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Cilantro Sauce

Nisha Vora
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2- inch (~1.25 cm) knob ginger, thinly sliced or julienned
  • 1/2 of a jalapeño pepper, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (~16g) fresh cilantro (leaves and thin stems; discard tough stems)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/3 cup water, plus more as needed


  • In a small skillet, heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic, ginger, and jalapeño pepper and cook for 60-90 seconds, stirring frequently, until garlic starts to turn golden. Then add the ground coriander, cumin, and salt. Cook for 30 seconds, tossing frequently to combine and to prevent burning. Remove from the heat.
  • Transfer the spiced oil mixture to a food processor (or blender). Add the cilantro, lime juice, and water. Blend until the mixture is relatively smooth, and add a bit more water if needed to bring the sauce together. Taste for seasonings and add more salt or lime juice as needed.
Keyword gluten-free, nut-free, sauce, soy-free
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