Remember this wonderfully delicious, juicy Grilled Jalapeño Cilantro Chicken recipe that I posted a couple of weeks ago? Whether you’ve made it yet or it’s still on your summer dinner list, it’s time to chat about the incredible marinade, sauce, dip, drizzle situation that goes with it.
This cilantro yogurt sauce is so freakin’ good that it deserves its very own post. Creamy, spicy, fresh, savory, and the perfect complement to pretty much any dish you can think of. Abra, Rebecca and I tested it with a brand new recipe a few weeks back (that may or may not be hitting the blog this week) and we kept dreaming up more amazing ways to use this sauce.
Tacos, enchiladas, nachos, rice bowls, veggies, your favorite proteins — you name it, this sauce should 100% be involved.
Bonus? It couldn’t be easier to make, all you need is a blender or food processor. Check out all of our fav ways to use it below and let me know in the comments what you added it to!
Ingredients in this cilantro yogurt sauce
This easy cilantro yogurt sauce uses super simple ingredients: just some fresh produce, yogurt and seasonings! It’s SO easy to make and will seriously be your new go-to whenever you need a quick, delicious sauce. Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Produce: we’re adding fresh cilantro, a jalapeño, garlic, and some fresh lime juice to the sauce.
- Yogurt: the base is made from plain greek yogurt. Feel free to use a plain, dairy free yogurt if you’d like!
- Oil: you’ll also want to add a bit of olive oil or avocado oil to help give the sauce a creamy consistency and to give it a little boost of healthy fats.
- Sweetener: add a little bit of sugar or coconut sugar to balance the acidity of the yogurt and lime juice.
- Seasonings: you’ll just need some salt and pepper to bring out all of the flavors!
Choose your spice level
If you love spicy foods like I do, keep the seeds in the jalapeño when you blend it in with the sauce. If you’re sensitive to spice (or are sharing with someone who is) I recommend removing the seeds from the jalapeño.
How to make a cilantro yogurt sauce
This creamy sauce couldn’t be easier to make. You’ll simply add all of your ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend it up until it’s smooth and creamy. You may need to add a few teaspoons of water to thin it out to your liking, but this typically isn’t necessary.
Delicious ways to use cilantro yogurt sauce
Not only is this sauce easy to make but it’s also absolutely delicious as a dip, drizzle, and even marinade! Here are some amazing ways to use it:
- Drizzle it on your favorite quesadilla, tacos, enchiladas, nachos, or grilled veggies
- Use it as a dip for fresh veggies, tortilla chips, and your fav proteins like steak, chicken, shrimp, and salmon
- Marinate your chicken (like in this recipe) or salmon in the sauce directly before grilling or baking it!
- Spoon it onto sandwiches or burgers for the perfect boost of flavor
How to store cilantro yogurt sauce
Keep this homemade cilantro yogurt sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3-4 days. Be sure to give the sauce a good stir before you use it, or shake it up with a few tablespoons of water in a mason jar before using it.
More dips & sauces to try
- Creamy Feta Yogurt Dressing (or dip!)
- The Best Creamy Tahini Sauce Recipe
- Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe (yogurt cucumber sauce!)
- Jalapeño Green Tahini Sauce
- Cilantro Pistachio Pesto (my favorite pesto ever!)
Get all of my sauce recipes here!
I hope you love this spicy cilantro yogurt sauce! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!
Spicy Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
Flavorful and spicy cilantro yogurt sauce made with simple ingredients like creamy greek yogurt, fresh cilantro and jalapeño for the perfect kick of heat. This easy, versatile cilantro yogurt sauce can be used as a dip for veggies or chips, a marinade for your favorite protein, or as a delicious drizzle on top of tacos, nachos, and more!
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro (a big handful)
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar (or sub coconut sugar)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 small to medium jalapeno (do not seed if you want it spicy)*
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Optional: 1-2 teaspoons water, to thin sauce if necessary
Add ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend/process until well combined. You may need to add a few teaspoons of water to thin, but most of the time this isn’t necessary. Use as a sauce for drizzling on tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, nachos, on veggies, a dip for veggies or chips, grilled corn, steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon, etc!
Incredible! Not normally a huge fan of jalapeño or cilantro yogurt dressings, but this was an amazing recipe. Thank you!
I love this sauce so much, I could drink it straight. Today I used it to top a spiced red lentil soup (made with garlic, ginger, cayenne, and turmeric) and the flavors paired really well together. A+