Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce

Cilantro lime cream sauce will become one of your favorite salsas to eat with tacos, nachos, or burritos. This recipe is made in just 5 minutes with a bunch of fresh ingredients and can be adapted to your preferences.

Cilantro lime cream sauce on a jar.

Bored with sour cream and Greek yogurt? Bring some spiciness and flavor into your food with this delicious and easy salsa. Inspired by the traditional Mexican crema, this version is tangy, refreshing, and creamy.

Serve it with almost anything, and it will taste just right. It is easy to make and easier to store, and the flavor is not too spicy! It really is the perfect creamy salsa. I love serving it with Mexican chicken over rice.

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The Ingredients needed

The best thing about cilantro lime cream sauce is that it is very straightforward to make. The ingredients are pretty simple and available in many countries:

  • Mexican Crema: Set the base for this delicious sauce with Mexican crema. However, you can also substitute it with sour cream or Greek yogurt.
  • Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise adds creaminess and a sweet touch to this salsa but you can easily leave it out if you want a healthier version.
  • Serrano peppers: Serrano adds spice and heat. However, if you are looking for a mild-spicy pepper, you can remove the seeds and membranes from chilies.
  • Cilantro: Cilantro is the hero of this sauce. It brings in freshness and a subtle green hue. If you can’t find cilantro where you live, replace it with coriander seeds and add a few leaves of parsley for color.
  • Lime: Lime juice is ideal for the citrusy and tangy flavor. Replace with lemons if you can’t find limes where you live.
  • Garlic: Garlic brings in a deep savory flavor to this cilantro lime cream sauce. You can also use garlic powder instead of a fresh clove.
  • Milk: Use milk to adjust the consistency of the sauce. The more you add, the runny the salsa will be.
  • Seasonings: Season it with salt and pepper as per your taste.
The recipe ingredients labeled with names and scattered on a marble surface.

Easy Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce Recipe

  • Place the chilies, garlic clove, cilantro, and lime juice into a food processor. Blend until ingredients are nicely chopped.
  • Add cream, mayonnaise, and milk. Add a pinch of salt and pepper then pulse to combine everything.
  • Transfer to a bowl or container and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
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How To Use It

This delicious, refreshing crema tastes divine, and you can’t stop yourself from eating it with a spoon. However, it is not the only way to enjoy this sauce. You can serve it with:

  • Tacos: Drizzle this sauce on top of those potato tacos and enjoy the freshness and tanginess it brings.
  • Salad: This sauce serves as a perfect dressing on your salad. For example, this macaroni jalapeno pasta salad or your favorite green salad.
  • Burritos: Use this sauce as a spread inside a chicken & rice burrito. Its creaminess is all you want.
  • Dip: Serve it alongside with totopos corn chips or roasted vegetables.
  • Soup: Spoon the sauce on soups. Its creamy texture and refreshing flavor will complement every soup! We love it with this caldo de queso!
A bowl with cilantro lime cream sauce placed on a marble surface with some tortilla chips.

Make it vegan or dairy-free

If you are looking for a vegan or dairy-free version, here is what you have to do:

  • Use plant-based sour cream instead of Mexican crema, coconut cream, or vegan tofu sour cream works fine.
  • Use half of avocado instead of mayonnaise, or a vegan-mayo brand you prefer.
  • Use plant-based milk like coconut milk instead of dairy milk. It adds creaminess to the sauce.
A jar with dairy-free cilantro lime crema.

How to store cilantro lime crema?

You can transfer this creamy salsa into a jar and store it in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to five days. However, the crema gets thick in the refrigerator, so just give it a quick mix before serving it or adjust the consistency with a splash of milk.

Cilantro lime cream sauce recipe.

Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce

author Maricruz
Bring some spiciness and flavor into your food with this delicious cilantro crema salsa. Inspired by the traditional Mexican crema, this version is tangy, refreshing, and perfectly creamy.
prep 10 minutes
total 10 minutes
serving 1 cup

Ingredients 

  • 1 small handful of cilantro (about ⅓ cup chopped)
  • 1 serrano or jalapeño pepper (cut into chunks)
  • cup Mexican crema (or greek yogurt, or sour cream)
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled)
  • 2 lime (juice)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup milk (optional, read notes)

Instructions
 

  • Place garlic, serrano/jalapeno pepper, cilantro, and lime juice into a food processor.
  • Blend until ingredients are finely chopped.
  • Add cream, mayonnaise, and milk. Add a pinch of salt and pepper then pulse to combine everything.
  • Transfer to a container and adjust with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

You can use milk to adjust the consistency of the sauce. The more you add, the runny the salsa will be. So add just a little at the start and then adjust from there.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 859mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1083IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 375mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Used this recipe to drizzle over fish tacos, and O-M-G! it was beyond delicious. Thanks, crema lime and cilantro salsa is the bomb :D