Classic Gremolata Recipe

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Gremolata (Gremolada) is a classic Italian condiment that takes 10 minutes to whip up and 3 ingredients to make (parsley, lemon zest and garlic!). This Italian condiment has endless uses, from a topping on fish, chicken, salads, or for a simple bruschetta.

What is Gremolata?

Gremolata (Gremolada) is like the ketchup and mustard of Italian condiments! It’s bright and flavorful and contains only 3 ingredients: parsley, lemon zest and garlic. No olive oil is traditionally added because of the natural oils and juices from parsley. It’s used to dress up pretty much any dish, from a garnish on steak, Pork Milanese, or even Over Easy Eggs! The ways to use gremolata are endless.  

What is the difference between chimichurri and gremolata? Chimichurri originated in Argentina and classically contains parsley, garlic, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Gremolata is an Italian condiment that’s made from parsley, garlic and lemon zest. There are many variations on both sauces.

Video: How to Make Gremolata

Gremolata Ingredients

Classic gremolata includes only 3 ingredients! Here they are…

  1. Italian flat-leaf parsley – the parsley is finely chopped, releasing its natural oils and juices, so olive oil isn’t necessary.
  2. Lemon zest – lemon zest adds intense lemon flavor.
  3. Garlic – garlic adds a garlicky, spicy kick.

How to Make Gremolata

Here’s how to make a traditional gremolata that will taste like it’s straight from Italy! The full recipe is in the recipe card; this is just an outline.

  1. Chop.

    Finely chop Italian parsley, removing large stems.

  2. Add.

    Add the garlic and lemon zest.

  3. Combine.

    Stir and serve.

How to Use Gremolata

The uses for gremolata are SERIOUSLY endless. Here are my top 10 uses for gremolata!

  1. On grilled steak
  2. On Italian Meatballs or sausages
  3. On fish like cod or salmon, like my Poached Salmon Recipe
  4. On Baked Chicken Breast or Grilled Chicken
  5. With pasta like Pasta al Limone (Lemon Pasta)
  6. On top of salads or grain bowls
  7. As a bruschetta
  8. On top of hummus, like this Beet Hummus
  9. Mixed into Homemade Gazpacho

Gremolata Variations

Although the classic recipe for gremolata contains only 3 ingredients, here are a few variations on the traditional version!

  • Add lemon juice – add a tablespoon of lemon juice for a touch of acid.
  • Add extra virgin olive oil – add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to turn this condiment into more of a sauce.
  • Add toasted pine nuts – toast ¼ cup pine nuts at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes, let cool, and toss into the gremolata.
  • Add grated parmesan cheese – finely grate ¼ cup parmesan cheese and toss into the gremolata.
  • Add fresh cilantro or mint – swap 50% of the parsley for 50% cilantro or mint.

    How to Store

    Gremolata will store well in an airtight container for 3 days in the refrigerator; however gremolata is best used the same day it’s made!

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    Classic Gremolata Recipe

    Gremolata (Gremolada) is a classic Italian condiment that takes 10 minutes to whip up and 3 ingredients to make (parsley, lemon zest and garlic!).
    5 from 9 votes
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Course: Sauce & Dips
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: spring, summer
    Servings: 4 servings
    Calories: 6kcal
    Author: Tastefully Grace

    Ingredients

    • ½ cup flat-leaf Italian parsley finely chopped and packed
    • 1 medium lemon zested
    • 2 medium garlic cloves smashed and minced
    • Salt & pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Finely chop parsley, removing large stems (tender, young stems are okay). Add the packed ½ cup to a bowl.
    • Add smashed, minced garlic and the zest of a lemon (the outer yellow portion of the peel).
    • Stir and serve!

    Video

    Notes

    • See the above post for ideas on how to use gremolata.
    • Gremolata will store well in an airtight container for 3 days in the refrigerator; however gremolata is best used the same day it’s made!

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 633IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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