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This fresh basil chimichurri is one my my favorite easy sauces to pour over grilled meats and vegetables. It was created out of frustration due to the fact that I planted way too much basil in my home garden like I do every Spring.

Basil Chimichurri Recipe
Photo by Larry White

Traditionally I've always served chimichurri with fattier cuts of meat from beef and lamb, but it actually pairs very nicely with lean meats such as venison and shrimp. The floral and anise flavors of the popular Thai basil along with the olive oil make this a great herb to incorporate into your wild game dishes.

The addition of toasted pumpkin seed oil and fish sauce really round this sauce out and makes it a great accompaniment to just about any vegetable that you can throw at it. And don't sleep on pouring this chimichurri over your cheeses. It's excellent drizzled over warmed goats cheese, baked brie and burrata. And for a spicy chimichurri, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a seeded and minced jalapeno for some added heat!


Yes, this chimichurri works great with a few different basil varieties. My favorites are Thai holy basil, Genovese, lemon basil, greek and Tuscany. I wouldn't recommend using cinnamon basil due to its pungent flavor profile. If you're in the mood to try out a different herb, try adding in 1 teaspoon of chopped mint for the perfect lamb pairing.


This sauce is best stored in your refrigerator. The chimichurri will last in the fridge for up to 3 weeks covered with a tight fitting lid. I recommend using a non-reactive food container like pyrex due to the fact the the sauce contains vinegar.


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Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Yield: 1 1/4 cups

Author: Larry White


  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 6 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon good quality fish sauce (optional)

  • 2 teaspoons toasted pumpkin seed oil

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • pinch of black pepper

  • kosher salt to taste


  1. In a microwavable safe dish, heat the 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon kosher salt for 1 minutes. Stir to dissolve the salt, set aside to let cool while you continue the recipe.

  2. Mince the garlic, basil and oregano very finely and add to a non-reactive bowl. Add the red pepper flakes.

  3. Whisk in the olive oil, toasted pumpkin seed oil and vinegar.

  4. Whisk in the water and salt mixture.

  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to help the flavors meld together. The chimichurri can be kept in the refrigerator covered tightly for about 3 weeks.


  • Can you freeze chimichurri? Yes! For easy access to smaller portions, you can freeze the sauce sauce in an ice cube trays until solid. Then transfer the frozen cubes over to an air tight container or gallon freezer bag until needed. You can also freeze the sauce into one solid mass by placing it in good safe plastic or glass containers with a tight fitting lid. You can thaw the sauce out at room temperature or by placing it in your refrigerator the night before you plan on using it.



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Chef Larry White

Hey folks, I'm Larry. The recipes you'll find here are inspired by my years as a chef, travels as a hunter, and being a father. I cook from these experiences, so my food ranges anywhere from fun and creative to traditional and to what somewhat family style comfort food.     

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