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Peruvian Sauces Aji Verde & Aji Huacatay

These two Peruvian sauces are famous and go beautifully with pollo a la brasa.

Course Sauce
Cuisine Peruvian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 512 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


for the aji verde sauce:

  • 2 fresh jalapenos or serrano roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon aji amarillo paste see note below
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 2 Tablespoons grated cotija cheese or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium garlic clove minced
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground

For the huacatay sauce:

  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 3 scallions roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons aji amarillo paste
  • 2 Tablespoons huacatay paste
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions for the Aji Verde

  1. Combine jalapenos, aji amarillo, cilantro, cotjia, garlic, oil, vinegar, and lime juice in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth paste form.
  2. Add mayonnaise and blend until homogeneous.

  3. Transfer to a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with grilled chicken.

  4. Unused sauce can be stored in a covered container for up a week in the refrigerator.

For the Aji Huacatay

  1. Heat the oil in a small skillet and saute. the garlic over medium low
  2. In a blender Add the garlic oil, scallions, mayonnaise, aji amarillo, huacatay and cilantro and blend until smooth
  3. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to use.
Nutrition Facts
Peruvian Sauces Aji Verde & Aji Huacatay
Amount Per Serving
Calories 512 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 401mg17%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 545IU11%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.