Grilled Chimichurri Steak

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Delicious chimichurri sauce is perfect for tenderizing lean and healthy flank steak this summer. A perfect easy grilling recipe for serving with rice or potatoes, fresh tomatoes, or for building a flavorful steak sandwich.

A blue plate holds a serving of rice with chunks of steak drizzled with fresh green chimichurri sauce. Fresh tomatoes are sliced in the back.

Chimichurri steak is one of our favorite ways to prepare flank steak for an easy family dinner during the summer.

The fresh chimichurri sauce is poured over a scored flank steak and left to marinate for several days in the fridge.

Grill the steak and slice it thinly against the grain for steak sandwiches or cut it into larger chunks if you plan to serve it over rice. Drizzle with reserved chimichurri sauce for a delicious and flavorful meal in a pinch!

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What is Chimichurri Sauce?

Chimichurri sauce is a vibrant and zesty sauce or marinade that pairs perfectly with flank steak. Bursting with fresh herbs, tangy vinegar, and a hint of heat, this classic South American sauce is a true flavor powerhouse that elevates any dish it accompanies.

The flavors of finely chopped parsley, garlic, and oregano create a fragrant base to build your meal around. Enhanced with a splash of tangy red wine vinegar, the marinade has a delightful acidity to balance it all out.

If you're looking for a spicier alternative, you'll love this skhug sauce which has much more heat than my traditional chimichurri recipe.

Why This is the Best Recipe

I think this is the best chimichurri steak recipe because:

  1. Prep Ahead: The dish tastes best when the steak has been able to marinate for several days. This makes the final cooking process go so quick and easy!
  2. So Much Flavor: All the fresh flavors of summer are mixed in that steak sauce. Be sure to reserve some for drizzling over your dinner.
  3. Unique and Flexible: Chimichurri sauce is so different from all the other dishes in our family's rotation, it is such a great change of pace. You can use it for several different serving ideas, be sure to see my notes below.


The ingredients to make the chimichurri sauce for the flank steak are on the counter.

The entire marinade is made in the bowl of a food processor so it is very simple.

All you'll need to make the chimichurri sauce is:

  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Jalapeño Pepper: stem trimmed off, cut into large chunks
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Lime
  • Dried Oregano
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Olive Oil

The fresh herbs are essential, it will not work to try to substitute with dried herbs because the fresh greens are what make up the bulk of the sauce.

To finish your dish, you will also need:

  • Steak: A flank steak is our favorite but beef tips or beef tenderloin work great, too.

Make the Chimichurri Sauce

This steak sauce is so easy to make if you have a food processor or blender.

First, add the jalapeño and garlic cloves to the food processor bowl and pulse until everything is minced finely.

If you're using a blender, you may need to do that step by hand.

Add the fresh cilantro and fresh parsley to the food processor and pulse a few times to roughly chop them.

You may need to work in small batches, adding a handful of herbs at a time, so you don't clog the blade. It is a LOT of herbs to process and can be easier done with smaller bits at a time.

The fresh parsley is in the food processor.

Add the lime juice and dried oregano to the bowl.

With the lid in place and the food processor running, add the red wine vinegar first and follow it with the olive oil.

The sauce will be smooth and bright green like this:

The finished green chimichurri sauce is smooth and blended in the food processor bowl.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Marinate the Steak

FIRST: Be sure to reserve half of the marinade for extra drizzles over your final dish. You never want to use marinade that has touched raw beef as a dressing over your dinner.

The chimichurri sauce works great stirred into simple white rice or over fresh tomatoes. We happily slather it on just about anything. So be sure to reserve some for using to prep your final meal.

Then, take the other half of the marinade and coat the raw beef in it. Let it sit for 2 hours or up to 3 days before using.

If you're using a flat flank steak, use a paring knife to score diagonal hashmarks over both sides of the beef before you marinate it. This will help the sauce truly flavor the meat all the way through.

Grill the Steak

We find it easiest to string all-beef kabobs on skewers for grilling. When the meat is cut into even pieces, it all cooks at about the same time.

If you want grilled vegetables, thread those onto separate skewers from the beef.

This works great when we're using beef tenderloin or beef tips, with a flank steak we don't bother with the skewers at all and just grill it as is.

The kabobs of beef chunks are cooking on the grill.

Serving Suggestions

The finished steak is on a bed of rice with green chimichurri sauce drizzled over the top. Fresh tomatoes are in the background.

There are several ways you could serve the chimichurri steak:

1. Chimichurri Steak Rice Bowls

Serve the chimichurri steak over a bed of jasmine rice or stir extra chimichurri sauce into the rice for a simple herby rice.

Add a batch of my roasted cherry tomatoes or even these roasted peppers and pineapple.

2. Chimichurri Steak Sandwiches

Pile thinly sliced chimichurri steak onto crispy fresh bread.

Drizzle with more chimichurri sauce on top and add slices of fresh tomato.

3. Chimichurri Steak with Potatoes

The chimichurri sauce would pair really with with roasted sweet potatoes or even my oven roasted mini potatoes and onions.

Add a batch of marinated tomatoes for a fresh and simple side.

4. Carb Free Chimichurri Steak Platters

If you just want a fresh and healthy dinner that is loaded with in-season produce, why not serve the skewers of steak alongside a few veggie-heavy sides.

My caprese salad with fresh tomatoes would be an excellent start. You could drizzle the chimichurri sauce over the top instead of the balsamic vinegar.

📖 Recipe

A blue plate holds a serving of rice with chunks of steak drizzled with fresh green chimichurri sauce. Fresh tomatoes are sliced in the back.

Chimichurri Steak

5 from 1 vote
Need an easy grilling recipe for flank steak? This delicious chimichurri sauce makes the beef tender and pairs so well with fresh tomatoes during the summer.
TOTAL TIME 1 hour 20 minutes
PREP TIME 10 minutes
Marinate 1 hour
COOK TIME 10 minutes
YIELD 8 servings


For the Chimichurri Sauce:

  • 1 jalapeño pepper stem trimmed off, cut into large chunks
  • 6 - 8 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 2 bunches cilantro washed and dried
  • 2 bunches parsley washed and dried
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the Steak:

  • 2 pounds flank steak or beef tips leave the flank steak whole, cut the beef tips into smaller cubes for skewers


Prepare the Chimichurri Sauce:

  • Add the jalapeño and garlic cloves to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and pulse the machine until the peppers are minced.
  • Wash and dry the cilantro and parsley. Slowly add one bunch of the fresh herbs at a time to the food processor and roughly chop them. Be careful not to jam the blade by overfilling it, work in small batches adding more once the previous bunch is chopped up.
  • Add the lime juice and oregano to the food processor bowl.
  • With the blade running, slowly pour in the red wine vinegar and then the olive oil. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Marinate the Steak:

  • Cut the beef tips into large cubes OR score your flank steak with a paring knife on both sides of the beef. Place the steak in a large bowl or plastic zip top bag.
  • Combine the steak meat and half of the marinade. Let it chill in the fridge for at least one hour or up to 3 days.

Grill the Steak:

  • When you are ready to grill, drain off the excess marinade and thread the cut steak tips onto pre-soaked skewers (or leave the flank steak whole.)
  • Turn the skewers to get grill marks on all sides for a total of about 10 minutes or until the steak is done medium-well. Serve with reserved chimichurri sauce for dipping or drizzling over the top.

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The photo collage shows a dinner plate with chimichurri steak chunks over rice next to a photo of the beef kabobs on the grill.


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  2. are you sure that shouldn't be one quarter cup of the red wine vinegar? I just made it in the vinegar is very overwhelming. Other recipes seem to have one quarter cup of the vinegar to the 3/4 cup of the olive oil

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