If you love cilantro’s bright and pungent flavor, there are lots of great ways to cook with it, from spicy dishes to cooling condiments. It can shine as the center of a simple salad along with olives, avocado, and limes, and it’s great sprinkled on top of a sardine and lemongrass salad. And many great sauces feature cilantro as one of the ingredients. From spicy chutneys to a perfect chimichurri, there are lots of delicious ways to incorporate cilantro into your diet. Check out our 30 favorite cilantro recipes below.
Bright, earthy and spicy, this garlicky cilantro sauce hits all the right notes for a summer-time cook-out.
Steamed Banana-Wrapped Fish (Patra ni Muchchi)
Descended from Persian Zoroastrians—followers of the prophet Zoroaster who began emigrating to India around the eighth century—Parsis in India have their own distinct food. This Parsi fish dish, commonly featured at weddings, is adapted from a recipe in Raghavan Iyer’s 660 Curries (Workman, 2008). White-fleshed fish is bathed in a spiced coconut-tamarind sauce and steamed until tender in fragrant banana leaves.
Juicy red grapes are the star of a sweet and lightly spicy fresh salsa made with cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and honey.
Spinach and Walnut Salad (Pkhali)
Almost any vegetable can be substituted for spinach in this vegetarian appetizer sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. In Georgia, roasted beet and green bean versions are common.
Mole Verde Zacatecano
Lighter and simpler than the nut-enriched moles of Puebla and Oaxaca, this Zacatecan version is made with fresh tomatillos, cilantro, jalapeños, and garlic.