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Spicy Asian Chimichurri Sauce

by Jamie

This spicy Asian chimichurri sauce is made with fresh parsley, cilantro, mint & basil and seasoned with Thai chilis, sesame oil & ginger for an Asian twist!

Asian chimichurri sauce in a glass mason jar

This spicy Asian chimichurri sauce adds a twist to the traditional chimichurri flavors by adding a few Asian ingredients for a spicy kick! Thai chilis, sesame oil, ginger, and fish sauce add amazing Asian flavors while still letting the fresh herbs shine. 

What is Chimichurri Sauce?

Chimichurri sauce is a fresh herb sauce made primarily of parsley that originated from South America. It’s popular in Argentina and Uruguay and is used in cooking, grilling, as a marinade, and also as a condiment. 

  • traditional ingredients include parsley, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, vinegar, and olive oil.
  • usually green but can also be red due to adding tomatoes
  • variations include different herbs such as cilantro and basil

Asian chimichurri sauce in a bowl with a silver spoon with white background

Successful Herb Garden = Chimichurri Time!

This summer was the first time I started a balcony herb garden. I’ve had many failed attempts at growing fresh herbs indoors in an apartment so I didn’t have my hopes set very high. But now that we moved into a house, I wanted to give it another try. Wow I was shocked at how fast herbs can grow outdoors! I had no idea growing them outdoors made such a difference. So now I have a problem of what to do with so many herbs. 

I decided on making an Asian chimichurri sauce! If you’re a fan of Asian flavors and love fresh herbs, this is the sauce for you!

How to Make Spicy Asian Chimichurri Sauce:

Add any Asian flavors you want! This is a super versatile sauce where you can add any herbs and spices and still have it taste delicious! For this recipe, I used:

  • sesame oil
  • Thai chili peppers
  • splash of fish sauce
  • rice wine vinegar
  • ginger

fresh green herbs, jalapeno, shallot, and ginger

Throw all your ingredients into the food processor and start pulsing until the herbs are coarsely chopped. Next slowly drizzle in your olive oil until it’s combined.jalapenos, herbs, and shallots in a food processor

Serve this spicy Asian chimichurri sauce with any protein or spoon over grilled veggies. You can even use this chimichurri sauce as a marinade for meats, seafood, and veggies. 

Asian chimichurri sauce on a spoon with white background

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Asian chimichurri sauce in a glass mason jar

Spicy Asian Chimichurri Sauce

This spicy Asian chimichurri sauce is made with fresh parsley, cilantro, mint & basil and seasoned with Thai chilis, sesame oil & ginger for an Asian twist!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Argentinian, Asian, South American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 225kcal


  • 3 stalks scallions
  • 1/2 medium shallot
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes
  • 1⅔ Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce optional; can substitute with soy sauce or add more salt
  • 1 jalapeno optional for spice
  • 1 Thai chili pepper optional for spice
  • salt to taste

Fresh Herbs - total 1¾ cups

  • 1/2 cup parsley tightly packed (stems can be included)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro tightly packed (stems can be included)
  • 1/2 cup basil tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves tightly packed



  • Add all the ingredients to a food processor except the olive oil. Pulse the food processor a few times until everything is coarsely chopped. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while pulsing a few more times until the olive oil is combined. Add salt to taste. Serve with your favorite protein or spoon over grilled veggies.


  • You can substitute any combination of fresh herbs that add up to 1 3/4 cups. 
  • Makes 1.5 cups
  • Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 781IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes August 27, 2019 - 10:25 pm

5 stars
What a vibrant and delicious colour! Can’t wait to give this a try 🙂

Jamie August 28, 2019 - 5:35 pm

Thanks Alex! Yes I love the color too! Hope you like it!

Irina August 27, 2019 - 9:04 pm

5 stars
Made this chimichurri sauce tonight and served with roasted vegetables. I just loved it!!! Thanks for sharing.

Jamie August 29, 2019 - 5:10 pm

That’s great to hear Irina! So glad you loved it! 😀

Genevieve August 27, 2019 - 8:40 pm

5 stars
This recipe is so green and gorgeous! Beautiful job!

Jamie August 28, 2019 - 5:35 pm

Thank you so much Genevieve!

Noelle August 27, 2019 - 8:24 pm

5 stars
I love this spicy version of chimichurri!! Great recipe

Jamie August 28, 2019 - 5:34 pm

Awesome to hear Noelle! So glad you love it!

Kelly Anthony August 27, 2019 - 7:11 pm

5 stars
What a great twist on one of my favorite sauces. I almost always have some kind of chimichurri in the fridge and I can’t wait to try this spicy asian twist.

Jamie August 28, 2019 - 5:34 pm

Thank you Kelly! It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite sauces too!

Krissy Allori August 27, 2019 - 6:26 pm

5 stars
This sauce sounds amazing. I know my husband will love it!