cilantro and lime inspired ‘chimicurri’ steak

the first time i made this marinade and sauce, my husband and i were surprised at how much flavor was in both the marinade and the sauce. it has been a while since we’ve had steak and this week my husband was supposed to have a business dinner  with collegues at a great steak house in our city. it was cancelled at the last minute and, since, the steak and potatoes my husband had been craving, needed to be satiated. this was the perfect fit. i was able to create one of my favorite sauces and he was going to satiate his craving for steak…


1/2 c chopped cilantro

1/2 c lime juice

3 tbs olive oil

lime zest from one lime

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp kosher salt

1.5 – 2 lbs sirloin (or which ever cut of meat you prefer)


2 c chopped cilantro

3 tbs olive oil

juice of 1 lime

2 garlic cloves

1/2 jalapeno, de-seeded

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried sage

1/2 tsp red chili flakes

1 tsp sea salt and 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

place all the marinade ingredients in a resealable 1 gallon bags and mix thoroughly. add the steak, seal, and place in refrigerator for several hours and up to 24 hours. the prefered marinade time is between 12 and 24 hours. turn occassionally and remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before grilling.

meanwhile, combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until well blended. place in a small bowl. can be made several hours in advance. place in refrigerator and remove to bring to room temperature before serving.

heat the grill to medium high. remove steaks from marinade and discard remaining marinade. place the steaks on the grill. grill approximately 10-15 minutes for medium rare depending on size of steaks. turn once. remove from grill and let sit for 5 minutes under loose foil. serve the steak with the cilantro sauce immediately. (serves 4-6)


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