July 15, 2009 at 8:04 AM

I have never tried chimichurri, but I’ve always wanted to. Looks and sounds great, perfect with steak or even chicken.


17 nora@ffr July 16, 2009 at 11:44 AM

i just love love love the sauce :)


18 Ziho July 20, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Me encanta la salsa chimichurri hasta para acompañar cualquier pizza mmmmm


19 Jessica April 10, 2010 at 8:53 AM

I used to visit a restaurant in Chicago that had the best carne asada and chimichurri. Since I moved, I’ve been looking for a recipe I could make at home. THANK YOU SO MUCH!


20 Cece June 3, 2010 at 8:22 PM

This dish was so delish!!! Making it again tonight; )
can’t wait for the next party so that I can present this dish!


21 Adriana July 5, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Thanks again for your recipes Erica. I made the chimichurri last Saturday for a BBQ party we were invited. We were mostly colombians, some from Venezuela and a couple from the U.S. Everybody loved the chimichurri!


22 Anonymous July 9, 2010 at 7:29 PM

This chimichurri was wonderful! I made it today and we loved it….perfect for grilled meat.


23 Austin December 23, 2010 at 7:23 PM

I just made your Chimichurri Sauce (first time gringo..) to bring to X-mas bar b que at my Colombian GF’s tomorrow …(Will top the plank steaks) I’m vegetarian so if I’m lucky someone makes some patacones!!


24 Mariam March 28, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Hi Erica,
Thanks for posting all these great recipes. I must tell you, I’ve tried many of them and they always turn out so delicious!!! Hey, thanks to you, I look good in the kitchen and can actually enjoy cooking, ha, ha, ha.

I need your help here, the instructions for this recipe say to add ½ teaspoon mustard to the steak marinade, but the mustard is not listed in the ingredients. Was this a typo or this is correct?

THANK YOU and keep posting!


25 Erica March 28, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Mariam-Add mustard to the marinade! :)


26 Dirty Sanchez June 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM

In the butt,in the butt.


27 Dirty Sanchez June 2, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I’d like to give it to you in the butt,in the butt.


28 Ana Frye August 31, 2013 at 12:43 AM

This look amazing! is the Chimichurri spicy in any way?


29 Margo Thomas September 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Erica… The first time I ever tasted Chimichurri sauce was several years ago, at an Argentinean restaurant in Santa Barbara, CA. It was served with grilled steaks and was delicious. I now use it on my fresh- caught Chinook fished right in front of my house inOregon! Your recipe is THE BEST… I love the addition of fresh cilantro! Thank you for a fun, interesting and educational blog!


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