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15 Ways to Use Up a Bunch of Cilantro

September  2, 2015

 

Lovers of cilantro, take note.

Once upon a time, in 2012, I returned home from my first year of college and got a summer job working at a fast food burrito chain. So began my education in the enormous passions of teams Pro-Cilantro and Anti-Cilantro. They are equally ardent, and the herb is one of extremes: Some customers would ask for extra cilantro to be added to their burritos; some would immediately recoil at the sight of the leaves; it's either The Best Herb or it tastes like feet.

If you're a staunch member of Team Anti-Cilantro, let me direct you to recipes that will help you use up your basil. But if you're Team Pro—well, you've come to the right place. Here are 15 ways to put cilantro in every meal:

Cilantro Coconut Chutney by A Brown Table

Chutney

 

Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin and Cilantro by Emily | Truefood

Cauliflower 

 

Chilaquiles Verdes by lisina

Chilaquiles

 

Fish with Green Masala and Coconut Wrapped in Banana Leaves by Sumayya Usmani

Fish 

 

Kutabi, Azerbaijani Savory Panckes Filled with Greens and Herbs by Kukla

Savory pancakes

 

Anna Thomas' Green Soup by Genius Recipes

Soup

  

Cooked Green Salsa (Salsa Verde) by Pati Jinich

Salsa

 

Corn Soup with Tofu Larb by Colleen Rose

Corn soup 

 

Sweet Potato and Cilantro Quesadilla with Fried Egg and Cumin Oil by CarolineWright

Quesadilla

 

Green Goddess Chicken Sandwiches by foxeslovelemons

Sandwich

 

Summer Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad by CarolineWright

Noodles

 

Fried Greens Meatlessballs by Alexandra Stafford

Vegetarian meatballs

 

Seared Sea Scallops with Gingered Pea Purée and Cilantro Gremolata by TasteFood

Scallops

 

Hello Summer Cocktail by Chase the Flavors

Cocktail

  

José Pizarro's Salt-Crusted Potatoes with Cilantro Mojo by Genius Recipes

Potatoes

Which team are you on? What's your best way to use up a bunch of cilantro?

4 Comments

Chef D. November 27, 2015
Cilantro is hands down the best herb :D
 
orinoco W. September 3, 2015
I used to hate cilantro--to me it tasted soapy, with an overtone of the way a cat litter box smells when it needs cleaning! I discovered that cilantro needs to be really fresh to be good--not something sitting around in the vegetable market that they bought last week and didn't sell. My favourite use for cilantro is in curries, particularly fish curry! Hari chutney (green chutney) is also delicious and so easy to make! Throw a bunch of cilantro, the juice of one lemon, salt, cumin and a couple of fresh chilis in your food processor with a good dollop of olive oil and a pinch of sugar; blitz until smooth. Store in the fridge in a tightly-covered glass jar. Serve with...well, everything, really! ;) Green chutney is about as versatile as hummus! Top a baked potato with hummus and green chutney--bliss!
 
Norman H. May 15, 2018
There is a genetic reason that cilantro tastes like soap to some tasters. It's baked into DNA. About 4-14% of humans have the problem. See: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/24/why-does-cilantro-taste-bad-like-soap_n_7653808.html
 
orinoco W. May 16, 2018
So somehow my DNA altered itself between the first time I tried it and a couple of years later, is that what you're saying?