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Chef Jon Ashton Chimichurri Steak

Prep Your Pantry for the Heat of South America

It’s as synonymous with South America – Argentina, specifically – as the tango, malbec and Eva Perón (and packed with as much flavor and flair). A blend of fresh herbs and spicy red pepper tang, chimichurri sauce is a must-taste for any journey to South America. This week, Chef Jon Ashton is pairing it with sizzling steak – another Argentina favorite – for the ultimate weekend dinner to take you virtually to Buenos Aires. Like pesto and other tapenades, there is no one recipe one must stick to for the best chimichurri sauce. Green or red, spicy or mild, it’s up to you. Use it as dip or grilling marinade, spread it on bread or empañadas. There is no wrong way to enjoy the flavors of Argentina.

“I have yet to meet a food it doesn’t get along with.” – Chef Jon Ashton

As we prepare for this Sunday’s episode of Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton, we’re sharing his take on chimichurri steak, allowing you time to prep your pantry and inspire your next journey to South America. Gather your ingredients, then join us in the kitchen LIVE this Sunday, May 24 at 3 p.m. ET on the Crystal Facebook page.

Green Chimichurri
By Chef Jon Ashton


1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh oregano leaves
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
8 cloves garlic
4 cuts of your favorite steak


Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

Place steaks in a large sealable bag. Add the chimichurri and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight is even better. Remove the steak from the marinade and place on a plate 30 minutes before grilling.

Cook steaks on pre-heated grill until desired doneness. 

Smoky Red Chimichurri
By Chef Jon Ashton


1 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Flat-leaf parsley leaves for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

Serve with cooked steaks, chicken, fish or really any protein. Add parsley as final garnish.

Crystal Endeavor sails to Argentina and the surrounding South American destinations in fall of 2021. Explore, taste, sip, dance and discover aboard this gorgeous luxury expedition ship, and enjoy the flavors of South America aboard every Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity voyage with specialty dining at Churrascaria, inspired by South American cuisine.

Crystal’s Crystal@Home: A Virtual Cruise Experience program brings several elements of the renowned Crystal Experience directly to guests, wherever in the world they are. “Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton” represents the culinary excellence found aboard Crystal ships, as some of the greatest travel memories are created over the greatest meals.

Crystal invites travelers to book now and save with added peace of mind and flexibility as we look ahead to sailing together again.

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