Recipe: Aji Verde Sauce (aka Peruvian Green Sauce)

Aji Verde is spicy, tangy, and full of flavor, and good on everything, but particularly chicken. It is likewise super easy to make.

Preparation time: 15 minutes 

Serves: 2


  • 1 ½ cups cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 large jalapeno, stem removed and roughly chopped (1/3 cup)
  • ¼  cup canola oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lime juice
  • ¾ teaspoon white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Rinse the cilantro under cold water, pat dry with paper towel, and remove the stems. 
  • Remove and discard the stem of the jalapeno and roughly chop into ½-inch pieces. 
  • Trim the root end of the garlic cloves with a small knife, remove the peel, and roughly chop.
  • Place all sauce ingredients, except for the canola oil, into a blender and blend on high speed until a paste has formed. 
  • Turn the blender to low speed and slowly drizzle in the canola oil.