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Spicy Cilantro and Hemp Seed Sauce

by Spicie Foodie on February 25, 2014

Spicy Cilantro and Hemp Seed Sauce by @SpicieFoodie | #cilantro #hempseeds #sauce #steaksauce

Have you ever eaten hemp seeds? I recently purchased a small bag of whole hemp seeds and I’m fast becoming a fan. They have a very nicely mild and nutty flavour that works well in so many foods. I’m doing lots of research and will soon have a full article with everything you need to know about these delicious and healthy seeds. Don’t worry you won’t be failing any drug tests! (lol)

In the meantime I wanted to share this delicious sauce recipe that I made to go with a couple of T-bone steaks. It’s super easy to prepare and full of wonderful flavours. I think it would also taste wonderful on grilled chicken, pork or fish as well as a marinade.

Spicy Cilantro and Hemp Seed Sauce by @SpicieFoodie | #cilantro #hempseeds #sauce #steaksauce

4.7 from 3 reviews
Spicy Cilantro and Hemp Seed Sauce
 
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This spicy, citrusy and nutty hemp sauce is delicious on steak, chicken, pork or fish!
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Recipe type: Sauce, Condiment, Marinade
Cuisine: International
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro, use everything but the roots
  • 2 tbsp whole hemp seeds
  • 2 small green onion, roots trimmed off and cut into 4 parts
  • 1 green chile pepper (serrano or jalapeño), stem removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tsp sea salt, adjust to taste
  • 2 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp water
Instructions
  1. In a mortar and pestle or blender crush/pulse the hemp seeds. Place all of the ingredients in the blender and blend into a smooth sauce. If desired make it more watery by adding more lime juice or water or oil. Taste and adjust salt if desired. Place in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes before using. This will keep for a few days in the refrigerator, make sure it is covered.
How to use: Spread over grilled steak, pork, chicken or fish. Alternatively the sauce may also be used as a marinade for meats or vegetables.
Notes
You can adjust the heat level by either removing the seeds or using less chile.

 

You are going to love the smell of the hemp seeds when they are crushed, they smell a bit like sunflower seeds. The sauce consistency is thick so it works great as a condiment. The taste is spicy, garlic, withy sweet lime undertones and hints of nuttiness. I thought it tasted delicious with the steak. We had a little bit leftover, which I used for dipping some carrots into. I’ll definitely be making this again and thinking up new ways to use it. Enjoy

Spicy Cilantro and Hemp Seed Sauce by @SpicieFoodie | #cilantro #hempseeds #sauce #steaksauce

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in Salsas & Sauces,Vegan/Vegetarian

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa February 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

A wonderful sauce and combination. What a great color!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie February 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Thank you Rosa!

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3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I haven’t tried hemp seeds but I love cilantro – the color of this sauce is so striking!

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4 Spicie Foodie February 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM

You should give them a try sometime, Laura. Thanks!

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5 yummychunklet February 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Looks very green and delicious!

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6 Spicie Foodie February 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Thank you, I think the colour is part of what makes the sauce so amazing!:)

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7 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

What a great sauce and love the intense color. I have snacked on hemp seeds before but never got around to cooking with them. Just may give this sauce a try.

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8 Spicie Foodie February 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Thank you Evelyne! They are so good that I’ve been adding them to so many things. Enjoy:)

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9 nipponnin February 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Eye catching green! Great presentation, beautiful post.

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10 Spicie Foodie February 25, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Thank you!:)

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11 Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living February 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Wow, looks delicious! Could this also be used as a chip and/or pita dip?

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12 Spicie Foodie February 25, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Hi Tess! I haven’t tried it ad a dip but I do think that it would taste delicious. Enjoy:)

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13 Joanne T Ferguson February 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

G’day Nancy! I have never cooked or baked with hemp seeds to date!
Your recipe and photo look GREAT!
Cheers! Joanne

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14 Spicie Foodie February 25, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Hi Joanne! Thank you, you should give them a try sometime.

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15 Nandita February 26, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Oh this looks so good!! Love the vibrant green of the sauce :)

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16 Spicie Foodie February 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Thank you Nandita!

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17 Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) February 26, 2014 at 4:42 AM

Such a beautiful colour! Bookmarked!

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18 Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) February 26, 2014 at 4:45 AM

Gorgeous colour! Bookmarked! (looks so versatile!)

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19 Spicie Foodie February 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Thank you Mardi:)

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20 Frank @Memorie di Angelina February 26, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Sounds nice! Too bad it won’t give you a buzz, though… ;=)

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21 Spicie Foodie February 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Lol, well there could be other ingredients added to the sauce if you’d like.;) You’re funny Frank, thanks!

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22 annie @ chase that i love February 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I simply adore cilantro! I imagine this would be a great dip or salad dressing too. Pinned

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23 Spicie Foodie February 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Yes, it would be! Enjoy

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24 Sandra February 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Wow Nancy the color is amazing! This sounds so much better than the marinade I tried out yesterday. I’m bookmarking this one.

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25 Spicie Foodie February 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Thank you Sandra, enjoy!

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26 mjskit February 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM

What a creative sauce! It’s been ages since I munched down on hemp seeds and I can’t remember how they tasted. This sauce looks awesome on that steak. In fact that steak look incredible!

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27 Spicie Foodie February 27, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Thank you MJ, I hope you get to munch on hemp seeds again soon.;)

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28 Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen February 27, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Yes I love the nutty flavor hemp seeds give dishes not to mention the added protein benefit.

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29 Spicie Foodie February 27, 2014 at 8:23 PM

See there’s no reason not to be using hemp seeds. Thanks Sylvie!:)

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30 Trisha February 27, 2014 at 5:46 AM

wow. super amazing colour. Looks great with the meat -its making me want a steak! x

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31 Spicie Foodie February 27, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Thank you Trisha!

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32 Hotly Spiced February 27, 2014 at 6:29 PM

That’s such a pretty sauce – so vibrantly green. I love the image of it streaked across the T-bone steak. I can see many uses for this sauce xx

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33 Spicie Foodie February 27, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Thank you, enjoy!:)

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34 RavieNomNoms February 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM

This looks amazing!!

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35 Spicie Foodie March 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Thank you Raven!

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36 Ramona February 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I have never tried hemp seeds… but I looks like something I need to look into. :) Love the color of the sauce. :)

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37 Spicie Foodie March 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM

You should, Ramona. Thanks!

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38 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun February 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

I am such a fan of condiments to punch up flavors–and this looks fantastic!

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39 Spicie Foodie March 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM

I think you’ll love this sauce, Victoria. It is so full of flavour.

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40 rika@vm March 9, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Your beautiful green spicy sauce reminds me of one of the condiments used in Lima, Peru – it had mostly cilantro and really spicy though. I’ve had hemp seeds, but I guess that provides the sauce some texture, right? I want to try this on my rice and stir-fry! Yummmmm!

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41 Spicie Foodie March 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I thanks that’s chimichurri sauce? Yes, the hemp does give it a bit of a crunchy texture. Enjoy I’m sure it will take delish on rice.

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42 Sana Hemp Juice health July 30, 2014 at 5:51 AM

WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for cilantro

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