12 tasty dishes with cilantro
Cilantro is an essential seasoning in cuisines from Southeast Asian to South America. Enjoy it in these recipes celebrating the diverse flavors of the West
Cooking with cilantro
Cilantro is a love-it or hate-it herb, adored by many for its fresh, pungent flavor or reviled by others as "soapy." If you fall into the first camp, you know it's an essential seasoning in cuisines from Southeast Asian to South America, and enjoyed in dishes from Mexican salsa to Indian chutney.
Chicken Escabeche with Cilantro Black Beans
This low-cal, tangy dish is based on a recipe in Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless.
Grilled Cilantro Chicken with Pickled Tomato and Avocado Salsa
Look no further for this season’s go-to grilled chicken dish from chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Border Grill in Santa Monica and Las Vegas and Ciudad in Los Angeles. They marinate chicken very simply, then spoon an addictive Indian-style pickled salsa on top.
Garlicky Shrimp-Cilantro Tacos (Tacos de Camarones al Mojo de Ajo)
Sweet onions and shrimp meet the gentle heat of garlic and chiles in this easy recipe. Be careful, it's addictive.
Gaucho Steak with Four-Herb Chimichurri
The flavor in this dish just doesn’t stop. The sharp, slightly herby marinade tenderizes and flavors the meat and makes a great bridge to the chimichurri.
Mini Lamb Meatballs with Cilantro-Mint Chutney
This Indian-spiced meat mixture makes great burgers too—try them on folded naan with the chutney and a slice of tomato.
Grilled Cilantro and Pistachio Pesto Shrimp Skewers
While we love traditional basil pesto, this inventive take on the summery sauce is a super-tasty marinade for grilled shrimp. Parlay kebabs into tacos by serving with warm tortillas and slaw.
Grilled Mussels with Cilantro Bath
Chef Christian Graves, from Jsix Restaurant in San Diego, loves how well the grilled flavor of the mussels pairs with the coolness of the cucumber and the spicy hit of the chiles. He prefers ‘Corno di Toro’ chiles for his recipe, but you can also use Fresnos.
Lamb Stew with Green Chiles, Cilantro, and Peas
This is a California-style version of an old Parsi favorite, green peas ma gos ("in meat"). The California touches are to use leeks instead of regular onions and to cook the peas for far less time than is traditional.
Spicy and loaded with all our favorite toppings, tortilla strips, avocado, Monterey jack cheese, cilantro, and sour cream--this chicken soup is a crowd pleaser.
Recipe: Tortilla Soup
This may look like your grandma's coleslaw, but it sure doesn't taste like it.
Recipe: Chipotle Coleslaw
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Queso Fresco Butter
From Colorado chef Mark Fischer, here’s a combo that’s especially good with Latin- or Southwestern-flavored grilled meat. Offer any leftover butter to spread on warm bread.
Cranberry, Jicama, and Cilantro Salsa
This salsa is best when freshly made.