Cilantro Lime Sofrito

Cilantro-Lime Sofrito is one of the tastiest and most complex recipe’s we’ve tried. A small amount added to any dish elevates it and brings out layers of flavor. Perfect mixed into rice, couscous, and omelets.


  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 5 c finely chopped yellow onion (3 to 4 medium onions)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic (1 large clove)
  • 1/4 c finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, zested
  • 1 tbsp. plus 1 teaspoon, fresh lime juice (1 lime)


  1. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and salt, and reduce the heat to medium low.
  2. Cook the onions slowly, stirring often, until they are soft and light golden, 1 hour.
  3. Add the garlic and cook until soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro, lime zest and lime juice. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt. Let cool.


Source: Chef Annie Pettry

Skip to content