Cilantro Garlic Sauce (Creamy & Simple)

cilantro garlic sauce

You’d be surprised about just how many dishes you can use cilantro garlic sauce in.

Garlic alone has numerous health benefits and cilantro is the same.

Combine together in a cilantro garlic sauce and wham! 

Garlic is highly nutritious and a staple in the homes in countries around the Middle East.

So we don’t need any excuse to add more of this delicious ingredient to our dishes.

What is Cilantro Garlic Sauce?

cilantro garlic sauce

Cilantro garlic sauce is flavored with cilantro, garlic, yogurt, along with mayonnaise.

And the other main ingredient is lime juice, which will give a unique zing of a flavor.

Making it thicker, by adding sour cream, it becomes a wonderful dip for chips or vegetable sticks.

A fresh bunch of cilantro, and juicy garlic cloves is your base for a fantastic tasting sauce.

This sauce is one of my favorites for all kinds of things from burgers to chicken to roasted vegetables.

Picture your favorite steak sitting on a plate in front of you, now picture the addition of a creamy cilantro garlic flavor.

It really does not get much better than this, as you sopp up the sauce with your fries, you will find yourself in food heaven. 

There are some recipes where extra virgin olive oil is added to the cilantro sauce like you would for a chimichurri sauce. 

But most often the differences in cilantro sauce will be the difference in ratios of mayonnaise and yogurt

All in all, an unusual sauce with a dramatically different flavor that is definitely worth a try!

There is so much to like about this combination of super powerful foods packed with benefits. 

Cilantro and garlic are packed with antioxidants, and the ability to detoxify your body.

And the best part, like so many things that are good for you, they taste delicious in combination with each other!

They are delicious separately and they are delicious together, making them a dynamic duo like few others.

What does Cilantro Taste Like?

In the US cilantro is the name given to the fresh coriander plant, while the name coriander is given to the dry ground seeds of the same plant.

In the UK, the word coriander serves both purposes and the word cilantro is not used. 

Depending on whether you eat the fresh plants or dry spice will inform the flavor you experience.

Many people love the taste of cilantro while some will say that it tastes a little like soap.

Very good in salad and other fresh dishes like salsa, coleslaw, or dips, it can add a crisp seasoning. 

Or they like the taste of coriander but not cilantro and vice versa, depending on what they are used to.

Cilantro tastes fresh, citrusy, spicy, nutty and warm, and some would use the word soapy because of a floral component. 

The dry version of coriander has a sweet, earthy, and somewhat tart taste.

Both the flavors are very different and are often used in very different cooking situations.

How to Make Cilantro Sauce

cilantro garlic sauce

The ingredients are simple, and yet the outcome makes an extraordinary sauce everytime. 

To keep this sauce on the lighter side I like to use half yogurt and half mayonnaise in this recipe.

This recipe will also work if you want to use 100% yogurt or 100% mayonnaise.

Starting with a fresh bunch of cilantro, I wash and then pluck off all the leaves, discarding the stems. 

I choose generous sized garlic cloves to make sure I get some deep garlic flavor.

Place the yogurt and mayonnaise into a blender or food processor.

Add the cilantro leaves, garlic cloves, along with the salt, pepper, and lime juice.

Blend or process until you have a smooth somewhat runny sauce, that may or may not have bits of garlic in it.

Either way it will be tasty, and you will have a sauce for all occasions.

You can keep this sauce in the fridge for a week to ten days.

What to Use the Sauce On

As I stated in my first line of this blog, you can add cilantro garlic sauce to so many dishes.

This is a great addition to steak, or any kind of meat.

It really is a versatile sauce. 

Over the summer when I host BBQs, I like to create a veggie tray and this sauce is a perfect dip to place in the middle.

Chicken wings are also an excellent choice to dip in this sauce.

It’s also a favorite for my falafel wraps and shawarma sandwiches.

The flavors perfectly balance with the majority of Middle Eastern food.

Wherever I can use it, I experiment!

This is how I discovered it’s an excellent dip for fries.

Tips for Making Cilantro Garlic Sauce

  • Using a thick Greek style yogurt will give you the best results, as well as when using a high quality mayonnaise. 
  • Fresh lime juice will enhance the flavor, and you can even add the zest for a different twist in this recipe.
  • Putting fresh ground black pepper in this recipe can make a big difference to the final taste. 

How Long Will It Keep?

This sauce will keep for at least a week to 10 days if kept refrigerated.

For longevity, store in an airtight container.

Can I Freeze It?


Store in an airtight container or a freezer bag, ensuring you express any air from it.

It should keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When defrosting, just place in the fridge the night before.

cilantro garlic sauce

Cilantro Garlic Sauce Recipe

You’d be surprised about just how many dishes you can use cilantro garlic sauce in.
PREP TIME5 minutes
TOTAL TIME5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern


  • ½ cup Yogurt
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 4 Garlic Cloves large
  • 2 cups Cilantro chopped
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Lime Juice


  • Mix all ingredients together in a blender or food processor.
  • Process or blend until you have a sauce consistency.
  • Serve.

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories: 870kcal - Carbohydrates: 14g - Protein: 7g - Fat: 88g - Saturated Fat: 16g - Cholesterol: 63mg - Sodium: 1948mg - Potassium: 405mg - Fiber: 1g - Sugar: 9g - Vitamin A: 2353IU - Vitamin C: 21mg - Calcium: 191mg - Iron: 1mg
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