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.
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
Toss all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
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.
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.