Easy 5-Ingredient Cilantro Sauce with Garlic

For fast flavor, this easy cilantro sauce can’t be beat! It’s super simple to make, and combined with lime and garlic, it’s a great way to utilize an exuberant crop of cilantro.

Serve it with these slow cooker chicken tacos.

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I love easy. And this recipe? Is easy. Even better though is when my family starts rummaging through the fridge asking if there’s any more of that yummy sauce left. 

Whether you’re growing your own cilantro or picking some up at the farmers market, plan on making up a batch of this next time dinner needs an extra zing. It’s an obvious pairing for tacos, of course, but it’s delicious spread in wraps, drizzled on scrambled eggs, or in a panini sandwich. 

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Making this easy cilantro sauce

You’ll need a food processor, blender, or food processor for this. You won’t be able to get the ingredients chopped finely enough by hand. Of course, if you don’t mind a slightly chunkier version, it will still taste delicious and be more like a salsa. 

Use the leaves of the cilantro, removing the thicker stems. 

Simply drop all of the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until pureed. It’s that simple! 

Store this cilantro garlic sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. To preserve this sauce longer, freeze in small containers much like you would pesto

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Cilantro Sauce with Lime and Garlic

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Processing Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes

This delicious cilantro sauce makes a flavorful addition to sandwiches, wraps, and -- of course -- tacos.


  • 2 cups cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/8 cup lime juice (or lemon!)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Wash and dry cilantro. Remove thick stems. cilantro and garlic in a food processor
  2. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process for 30 seconds or so; scrape down sides. green sauce in a food processor
  3. Continue processing until the ingredients are pureed.
  4. Store cilantro sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze in small containers to preserve longer.


To use an immersion blender, combine ingredients in a wide-mouth jar. Pulse the immersion blender on and off, moving it up and down until all cilantro leaves are incorporated, then run blender until the sauce is fully pureed.

This is delicious served with tacos, but also a great addition to wraps or (so my son says) drizzled on scrambled eggs.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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About the author: Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle. She’s a certified Master Food Preserver and longtime gardener who loves to turn the harvest into pantry staples.

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