6 Recipes for Cilantro Lovers

Skillet Corn and Peppers with Cilantro-Lime Mayo
Photo: © Chris Court

Supposedly, you either love cilantro or hate it—but if you're firmly on Team Cilantro like we are, we've got plenty of recipes that celebrate the bright, fresh herb. It's perfect in a flavorful chutney served with roast chicken, and adds some zip to your stuffed peppers. Cilantro also works perfectly in cocktails, like this Pear-Cilantro Margarita. Read on for some of our favorite cilantro-forward recipes.

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Pear-Cilantro Margarita

Pear-Cilantro Margarita

Reposado tequila, pear nectar, simple syrup, fresh lime and lemon juice, and chopped cilantro come together in this refreshing margarita.

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Thai Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Thai Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Dipping Sauce
© Karen Mordechai

Cilantro stems get in the act in this recipe; they're pureed with the leaves, jalapeños, garlic, fish sauce, and sesame oil to make a flavorful coating for grilled chicken. The dipping sauce, which also contains cilantro, is a classic Thai sweet-and-sour sauce.

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Meat-Stuffed Poblanos with Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Meat-Stuffed Poblanos with Cilantro-Lime Sauce

A tangy cilantro-lime sauce brings brightness to rich stuffed peppers.

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Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro

Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro
© Stephanie Foley

Garlicky, spicy and bright with lime, this noodle dish is both warming and energizing, according to Thai tradition. Just don't skimp on the lime wedges or cilantro: "The sour juice protects the respiratory system in the early spring," Su-Mei Yu says, "and cilantro helps when you're congested."

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Roast Chicken with Cilantro-Mint Chutney

Roast Chicken with Cilantro-Mint Chutney
Jen Causey

Roast chicken, whole or separated into pieces, benefits brilliantly from chutney-based marinades. You make the chutney and reserve half as your dipping sauce, while the other half gets folded into creamy, tangy yogurt to make a flavorful marinade for the chicken.

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Skillet Corn and Peppers with Cilantro-Lime Mayo

Skillet Corn and Peppers with Cilantro-Lime Mayo
© Chris Court

After seeing Bobby Flay slather corn on the cob with lime butter before grilling on a cooking show, Hopkins came up with this skillet variation using kernels. To reflect the Central American influence on Southern cuisine, Hopkins adds sweet-hot Padrón peppers, but you can substitute jalapeños.

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