Cilantro Stem Sauce Recipe: Practice No Waste With This Versatile Cilantro Sauce Recipe by Alison Mountford

Sauces/Condiments
4 months ago
Cilantro Stem Sauce Recipe: Practice No Waste With This Versatile Cilantro Sauce Recipe

Cilantro stems are perfectly edible and have tons of flavor, so there’s no need to toss them out (ahem, #nofoodwaste). Pluck off the leaves for use in your pretty grain salads and garnish, but use the stems in this great summer sauce. Mojo is a Cuban sauce that's classically made from citrus and oregano, but this cilantro riff is great on anything grilled from asparagus and salmon to pork and chicken.

Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch cilantro stems (and maybe a few leaves)
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice  
  • 1 lime, zest and juice  
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-inch piece tender ginger, smashed (skin and all, but if it's older go ahead and peel first)
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch red chili flakes (optional)

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine everything in a food processor or blender.
  2. Pulse until everything is finely chopped and sauce comes together, about 1 minute. Keep refrigerated and serve over everything.

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Donna John
Mmm. I love using the cilantro stems when cooking. I add them to my salsa and even sprinkle over my tacos. Going to try this recipe soon! Alison Mountford
Chef Gigi Gaggero, Our 30Seconds Resident Chef
Cilantro- you either love it , or hate it! I LOVE it! Thanks for this amazing tip chef! Alison Mountford im saving my stemage !

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