steak with chimichurri sauce on a blue and white enamel plate

Three South American Recipes for a Dinner Party - Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

5 from 2 votes
COURSE: Main Course
CUISINE: South American
KEYWORD: Chimichurri Sauce, Steak
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes
SERVINGS: 6 people
CALORIES: 323kcal
AUTHOR: The Home Cook's Kitchen
A South American feast wouldn’t be complete without a delicious and easy steak with chimichurri recipe! Quick and easy, this steak is great for cooking for large crowds. 


Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, very, very finely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tbsp oregano, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 a jalapeno, seeds removed, finely diced
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • 6 pieces of good quality steak, around 3.5oz/100g per person
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp salt, divided between the 6 steaks
  • 2 tsp pepper, divided between the 6 steaks


Chimichurri Sauce

  • Combine parsley, garlic, oregano, jalapeno, lemon zest, juice and salt and pepper in a small bowl. 
  • Add olive oil (I usually start with ¼ cup) and stir. You want a consistency that is similar to a pesto. I usually like to see a little olive oil swimming in the chimichurri. 
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil over high heat– you’ll need an oil with a high smoking point with a neutral flavour. That is why I prefer to use grapeseed oil.
  • Add your steaks, and cook according to preferences. Depending on the size of the steak, this could be anywhere from 3 minutes, to 8 minutes per side. As a general guide, I tend to wait until I see blood appear on the top side of the steak before I flip it. Do not flip the steak more than once, otherwise, it’ll become tough. 
  • Let the steak rest for 5 minutes, before slicing it into pieces.
  • Serve with the chimichurri. 


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1221mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 885IU | Vitamin C: 14.4mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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