Cilantro Green Sauce

This Cilantro Green Sauce recipe is unparalleled in its versatility and vibrant flavors! Crafted with fresh cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and a hint of cumin, this sauce elevates any dish it touches! Whether you’re grilling steak, baking fish, or savoring tacos, this flavorful sauce promises to enhance your culinary creations!

The green sauce being spooned with a spoon.

Why I Love This Recipe

I love this Cilantro Green Sauce recipe because it’s incredibly easy to whip up and bursting with fresh flavors! My own take on the classic green sauce, it’s as versatile as my beloved Miso Mayo and Garlic Lemon Spread, I promise it will add a delightful touch to any dish! Made with lime and jalapeno, it’s creamy, zesty, with just the right amount of spiciness, I crafted this no additive recipe to be prefect for anyone seeking a simple, healthy sauce to elevate their meals in just 1 minute!

Plus, it’s made simply by combining all the ingredients into a food processor, just like my Japanese Sesame Sauce, making it even more convenient to whip up whenever you need it. Trust me, once you try this sauce, you’ll want to drizzle it on everything!



  • Mayonnaise – use regular mayo such as Best Food/Hellman’s.
  • Cilantro – trim off the end and use the whole bunch, stems leaves and all.
  • Garlic – whole cloves, peeled.
  • Lime Juice – fresh squeezed is best.
  • Cumin – a spice found in most supermarkets.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.

Additional Add Ins

Experiment with additional add-ins like Greek Yogurt, Sour Cream, Avocados, Parsley, Fresh Basil, and White Vinegar to customize your sauce and explore various flavor profiles while preserving the essence of the original recipe.

Ingredients for the green sauce laid out on a cutting board.

Essential Kitchen Equipment


Step 1 Place mayo, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, cumin, and salt into a food processor or blender and blend until the mixture reaches a smooth, saucy consistency.

Cilantro green sauce in a food processor.

🌶️ Spiciness Pro Tip

Control the level of spiciness by adjusting the amount of jalapeno used, Removing Seeds for Milder Heat.

🌀 Blending Pro Tip

For smoother blending, consider Loosely Chopping the Ingredients before adding them to the food processor.

Pairing Recommendations

This vibrant cilantro green sauce is a perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes, enhancing their flavors with its zesty and creamy profile. It pairs wonderfully with Spicy Baked Chicken or BBQ Lemon Chicken, adding a burst of flavor to each bite. Additionally, you can elevate the flavors of dishes like Lime Chicken Fried Rice by mixing in this sauce, imparting a refreshing twist to the meal.

All the ingredients for green sauce inside a food processor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to use this green sauce on?

My cilantro green sauce offers remarkable versatility, complementing an array of dishes. Whether you're grilling steak, baking fish, BBQing chicken, smoking ribs, serving tacos, grilling vegetables, or enhancing salads, this flavorful sauce adds a delightful touch to any meal.

What’s the difference between Zhoug, Cilantro Lime, and Aji Verde?

The main difference lies in their base ingredients and flavor profiles; Aji Verde uses mayo, while Cilantro Lime utilizes olive oil and yogurt or sour cream, and Zhoug incorporates olive oil with cardamom and lemon juice. My green sauce recipe resembles Aji Verde but includes cumin for added flavor depth.

Can I make the cilantro green sauce ahead of time?

You can definitely make the cilantro green sauce ahead of time. It holds well in the fridge for an extended period, allowing you to prepare it in advance and use it whenever needed.


The green sauce drizzled over New York steak.

Storage Tips

To store leftover, simply place it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. It will maintain its flavor and freshness for up to 5-7 days.

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The green sauce being spooned with a spoon.

Cilantro Green Sauce

Cilantro Green Sauce - A flavorful and versatile green sauce recipe perfect for adding a zesty kick to any dish. Learn how to make this delicious green sauce from scratch with simple ingredients.
5 from 12 votes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: cilantro green sauce, green sauce recipe
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 6
Print Recipe
Calories: 130kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Cilantro green sauce ingredients.
  • Add mayo, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, cumin, salt into a food processor and pulse until well combined (about 30 seconds).
    Cilantro green sauce in a food processor.
  • Serve as dipping sauce or drizzle on top chicken, fish, steak, taco, vegetables, etc.
    Cilantro green sauce in a bowl.


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 307IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. can i make this in a blender?

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