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Spice it Up: 10 Yummy Cilantro Recipes!

Growing up, my grandmother and mother would always cook with cilantro, from using it in un ajiaco, which is a native Colombian dish, to garnishing empanadas to even making chimichurri sauce. It’s an herb that is packed with tons of flavor and has the magical effect of brightening up any dish. For some, it can also be an acquired taste, but it’s definitely one you should give a try. I personally love it and have started cooking with it more frequently.

If you’re looking to give cilantro a try, here are 10 of my favorite cilantro recipes worth trying. You won’t regret it, trust me.

  • Grilled Chicken Cilantro Lime 1 of 10
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    Cilantro and lime has got to be one of my favorite combinations. This grilled chicken is packed with flavor and also makes for a healthy dish. 

     

    Make it here. 

  • Cilantro Lime Rice 2 of 10
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    I'm a huge fan of the rice at Chipotle ( I could literally eat it every day). This recipe with cilantro and lime comes pretty close to the real deal and tastes so good. 

     

    Make it here. 

  • Cilantro Shrimp Tacos 3 of 10
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    Cilantro and shrimp make this dish outstanding. It's a great variation to your typical tacos, too. 

     

    Make it here. 

  • Ajiaco with Cilantro Soup 4 of 10
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    This dish, which is popular in Colombia, brings me back to my youth when my grandmother use to make it for me. The cilantro gives it tons of flavor. 

     

    Make it here. 

  • Bacalao with Cilantro and Capers 5 of 10
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    I love the combination of cilantro and capers. It goes beautifully with this fish, too. 

     

    Make it here.

  • Mexican Grilled Corn with Cilantro 6 of 10
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     This grilled corn on the cob with cilantro looks absolutely delicious. It also only takes a few steps to prepare. 

     

    Make it here.

  • Grilled Steak with Cilantro 7 of 10
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    A yummy dish garnished with cilantro that would go perfectly served with corn tortillas. 

     

    Make it here. 

  • Dominican Style Rice with Cilantro 8 of 10
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     A delicious rice packed with herbs and cilantro — the perfect side dish. 

     Make it here. 

  • Peruvian Lomo Saltado 9 of 10
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    This is one of my absolute favorite dishes. I learned how to make it a few years ago, and it's in constant rotation at my house. It's basically steak, ponzu sauce, and cilantro, which sits on a bed of rice and french fries. Seriously, it doesn't get better than this. 

     

    Make it here. 

  • Cilantro Shrimp 10 of 10
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    A perfect light meal that packs a lot of taste! 

     

    Make it here. 

Read more of Carmen’s writing on her fashion blog, Viva Fashion.

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