Classic Argentine Chimichurri Steak

Classic Argentine Chimichurri Steak | All that's Jas

Sometimes a recipe is already so simple that it doesn’t need simplifying, case in point this classic Argentine chimichurri steak. And in its simplicity, it is perfect. The vibrant chimichurri sauce is used both as a marinade and topping for the grilled steak. Not that there is something wrong with a barbecued slab of steak on its own, but the sauce intensifies the flavors and adds a bright note to an otherwise dull composition.

 

Juicy and delicious, this classic Argentine chimichurri steak is first marinated in flavorful and colorful chimichurri sauce then grilled to perfection that packs a ton of flavor. 

 

I’m slowly testing the waters of Latin America and am excited to explore it more, beyond the familiar Mexican cuisine, and share my culinary finds of this rich culture with you.  Because burrito and taco is not the same dish in all of South America, as the owner of our local Puerto Rican bistro will promptly tell you with pride. And he is not wrong. The flavors are noticeably different. But more of Puerto Rican flavors some other time. I haven’t “arrived” there yet, aside from our Javier’s Bistro.

 

Argentina is known for its cuisine packed full of flavor that you can’t resist and mostly consists of food dripping in delicious sauce. Steak is commonly served in many households on a daily basis and the chimichurri sauce gives it a powerful flavor punch.

 

In the Land of Silver, where grilled meat (asado) is a form of art,  chimichurri sauce is an essential condiment and doubles as a marinade. Some chimichurri recipes use cilantro and cumin but not the Argentinian version.

 

The stars of this sauce are parsley and garlic.  Once you make your own batch, you’ll start putting it on nearly everything: from bread to roasted vegetables, potatoes to mixing it into a homemade vinaigrette. I’m pretty sure you’ll find plenty of other uses for it, too.

 

So, if you can’t travel, bring the world to you. Taste the Globe from your own kitchen, or in this case, your backyard! Transport your taste buds to the land of gauchos and world’s number one authority in grilling.

 

Flank or skirt grilled steak with Argentinian-style chimichurri sauce

 

 Step-By-Step Asado Instructions

 

  1. Start your fire. Make a stack of dry wood sitting on top of a heap of lump charcoal. Light the fire. Use a ball of paper underneath the wood to help with this process or add in a few pinecones. Don’t use the lighter fluid.
  2. When the flames and smoke of your initial fire have relented (about 40 minutes), you will have a pile of smoldering charcoal.
  3. Keep the hottest coals aside to avoid fat dripping and flares of smoke, which spoil the flavor of the meat. (Flank and skirt steak respond beautifully to asado cooking.) The temperature is right when you hear a gentle but constant sizzling.
  4. Put the meat on the grill. Cook low and slow until the desired doneness. It normally takes about 40 minutes to 2 hours to cook an asado so don’t worry about overcooking the meat. (I like my beef not to be still breading while I eat it, so my steaks are always well done.)

 

Argentinians don’t like to rush so they take their time to cook and prepare the food and more importantly to enjoy each other’s company. For a lot of Argentinians, the ritual gathering is just as if not more important than the food itself.

 

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Classic Argentine Chimichurri Steak Recipe

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Step by step authentic Argentinian steak with chimichurri sauce

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4-6

Steak

  • 2 lbs skirt steak, flank steak or top round steak (boneless)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Chimichurri sauce

  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped (1 cup, packed)
  • 5 large garlic cloves roughly chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

 

~ Free Tip ~

The sauce is best served at room temperature. It will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge.

 

 

 

ESSENTIALS

for Classic Argentine Chimichurri Steak


 

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Using a food processor or blender, blend the ingredients for the sauce just until everything is combined and garlic is very finely minced. Set aside.
  2. Place the steak in a nonreactive (glass, ceramic, stainless steel) container. Spoon 4 tablespoons of chimichurri sauce on top of steak and spread it around. Flip steak over a few times to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 1 hour or in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Allow steak to come to room temp before proceeding (about 1/2 hour out of the fridge) Preheat grill to high. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper and grill for 3-4 minutes per side (5-6 minutes per side for flank steak), until it is lightly charred on the outside and medium rare inside (or to your liking).
  4. Let steak rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice against the grain. Spoon chimichurri on top or serve on the side.

 

Prepping the Argentine-style steak marinated in chimichurri for grilling

Sliced Argentinian chimichurri steak topped with the sauce

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Classic Argentine Chimichurri Steak | All that's Jas
Classic Argentine Chimichurri Steak
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Marinating Time
1 hr
Total Time
25 mins
 
Juicy and delicious, this classic Argentine chimichurri steak is first marinated in flavorful and colorful chimichurri sauce then grilled to perfection that packs a ton of flavor.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Argentinian
Keyword: grilling
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
Steak
  • 2 lbs skirt steak flank steak or top round steak (boneless)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Chimichurri sauce
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley roughly chopped (1 cup, packed)
  • 5 large garlic cloves roughly chopped about 3 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Using a food processor or blender, blend the ingredients for the sauce just until everything is combined and garlic is very finely minced. Set aside.

  2. Place the steak in a nonreactive (glass, ceramic, stainless steel) container. Spread four tablespoons of chimichurri sauce on top of the steak. Flip steak over a few times to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 1 hour or in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  3. Allow steak to come to room temp before proceeding (about 1/2 hour out of the fridge). Preheat grill to high. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper and grill for 3-4 minutes per side (5-6 minutes per side for flank steak), until it is lightly charred on the outside and medium rare inside (or to your liking).

  4. Let steak rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice against the grain. Spoon chimichurri on top or serve on the side. 

Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

The sauce is best served at room temperature. It will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge.

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26 Comment

  1. Reply
    Aileen Stewart
    May 18, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing :0)

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 19, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks, Aileen!

  2. Reply
    Milena
    May 19, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    I can eat this all summer long, honestly! A well made fresh chimichurri over steak = to die for. Throw in some Pao de Quiejo and this is a complete dinner! Pinned.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 20, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      Yum, it would be great with Pao de Quiejo! Thanks for stopping in, Milena! 🙂

  3. Reply
    Krystal Herrera
    May 20, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Definitely, something new to try for dinner. Thank you for sharing this. Cheers!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 20, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you, Krystal! Hope you like it 🙂

  4. Reply
    Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather
    May 20, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Oh, I made Chimichurri once! I think my boys palates are not “refined” enough yet for that, but I liked it! I should try yours out and see 😉 Thanks Jas!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Yeah, I don’t think chimichurri is high on kids’ list of favorite foods, lol. More for us, ha! Thanks, Marissa!

  5. Reply
    Kirsty Russell
    May 20, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    This looks delicious! I think my husband would truly enjoy this take on steak – thanks so much for sharing, off to give this a try!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 21, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you, Kirsty! Men do love their steaks, don’t they? 🙂

  6. Reply
    Carrie Ford-Coates
    May 21, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I can not wait to try this! I love this Chimichurri on Steak!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 21, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Yay! Thanks, Carrie! 🙂

  7. Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    May 23, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Ahhhh I just learnt something new Jas. Asado is exactly the same as a braai here in South Africa. That’s so cool. After rugby, it’s our national sport 😉 And I can’t wait to try the chimichurri steak. The hubby has already been given all the instructions

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 23, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      LOL, what a great sport. Thank you for trying yet another recipe of mine. I appreciate it so much! Hope the rest of your week is great! x

  8. Reply
    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    May 23, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I’m crazy about chimichurri sauce, it adds so much flavor to all grilled meats…perfect for summer meals.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 23, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      I agree. Amazing how simple ingredients can produce so much flavor. Thanks for visiting, Karen!

  9. Reply
    Love from Munchkintime.com
    May 24, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Delicious steak recipe! Pinning it to my Dinner Recipe Board!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 24, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you, Love! I appreciate it 🙂

  10. Reply
    Alisa Infanti
    May 24, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Looks amazing! Perfect with a good Malbec.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 24, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      Yes, cheers! 😀 Thanks, Alisa!

  11. Reply
    Roseann Hampton
    May 25, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve never tried chimichurri sauce before – looks like something I would definitely like! Pinning to try! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 26, 2018 at 9:07 am

      it’s simple and delicious. I hope you’ll give it a try. 🙂

  12. Reply
    Miz Helen
    May 27, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Your Chimichurri Steak looks amazing, we will love it! Thanks so much for sharing this post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 27, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂

  13. Reply
    Jann Olson
    May 28, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Both the steak and the sauce look amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipes with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 29, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      So happy you like it, Jann! 😀 Thanks for stopping in!

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