In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Chadon Beni (shado beni, culantro) Garlic Sauce.

I assume our love affair with garlic sauce (like garlic aioli) is influenced by the food immigrants from the Middle East brought with them to our shores many moons ago. Did you know…

“The last group of immigrants to venture to colonial Trinidad originated in the region previously known as Greater Syria, which comprises of present day Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Lebanon. Many of the Lebanese hailed from the villages of Buhandoun and Amyoun while the Syrians came from villages in the ‘Valley of the Christians.’ These Arabs emigrated to the Caribbean from as early as 1904 in an attempt to escape religious persecution and economic hardship in their native countries.”

Over the years it’s evolved into a true Caribbean style sauce, with the addition of Shado Beni (aka culantro) and at times a little scotch bonnet (not today though). As a topping for grilled meats, fresh cut fries and a touch on your hamburger and you’ll be blown away at the delightful difference it makes. This garlic sauce its quickly making it’s way into the culinary framework throughout the Caribbean and versions can be found on just about every island.


You’ll Need…

10 cloves garlic
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
3 1/2 teaspoons sugar (white granulated)
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chadon beni (aka shado beni , culantro)

* Taste for salt and add more sugar if necessary (you’re looking for a creamy garlic finish with a sort of sweet undertone).

Place the garlic, vinegar, sugar, honey and salt into a blender or food processor and puree on high for a minute. Then with the blender on, drizzle in the olive oil so it starts going creamy and start taking on the basic consistency of a runny mayo.

Then give the shado beni a rough chop and add to the blender. Give it a few pulses as you want to be able to see tiny specks of the shado beni and not have it fully pureed.

Place in a sealed container and store in the fridge. Be sure to give it a good shake before serving and if you want a little kick, don’t hesitate in add a bit of chopped scotch bonnet to the blender as well.

This Chadon Beni (Shado Beni) garlic sauce is excellent drizzled onto fresh cut fries, as well as grilled meats and the general idea is to use it as you would used mayonnaise (sandwiches and wraps).

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  1. Fareed
    December 17, 2014 / 2:13 am

    Fabulous. Learned to make this in Mexico, without the Chadon Beni off course.
    In Trinidad, this herb grows wild and is also commercially cultivated. In TNT it is also known as Bhandania (Bhan dan ya). If you cannot get it in a West Indian store or find one, try a Vietnamese store where it is called Ngo Gai (Go Gai).

  2. Sterling S Mohammed
    November 22, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    Had this with hot pepper sauce on Stewed Chicken feet-dynamite!

  3. Marisca
    June 25, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    Hi Chris, I love cooking,and enjoy your recipes. What sauce would be good for steak? Can I use the same garlic sauce? Or do you have the ingredients for mushroom sauce?

  4. Ken
    December 24, 2013 / 10:19 am

    Tried this yesterday and I’m surprised how tasty this is. I started eating it with a spoon right out of the bowl!

    Now to find something to put it on before I end up drinking the whole thing. 🙂

  5. Charmaine
    June 11, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    will try this and let you know

  6. Vilorn
    April 3, 2013 / 12:06 pm

    looks like it would be good on corn.

  7. deborah downer
    March 28, 2013 / 10:04 am

    Hi Chris, i just discovered your site. I love cooking and am always looking for something different to cook for the kids. My husband and i eat everything but OMG! It's torture to cook for the kids. i hope to find some good stuff for them here. LOVE this ! thnks for keeping the flag flying!.

  8. Joan
    March 24, 2013 / 9:39 am

    you know how long i wanted this recipe Thanks Chris!!!!!!!!

  9. Andy Sharp
    March 17, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    Nice and easy. Thanks Chris.

    P.S. I'm already registered with CP but for the life of me cannot remember either my log on name or the password I used initially.
    Please refresh my memory through the e-mail below. Cheers!!

  10. Ann
    March 17, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    Hi Chris, banks for this recipe. I will definitely make this because I love chadonbeni and anything with garlic. By the way can you give me a recipe for chadonbeni pesto? Thanks a mill.

  11. Barbara
    March 17, 2013 / 11:08 am

    anything with this much garlic is bound to be good! Saving this one!!!

    • yvonne
      July 30, 2013 / 4:13 pm

      Me too

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