Rarely have I been so excited to bring you a recipe. And sure-I know what you’re thinking-it’s a SAUCE. But trust me, if you are a sauce person like me, this is the one. This is the sauce that will change your life. This is Cilantro Lime Sauce (aka Magic Sauce!). Read on for a story about my fangirl crush on the creator of this sauce as well as the super easy recipe!
Now let me be very honest with you here. I did not develop this recipe. I did not discover this recipe. But I have eaten enough of it, that I feel fully qualified to tell you all about it. But first a little history…
First of all this sauce recipe (which I call Magic Sauce) comes from one of my culinary idols, Alex Roberts. Alex owns two restaurants in Minneapolis-Restaurant Alma and Brasa Rotisserie (Brasa has several locations). I have to admit, although Alma is the “finer” of the dining establishments (and is amazing in its own right), Brasa Rotisserie may be my very favorite restaurant in the whole world. If you are ever in Minneapolis (or come to visit)-run, do not walk, to the nearest Alex Roberts restaurant, I promise you will not be sorry.
Long before Holly and I started this blog we went to an Outstanding in the Field Dinner (if you haven’t attended one of these amazing outdoor, locally sourced dinners, check out the link to find out when the next one is being held in your area and book your tickets now-it was amazing!) where Alex Roberts was the chef. If I wasn’t already a total fangirl (I’ll readily admit it), I sure would have been after that amazing dinner. Both Holly and I got the opportunity to talk to him (I tried to get him to open a Brasa Rotisserie in my suburb) and he was everything I had hoped he would be- talented, gracious, humble, personable and encouraging. AND HE IS THE CREATOR OF THIS SAUCE!!!!
(And Alex, if you are out there, no I am not stalking you, I just really admire your work!)
So after downing buckets of this Cilantro Lime sauce on everything at Brasa Rotisserie (pulled pork, yuca fries, masa corn cakes, tortilla chips), I was dying to find a recipe so that I could make it at home. Fortuitously, I was reading through a copy of Food and Wine and came across a sauce recipe by Alex Roberts. Was it THE Alex Roberts? Was it THE sauce? Yes! Yes! YES! Alex Roberts was awesome enough to share the recipe for the greatest sauce in the entire world.
So without further ado…here is the recipe for Cilantro Lime Sauce (aka Magic Sauce) courtesy of Alex Roberts, via Food and Wine Magazine. Thank you, thank you, thank you Alex Roberts. You have truly made my life better!
- 2 large jalapeños, ribs and seeds removed
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
- 2 Tablespoons white onion, minced
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup of water
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
- Place jalapeños, garlic, ginger, onion, lime juice and a splash of the water into the bowl of a food processor or blender.
- Process until smooth.
- Add mayonnaise and cilantro and then pulse until well combined.
- Add remainder of water until you have reached your desired consistency (this is a fairly thin sauce, add less water if you would like it a little thicker).
- Add salt to taste.
- Serve and enjoy
Here is the link to the original Food and Wine recipe.