I always thought that Chimichurri was a marinade made with cilantro. Because I am not a fan of cilantro, it was something I never considered.

I came across this recipe as I was searching for something novel to prepare  for dinner.

The ingredients were appealing to me, so I thought I would give it a try. I was skeptical at first, which was why I decided to use it as a sauce on the side and not as a marinade. 

I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was definitely blog-worthy. I am happy to be sharing this with you and I really think you will love it too!

Chimichurri is very similar to a pesto sauce. There are many varieties (some do use cilantro) and this version is a combination of parsley, oregano, garlic, oil and vinegar. You can even add a little bit of chili pepper or red pepper flakes. 

Although it is a marinade  commonly used on steak, you can use it on poultry or fish. I am definitely going to try it that way as well!

Ingredients for the Chimichurri

1 bunch of flat leaf parsley
8 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 cup of good extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon wedge
1 tbsp. diced red onion
1 tbsp. dried oregano or 4 sprigs fresh, chopped
1 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Pulse parsley in food processor to chop.

Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend.

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You can separate the sauce, half for cooking and half to place on steaks afterward. I choose to cook the steaks with my own ingredients, then place the sauce on the side when I served it.

Ingredients for the Steak

2 or 3 skirt steaks

Set oven to broil.

1/2 tbsp. onion powder
1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Mix ingredients together and rub onto both sides of steak.

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Place steak in oven for 5 minutes each side.

Be careful. Try to judge how thick your steaks are. If they are thin, set your timer for 4 minutes each side.

If after 5 minutes each side is too rare for you, then set your timer for 1-minute increments, until they are cooked to your preference. Remember, they will continue to cook after you take them out of the oven!

Simply delicious!

It’s that simple!