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Basil Chumichurri Sauce

Seeking the perfect basil garlic sauce? This basil chimichurri recipe yields a robust, bold, summery sauce perfect for drizzling on so many foods.

Basil chimichurri is shown drizzled on a bowl of rice, onions and other ingredients.

The great thing about having friends who love food as much as I do is that I can email or message them for advice and they can instantly inspire me (and sometimes save the day). I was chatting with Maris about needing something more for a dish I was working on (more on that on Monday) when she suggested that I make chimichurri to go with it.

Ding, ding, ding!

Since I had a lovely bunch of fresh basil waiting to be used, it was only natural that I adapt the sauce to focus on this summery herb. Basil. Garlic. Olive oil. Red wine vinegar. Seasonings. You won’t ever mistake this basil sauce for pesto — it’s a whole different fresh and tangy take on the herb favorite.

Making chimichurri sauce is so incredibly easy. You just stuff everything into a mini food processor, whirl it around and it’s done and ready to use.

This basil chimichurri is great with steak, chicken or even on rice with grilled onions, which is how I ate it. And it was good. So good. This basil garlic sauce would also be fantastic drizzled on fresh mozzarella and tomatoes as a different take on Caprese salad.

A basil garlic sauce is shown on a rice bowl with onions.

What have you been making with basil lately?

Note: This recipe is adapted from Simply Recipes’ recipe for traditional chimichurri.

Basil Chumichurri Sauce

Basil Chumichurri Sauce

Yield: serves 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Seeking the perfect basil garlic sauce? This basil chimichurri recipe yields a robust, bold, summery sauce perfect for drizzling on so many foods.


  • 1 cup finely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor (a mini food processor works great) and process until the basil pieces are small and even.
  2. Drizzle on chicken, steak or whatever you like.


Sunday 25th of June 2023

Fantastic on steak. I threw a tiny bit of white onion and a few mint leaves in with the rest of the ingredients and it was phenomenal. Thanks for a great recipe!


Wednesday 14th of September 2022

Can this sauce be frozen?

Sarah Walker Caron

Monday 26th of September 2022

That's a great question, Nancy. I've never tried it, but I do freeze pesto (which has a similar ingredients list) with success, so I imagine it will be fine.


Saturday 4th of June 2022

Fast, easy and TOTALLY DELICIOUS! Had this on an otherwise unremarkable frozen cauliflower pizza and it made it just yummy. Thank you!


Saturday 29th of August 2015

This was wonderful- put it on a pizza with some great tomatoes!

the bar and bean

Tuesday 10th of February 2015

[…] and scrambled the eggs with some rosemary in a cast-iron skillet and topped it all off with some basil chimichurri Katie whipped up […]

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