cilantro cream sauce

13 | September 12, 2012

Lately, my kitchen (in the new house) has been a disaster area. Like Bruce Willis filming an action movie in my kitchen kind of disaster. If it’s not flooding, something is either exploding, shorting-out, or simply refuses to work. I’m not kidding. The stove shoots fireballs everytime I turn it on. It’s a miracle I have eybrows and my dog still has a tail.

In hopes to get Bruce out of the kitchen we bought all new appliances. A new dishwasher, oven, microwave, and a stove (thank the Lord). Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse when the installers came to install everything and left without installing a thing. Why? Because the previous owners were major DIY kind of people and decided to trap all applainces by tiling the floor and counter over them. They also felt because of their vast knowledge of plumbing that they could install a kitchen sink by using wooden blocks to hold up the plumbing to the sink. The plumber and I are now good friends.

So, while we are waiting for our new granite counter tops to come in and a complete demo to start, every meal in my awesome kitchen has to be extremely simple or Bruce Willis is going to kill me by shooting fireballs out of my incredibly dangerous gas stove. Thankfully, the weather has been great and when I don’t want to risk catching on fire when I turn on a burner, we grill. One of my favorite sauces for grilled food  is this one.

Cinantro Cream Sauce is a delicatly tangy, spicy, and refreshing sauce perfect for meats, fish, and vegetables. Use it spooned over burgers, quesadillas, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, tacos (especially fish tacos), kabobs, blackened salmon, and it’s fantastic over grilled vegetables. I even used it as a plate garnish for hatch chili carnitas on a bed of fresh corn and parmesan polenta (used this recipe as a base: Poblano Carnitas on Goat Cheese Polenta) it was delicious!

Cross your fingers I get a working kitchen soon, please!

Cilantro Cream Sauce makes 1 1/4 cups

  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup good quality plain Greek yogurt*
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (1/2 lime)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild green chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
* Sour cream can be substituted. Low-fat or no-fat may be used as well.

Are you ready for this extreamly hard and challenging recipe? Ok, brace yourselves.
Place all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender.

Process until completely blended.

Serve. Whew, I need a drink.

This sauce is practically good on anything. Like I said, spoon it over burgers (like this lamb burger pictured above), quesadillas, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, tacos (especially fish tacos), kabobs, blackened salmon, and it’s fantastic over grilled vegetables.




  • Jennifer Counseller

    That looks good! I love cilantro!!

  • Ruth S,

    Finally, I think I have found the recipe I have been wanting to try! Now off to the store……

  • Ruth S,

    So sorry to hear of your kitchen upgrade dilemma. How frustrating to have to wait!

  • Julia {The Roasted Root}

    I could think of a million uses for this sauce! Great thinking and thanks for the recipe!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    Two of my favorite ingredients… cilantro and Greek yogurt! This sounds fantastic Meredith!

  • Maria

    I’ve never seen green chile powder in the store.Please tell me where to purchase green chile powder. Can I make it at home? Cuz I can’t wait to have this!!

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers

      Of course you can make this without the powder but I do think it adds a great little flavor. I get mine at the Dallas farmers market from the Kurry King. You can find it online as well from any spice vendor. Hope you enjoy!

    • Jill

      So glad I’m not the only one who had issues finding this ingredient. I had never heard of it before. Would you recommend using the standard chili powder in its place?

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen

    Cilantro cream sauce is yummy. I have not made it with Greek yogurt before but that is a great idea! Will have to give it a try.

  • Meadow

    Sorry to read about you kitchen disaster. My stove and oven alternated on who was going to work so I never knew how I was going to finish dinner. I thought I was going to go crazy. Hope Bruce Willis is out of you kitchen by now. BTW, this was exactly the cilantro cream sauce recipe I was looking for.

  • Michele

    This was wonderful! I made it for a family dinner last week, and it was a big hit. We served it with fresh veggies before dinner (sweet mini peppers, carrots, etc.), and enjoyed it with our grilled chicken, potatoes and onions for dinner as well. The “mild green chili powder” isn’t always available in some areas, but worth the time to find online! Thanks!

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