This mouthwatering cilantro lime sauce can be used in so many ways. Use it as a zesty marinade, dipping sauce, or dressing. Goes well on tacos and with fish and shrimp. 

What We Love About This Cilantro Lime Sauce 

  • Pair it with anything: This sauce can be used in tacos, burritos, salads, sandwiches, and more. It can also be used as a marinade for chicken or fish, or as a topping for grilled vegetables.
  • Ready in minutes: Once you prep the ingredients, it takes mere seconds to make this sauce. It’s that simple. 
  • Deliciously creamy: All of the ingredients work so well together to make the perfect rich, creamy dressing. 
Cilantro Lime Sauce

Cilantro Lime Sauce Ingredients

  • Sour Cream – Sour cream makes up the base of the sauce. It’s creamy with a slight tanginess to it that complements the lime juice.
  • Mayonnaise – Like the sour cream, mayonnaise adds to the creamy-tangy theme of the sauce.
  • Cilantro – Cilantro is the only herb added to the sauce and is the main flavor component.
  • Lime Juice – Lime juice adds some acidity to the sauce.
  • Garlic – Since the recipe is so simple, just one garlic clove is all you need to add that savory element to this recipe. Since it’s raw garlic, it also has a slightly spicy, pungent aroma to it. 
Cilantro Lime Sauce

How to Make Cilantro Lime Sauce 

  1. Prepare the ingredients. Transfer to a food processor or blender.
    Cilantro Lime Sauce
  2. Blend until smooth. Scoop up any chunks with a spatula if needed. 
    Cilantro Lime Sauce

Make Ahead, Storing, Reheating and Freezing Instructions: 

  • To store: Transfer the cilantro lime sauce to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. 
  • To freeze: Since this is a creamy sauce, freezing is not recommended.

Cilantro Lime Sauce

This mouthwatering cilantro lime sauce can be used in so many ways. Use it as a zesty marinade, dipping sauce, or dressing. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1.25 cups



  • Add all the ingredients to a small food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.


Shaking or stirring the sauce before each use is recommended, as it may separate over time.
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Emma Kelly

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