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Serrano Crema

Serrano crema is similar to Peruvian green sauce, or Aji Verde, the bright green sauce served alongside roasted chicken in restaurants, and it’s delicious! This creamy sauce is bold, and it adds the perfect spice to poultry, meat, vegetables, and salads! Use a drizzle of the green sauce to elevate everyday meals. For another variation with less spice, try avocado lime crema!

A bowl of freshly made serrano crema.

What is Serrano Crema?

Crema’s are typically much thinner than sour cream and since this sauce contains both sour cream and yogurt, the result is a thin and flavorful sauce you’ll want to pour on everything! Ours is flavored with serrano peppers, chopped cilantro, fresh garlic, and a splash of lime.

Is Serrano Crema Spicy?

I think it’s just right, but then again, I love a little heat! However, I realize that not everyone handles spice in the same way, and serrano chilies may be too spicy for some. If that’s you, I suggest using jalapeños with the membranes and stems removed for a milder sauce.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Serrano Peppers: Serrano chiles are a favorite of mine! In the summertime, we have serrano chili plants growing in our backyard. Even though I love them, serrano chilis may create a crema that’s too spicy for some. For a milder sauce, use jalapeños. In addition, you can remove the chili membrane and seeds before dicing; this will lower the spice level as well.
  • Cilantro: Cilantro balances the heat and lends the sauce it’s bright green color.
  • Garlic: I suggest using three garlic cloves, but measure with your heart.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt thickens the Serrano crema.
  • Sour Cream: Sour cream creates a smooth texture and lends a sour note that compliments and doesn’t overwhelm the other ingredients.
  • Lime Juice: I use fresh lime juice, about one whole lime.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil works alongside the yogurt and sour cream to create the perfect texture for the sauce. To use this crema as a dressing, increase the amount of olive oil to thin it out.
  • Salt + Pepper: Season the crema according to your preference.

How to Make Serrano Crema

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Add all of the ingredients, apart from olive oil and seasoning, to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.

Once all the ingredients are in the blender, mix for and tasty sauce.

Step 2: Stir in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to serve.

Serrano crema in a blender and seasoned with salt and pepper.

If you enjoy this side, try one of these salsa recipes!

A small bowl of serrano crema with a jar of the same in the background.

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A bowl of freshly made serrano crema.

Serrano Crema

Tressa Jamil
Serrano crema contains serrano chilies, fresh cilantro, a pop of garlic, and a combination of sour cream and yogurt to give the sauce a nice creamy texture. Olive oil, lime juice, and spices finish this sauce you'll want to douse on absolutely everything.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Peruvian
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 71 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 3-4 serrano peppers, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, full-fat
  • cup sour cream
  • lime juice, 1 lime
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
Instructions
 
  • Add all of the ingredients, apart from olive oil and seasoning, to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Stir in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to serve.
Notes
Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 71 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 5 mg | Sodium: 7 mg | Potassium: 36 mg | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 156 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 22 mg
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Recipe Rating




Karen L O'Connor

Monday 19th of June 2023

Hi! Really enjoy the wonderful serrano dressing. Fun to make, very good, too. Sincerely, Karen L O'Connor

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment! I'm thrilled to hear that you're enjoying the serrano crema. It's always a pleasure when something turns out fun to make and tastes delicious. Your kind words made my day!

Karen L O'Connor

Monday 19th of June 2023

Hi! Yum. Thanks

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

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Emily Ramirez

Friday 26th of May 2023

This Serrano Crema has completely transformed my meals. The best part is that it's so easy to make!

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

I'm beyond thrilled to hear that you've been able to use Serrano Crema to enhance your meals.

Liam

Friday 26th of May 2023

Oh my goodness, I can't stop raving about this Serrano Crema!The sauce is bursting with flavor and adds just the right amount of spice to any dish. I've been enjoying it with roasted chicken, and it takes the flavor to a whole new level. A big thank you for sharing this delightful recipe!

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

I'm thrilled to hear that you're loving the Serrano Crema, and roasted chicken is the perfect pairing! Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience.

RJ

Thursday 19th of May 2022

Such a nice flavor and is pretty easy to make. I love having this sauce with baked chicken.

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 12th of June 2022

I made it for our Peruvian chicken, which is a whole, baked chicken. It's so good!