10 Uses for Cilantro – Ways to Use Cilantro in Cooking

Cilantro is simple to grow, inexpensive to buy, and a hardy plant that is great to have around! Below, you will find 10 Uses for Cilantro that will make you want a plant or two of your own.

Cilantro is simple to grow, inexpensive to buy, and a hardy plant that is great to have around! These 10 Uses for Cilantro are sure to make you want a plant or two of your own. #cilantro #usesforcilantro #herbs

10 Uses for Cilantro

If you are not very familiar with cilantro, you may think isn’t good for much more than salsa or guacamole recipes. But the truth is, cilantro is a very practical herb that is perfect for many other uses as well.

You can find cilantro at your local gardening center, home improvement store, or even your local farmer’s market for just a few dollars per plant. Take a look below at how easy cilantro is to use in a variety of other ways that are fun and frugal.

Ways to Use Cilantro

1. Spice up your sour cream.
Chopped cilantro can be stirred in with sour cream and then used to top chili, soups, and stews. For a healthier alternative, you can also stir it in with low-fat plain yogurt and use it the same way.

2. Rev up your rice.
You can chop cilantro and toss it into your rice dishes for some extra pep! Or, just sprinkle some on top before serving. Mix chopped cilantro with lime to create a refreshing dressing for your rice dishes as well.

3. Give salad dressing a kick.
Add chopped cilantro to your salad dressings for an extra little kick. It pairs especially well with vinaigrettes and citrus-flavored dressings. Add the cilantro and allow the dressing to sit in a refrigerator for about an hour before use.

— Try adding cilantro to one of these Easy Salad Dressing Recipes

4. Create a quick coleslaw.
Mix vegetables, a little oil, salt, and pepper along with fresh chopped cilantro to create a unique and refreshing coleslaw. This is the perfect recipe when you need a quick and inexpensive side dish!


5. Add flavor to your stir-fry.
Throw a little bit of chopped cilantro into your next stir-fry to give it an added kick of flavor. Add it towards the end of cooking to give your stir-fry a very fresh flavor.

6. Give your bagels a boost.
Cilantro mixed with cream cheese is a perfect addition to a bagel. Serve it at your next brunch for some rave reviews.

7. Spice up pasta salads.
A sprinkling of chopped cilantro goes a long way. Add it to your pasta salads, rice salads, or fresh green salads for some truly unique flavor you won’t be able to get enough of.

8. Flavor your oils.
Place cilantro stems in oil bottles and let them sit in order to infuse the oil with that great cilantro flavor. Use the oil on your meat dishes, pasta dishes, or salads for extra flavor.

9. Create a cool chutney.
There are literally hundreds of chutney recipes out there and all of them will taste better when you add a little fresh chopped cilantro! Put your own spin on any chutney recipe by tossing in this tasty and fresh ingredient.

10. Make your own green sauce.
Green sauce is perfect for baking and marinating meat dishes. It is colorful, fresh, and so fun and frugal to make. Not sure how to make your own green sauce? Take a look below at a simple green sauce recipe you can try today!

Cilantro Infused Green Sauce


  • 2 fresh garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 jalapeño pepper. More can be added if you desire.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste


  1. Toss all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Add salt to taste. Additional garlic or pepper can also be added to get to the desired flavor you want.

This recipe is so easy and only takes a few minutes to make.  Finding ways to use it in your kitchen will not only add delicious flavor to your dishes, but you’ll save time and money as well.

As you can see, there are so more uses for cilantro other than just tossing it in your salsa. But if you like salsa, check out this Homemade Salsa Recipe for Canning! It would also be good on top of this 7 Layer Taco Dip Recipe. It truly is a versatile herb with many uses in everyday recipes. Give some of these uses a try and see how easy it is to incorporate cilantro into your daily cooking routine.

Did you grow any other herbs this year? Check out these articles.

Uses for Chives
Uses for Mint


If you’re ready to start growing cilantro, check out this post on How to Grow an Herb Garden.

What are your favorite uses for cilantro? Do you have a favorite recipe to use it in?


This post on 10 Uses for Cilantro was originally published on Little House Living in August 2013. It has been updated as of August 2019.

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  1. I had only had cilantro once prior to meeting my husband 12 years ago. You see, he’s Puerto Rican and uses it A LOT in cooking. So over the years I’ve learned to make many Spanish dishes with cilantro. If you’ve never tried it in beans or sauces you’ll be surprised at the flavor it gives. (I had never eaten rice and beans prior to meeting my husband!)

  2. I never used to like cilantro, but I am learning to. I tried growing some this spring, but it died off completely – I don’t think it liked the cool nights.

  3. I did make cilantro ice cream. It was alright but I don’t know if I would actually recommend it.
    Do various salsa recipes count as different uses? I could probably list 10 salsa varieties!

  4. Yummy ideas! I’ve only used cilantro in burritos before, since I don’t know much about cooking. But I think even I could try some of these! 🙂

  5. Awesome. Love this. I have some cilantro growing in my garden and needed these ideas. That green sauce looks amazing. Thanks and now following!!

  6. I love cilantro. Great suggestions for using it. I’ve seen some other ideas that sound great too. A cucumber and cilantro salad and cilantro simple syrup to spice up drinks. I also add cilantro to garnish just about any meal…it’s great on curries, stir fries, and anything Mexican.

  7. I’ve always loved the taste of cilantro. Now I have 10 more ways to enjoy it! Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  8. I love cilantro and the peppery bite it adds to a dish! What great ways to use this awesome herb! Thanks so much for linking up to Wine’d Down Wednesday! 🙂

  9. I love cilantro and I am always looking for ways to use before the fresh bunch starts to go bad! I really like the idea of mixing it in with cream cheese! Stopping by from The Weekend Retreat Link Party!

  10. I love cilantro and my family does too. We cook with it a lot! Great ideas here…I found some new things to try!

  11. I so could have used this a couple months ago when I had way too much cilantro! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  12. Your green sauce recipe sounds so delicious! I am looking forward to giving it a try. I always seem to have leftover cilantro that goes bad before I use it up, and my climate is just too hot to grow it successfully throughout the summer. This is a great tip for me. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I just LOVE cilantro! I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this post on Tuesdays with a Twist link party, stop by for a peek. 🙂

  14. Hi Merissa – Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party. I’m pinning this to our group board. I have the hardest time growing cilantro. I can’t imagine what the problem is, because I’ve always heard it’s easy to grow.

  15. This amazing post has been featured twice on 2 different blogs as part of the Tuesdays with a Twist blog hop!! By Debra from Ms Moozy’s Open House & by me!
    Thanks so much!

  16. I love cilantro, thanks for the extra ideas besides just Mexican dishes for cilantro. I have used it in Cauliflower “rice” and it really does add a great dimension of flavor. I would never have thought to use it in Cole Slaw, I would bet that would be a really good flavor.

  17. The first time I ate cilantro it was on a sandwich laid along with the lettuce! I was hooked with my first bite😍
    I’ve used it in salads & salsa ever since. Love these new ideas👏

  18. The first time I had cilantro, I was not a fan. However, it grows on you. Now I can’t get enough of it. So, for those who say they don’t like it, try it again, In small doses, I can almost guarantee you’ll fall in love too!!! Thanks for the recipes! Can’t wait to get some of these!!!

  19. Try making my signature cilantro feta garlic soup: put a bunch or two of cilantro in a super blender. Add a clove or two of garlic, a few cubic inches of feta, some olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Add a cup and a half or so of water. Very ingredients to get the taste and texture you like and run the blender till it’s hot.