Recipe: Cilantro-Lime Sofrito

Annie Pettry proves that slow-cooked sofrito is better with bright cilantro and fresh lime

To make chef Annie Pettry's sofrito, onions simmer low and slow in butter for a long time, but with reason: They lose their bitter edge and gain sweetness, turning into a sweet onion jam. Add a little lime and some fresh cilantro, and you have a condiment that can be served with grilled or sautéed anything.

To learn more, read "Annie Pettry's Secret Weapon."

Recipe adapted from from Annie Pettry, Decca, Louisville, KY

Cilantro-Lime Sofrito
5 from 39 ratings
Cook your onions low and slow, fold in cilantro and lime, then serve this flavorful sofrito with anything.
Prep Time
Cook Time
Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 cups finely chopped yellow onion (3 to 4 medium onions)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (1 large clove)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • Zest of ½ lime
  • 1 tablespoon, 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. Cook the onions slowly, stirring often, until they are soft and light golden, 1 hour. Add the garlic and cook until soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro, lime zest and lime juice. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt. Let cool.
Calories per Serving 126
Total Fat 8.8 g
Saturated Fat 5.5 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 22.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 11.9 g
Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
Total Sugars 4.9 g
Sodium 312.8 mg
Protein 1.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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