Cilantro is a must in Latin American and Asian cooking, where it's chopped into salsas or cooked into curries. Its fragrant leaves come from the same plant as coriander seeds, but their flavors are quite different. Cilantro's distinctive taste has been described as everything from fresh and clean to zesty and tangy.

The Basics

Coarsely chopped cilantro adds fresh flavor to dressings, dips, sauces, stews, vegetables and chicken dishes. It also makes a pretty garnish.

Sold in bunches, cilantro will last longer if left uncut. So cut off only the amount you will need. And don't overchop, or the tender leaves will turn black.

To keep it fresh even longer, place the bunch, stem side down, in a glass with an inch or so of water. Cover with a plastic bag, secure with a rubber band and store in the fridge. It should stay fresh for up to a week if you change the water every other day.


Cilantro Recipes

Festive Shrimp TartsFestive Shrimp Tarts
These Festive Shrimp Tarts always get rave reviews. I've made them well in advance and they're still party perfect later!
—Sheri Mosely Clermont, Florida

Salsa for a CrowdSalsa for a Crowd
When planning your next fiesta, look no further than this hearty, pretty salsa. Succulently seasoned with coriander, cumin, garlic and cilantro, your crowd will definitely say, "Ole!"
—Betsy Sams, Jamesville, New York

Spicy Sweet Potato Chips & Cilantro DipSpicy Sweet Potato Chips & Cilantro Dip
This cool, creamy dip is a great partner for spicy chips. They're made for each other!
—Libby Walp, Chicago

Shredded Pork BurritosShredded Pork Burritos
Pork roast is slow-cooked with savory and sweet ingredients, including a can of cola, to create tender, Shredded Pork Burritos.
—Katherine Nelson, Centerville, Utah

Chicken Enchilada Verde PizzaChicken Enchilada Verde Pizza
You'll need to grab a knife and fork for this loaded, irresistible Chicken Enchilada Verde Pizza. One bite and you'll be hooked!
—Michael O'Brien, Madison, Wisconsin

Cilantro PestoCilantro Pesto
Feel free to make this simple Cilantro Pesto ahead of time and freeze it." This brightly colored pesto tastes as fresh as it looks!
—Karen Deaver, Babylon Village, New York

Cilantro ChickenCilantro Chicken
If you like cilantro, you will definitely like this Cilantro Chicken dish. It adds great flavor to the chicken along with the tangy lemon juice and caramelized onions.
—Mary Pipkin, Melba, Idaho