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Apr 11, 2012 08:47 PM

Cilantro recipes

So, I received some cilantro in my CSA this week and I'm not a fan of cilantro really. Does anyone have some good starter recipes I could try to ease into this herb?? Maybe a pesto or something?


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  1. I like to throw some in a chopper along with some garlic, onion, tomato, lime juice, salt & pepper & a dash of hot sauce for a quick and easy salsa.

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    1. re: terrycar

      I like to do something similar, but minus the tomato. Sometimes I use tomatillos and jalapeno too. I roast the tomatillos, garlic,jalapeno and onion and then throw everything in the blender.

      It is great for nachos, tacos, burritos, quesadillas or even on chicken or fish.

    2. As noted, this should move to Homecooking. That being said, a basic Thai Cilanto Pesto is 1 tsp white or black peppercorns, 2 tbs chopped cilantro, and 2 tbs chopped garlic. It works as a condiment for soups, in curries, or as an element of a Thai crabcake.

      The crabcake is basically ground pork, lumb crab, Cilanto Pesto, an egg, fish sauce, soy sauce and a little salt and sugar. Patties are dipped in flour and pan fried.

      1. If you are easing your way into trying to like cilantro, I would look for a dish that has the cilantro cooked in rather than something like a pesto, which might seem overpowering. I think it's milder when cooked, and I know several people who claim to hate cilantro who don't seem to mind it cooked in something. I love the recipe for shrimp and spiced masala with coconut milk on epicurious.

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        1. re: mountaincachers

          I agree with mountaincachers; in a stew-type dish it adds flavour without being quite so pungent. How about moroccan chicken and chickpeas with cilantro (coriander to me!) stirred in at the last minute?

          1. re: mountaincachers

            Sorry! Its my first time using chowhound, Such a noob, my bad!

          2. Robert Lauriston's cilantro rice- good stuff. Also works substituting sauteed fresh corn off the cob for the rice.


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            1. re: Veggo

              Definite second... this recipe is such a winner.

            2. Chicken Tequila Fettucine from the California Pizza Kitchen cookbook:
              Good reminder to me to make this again sometime soon! It's delicious!