Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week we're featuring an ingredient you either love... or hate: cilantro!
Cilantro is an ingredient that can cause a lot of debate. You either love it and can't get enough or, you can't stand it and won't eat anything that it touches!
Did you know that some people may have a genetic predisposition where cilantro tastes like soap to them? But for those of us who don't taste soap when we eat cilantro, we have 18 cilantro recipes just for you!
You may hear cilantro also referred to as coriander. Usually, in recipes, cilantro refers to the fresh, bright green leaves of the herb and coriander refers to the seeds, which are often toasted and ground to be used as a spice. It's one of the few plants that qualifies as both a herb and a spice!
Cilantro and coriander are great in dressing and dips, and as you'll see, we have lots of those. But it's also a key ingredient in a lot of Indian dishes as well as pairing well with chicken and adding a fresh flavour to salsa.
You can learn all about cilantro and coriander as a herb and spice here, including how to grow your own and all the different applications it has.
1. Rhubarb Salsa
This bright, fresh and healthy rhubarb cilantro salsa is from West Coast Kitchen Garden! It's a quick, tasty and unique appetizer or snack.
2. Indian Spiced Eggplant (Baingan Bharta)
Sultry rich Indian spiced eggplant from SugarLoveSpices will fill the house with scents of curry, coriander, chilies, cumin, turmeric, and ginger.
3. Sweet Corn Soup with Spicy Tortilla Garnish
Simmering the cilantro stems in the corn broth gives this Sweet Corn Soup from The Wine Lover's Kitchen an amazing authentic Mexican flavour profile.
4. Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken
This recipe for Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken from Kay Nutrition is really simple to make (basic household ingredients) but it's full of flavour and can be cooked on the grill, in a grill pan, in a conventional pan or in the oven.
5. Charred Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
by Sneaky Mommies
An easy charred corn salad with the ultimate cilantro lime dressing from Sneaky Mommies!
6. Cilantro Mint Chicken
by Food Mamma
Flavoured with cilantro and mint, this Cilantro Mint Chicken from Food Mamma is bright and full of flavour.
7. Cilantro Fritters (Dhoney Patar Bora)
On a frosty day these crispy and spicy Cilantro Fritters from Cooking Sutra, along with a piping hot cup of tea, will warm you up.
8. Coriander Chutney
Coriander Chutney from Indian Ambrosia is a vibrant green dip that tastes excellent with fried snacks. It's made with fresh cilantro leaves and a handful of easily available ingredients. A little tangy, a little spicy, this chutney will give that much needed kick to those fritters and sandwiches.
9. Venezuelan Guasacaca
by This Healthy Kitchen
This Guasacaca from This Healthy Kitchen is a Venezuelan dip that is rich and bursting with flavour from fresh cilantro, tangy lime juice and a little spice from jalapeno. You're going to love dunking and spreading this dip on everything!
10. Cilantro Rice with Paneer and Peas
Cilantro Rice with Paneer and Peas is a beautiful, fragrant side dish made with basmati rice that can be made ahead of time and reheated for easy entertaining or quick weeknight dinners. Its warm flavours make it a perfect comfort dish for cooler weather.
More Cilantro Recipes
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