Here are the BEST cilantro recipes for lovers of this tasty herb! There’s something for everyone, from cilantro lime shrimp to the best salsa and guacamole.
Welcome, cilantro lover! Here at A Couple Cooks, we’re huge fans of this zesty herb. Some people have a genetic aversion to the stuff, but we say: get over it! Because cilantro is one of the most delicious herbs there is. It’s the powerhouse behind the best salsa in the world, the freshness in guacamole, and maker or bright green, zingy sauces.
Here are the best of the best cilantro recipes to use this tender herb! If you’ve got a bunch of cilantro, we’ve got all the best dinner ideas, dips, and sauces to liven up your life. Starting…now.
At the top of our cilantro recipes...cilantro lime shrimp! It's packed with zingy flavor: and it takes less than 10 minutes to put together! It comes out beautifully tangy and fresh, pairing perfectly with Mexican-style flavors. Serve it with rice, an avocado salad, or in tacos. Or make it into a main dish salad topped with our cilantro dressing.
Add cilantro, lime juice and lime zest to your rice, it catapults it to an entirely different level! The ways to serve it are endless: use it as a side to go with tacos, burrito bowls, enchiladas, grilled shrimp skewers, and more. It’s incredibly versatile, and we find ourselves making it often. Really, any meal is better with a little cilantro lime rice!
Here’s one of the tastiest cilantro recipes we know: creamy cilantro dressing! You’re going to want to bathe in this one (really). It’s creamy, savory, fresh, and tangy all at once. You can drizzle it on salads, tacos or enchiladas. Or a burrito bowl! Or even use it as a dip for fries. It’s multi-purpose and it takes only 5 minutes to blend up!
This healthy cilantro recipe recipe is 100% green veggies, and people can't get enough of it! Every time we serve this one, someone asks for the recipe. When we tell them it's just green peas, cilantro, and salsa verde, they don't believe it! Here's a great way to eat your green veggies: on top of tortilla chips.
Here’s a tasty cilantro recipe that’s begging to be drizzled on just about anything: cilantro lime crema! This Mexican sauce is perfect for dolloping on tacos and burritos. At the same time, it’s just as delicious as a dip for sweet potato fries and grilled shrimp. It’s full of zesty, herby flavor, and it’s quick and easy to mix up.
The classic cilantro recipe: salsa! This salsa fresca is classic but so savory and good, you won't be able to stop dipping chips! It's the classic tomato salsa using fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapenos. It's tangy, it's savory, it's a little garlicky, and it's 100% WOW.
This guacamole is a home run every time! When we serve it, a chorus of “Wow’s” fill the room. (Really. Not hyperbole!) What makes it so great? It’s classic and has the perfect balanced flavor: perfectly savory, creamy, and tangy. Serve this classic cilantro recipe with tortilla chips and your guests — and you — won’t be able to stop eating it.
What makes the green interior on falafel? Cilantro! Once you’ve had a really good falafel sandwich, you crave it. This fried chickpea fritter is stuff dreams are made of, stuffed into a flatbread with cool cucumber sauce. You get the crunch of the fried outside, the soft herby interior, and the sauces that run down your chin and stick to your fingers.
Here's a tasty cilantro recipe that's always a winner: shrimp tacos with cilantro sauce! Combine shrimp tacos with chips, salsa, and frozen margaritas and we can’t think of much better. What we love about this easy shrimp tacos recipe is that it’s both fast dinner recipe for weeknights and entertaining: making it a double whammy.
Meet our favorite vegan cilantro recipe: this bright green cilantro sauce! It’s 100% plant-based, so it works for all sorts of eaters! For a while now, Alex and I have been using the idea of cashew cream to make creamy, dairy free sauces. It’s just soaked cashews blended with a bit of water, but it becomes so intensely creamy that it makes the perfect sauce for dolloping.
Another fantastic cilantro recipe? Classic pico de gallo. If you’ve got ripe tomatoes, pico is the perfect place to use them. Use it as a salsa with tortilla chips, use it on top of grilled fish, or of course, throw it into a taco.
Here's a healthy spin on Green Goddess dressing that's ideal for drizzling on salads or dipping veggies or shrimp! Green onion, jalapeno and cilantro combine with Greek yogurt to make a lighter, Mexican style spin on the classic dressing.
This Mexican salad is full of delicious Latin-style flavors: colorful veggies, cilantro lime salad dressing, and crispy tortilla strips. It all combines into a super-flavorful dish that's absolutely perfect with tacos! Even better, it's quick and easy to make. This cilantro recipe is a big winner in our house.
What we love about this cilantro recipe? Mexican coleslaw is fresh and flavor-filled, a healthy contrast to the richness of tacos. It has no mayo: instead there's tangy vinaigrette to compliment the crunchy cabbage, red onion, cilantro, and cumin. It’s got both cumin seed and ground cumin for a double hit of flavor. Bonus: it doubles as a taco topping.
Last up in our zesty cilantro recipes: salsa verde! Why make salsa verde at home when you can easily buy it at the store?Because it’s that good. It’s super tangy, garlicky, smoky, and a little spicy, perfect for dipping endless mountains of tortilla chips.
How to cut cilantro
Many of the recipes above use chopped cilantro. What’s the best way to chop it? We’ve got your back. It’s easy to whack at cilantro endlessly with a knife. Here’s a quick way to cut it without getting bogged down:
Scrape off the leaves: Hold the root ends of the cilantro with your non-cutting hand. Use a large chef’s knife to scrape off the leaves in a downward motion.
Remove large stems: Use your fingers to remove any large stems from the cilantro leaves; small tender stems are okay.
Finely chop: Holding the top of the blade with your non-cutting hand, rock the blade back and forth to chop the cilantro. Pull the leaves back into a pile and go over them with the knife several times until the pieces are the size that you’re looking for.