Zhoug Sauce

Zhoug Sauce
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I have never heard of a sauce with so many names or different ways of saying. Clearly due to different languages and cultures but Spaghetti Bolognese is Spaghetti Bolognese! It is written as Zhoug, or Zhug, or Zkoug. It is also called Sahouk, Sahawiq, Harif, or Bisbas. For the western World it is at least pronounced “Zoog”. Lets just go with that.

Also it is one of those sauces that can be put on just about anything if you are a spicy cilantro freak. You can put it on Hummus, yoghurt, meat dishes, falafels, as a spread. Man if you love it, you will eat it by the spoonful!

It originally comes from Yemen. It is well known in Israel and the Arabian Peninsula. It became quite trendy in LA and is now pretty well know in North America. Europeans haven’t really discovered this one yet and maybe never will.

It is made many different ways. Sometimes with Parsley and red wine vinegar, or lemon juice. Essential ingredients are peppers, garlic, and cilantro. But for me the special ingredient that makes it so special is crushed cardamom. If you live in Switzerland, you can order online at my shop: Freshsalsa.ch.

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 20 mins Rest Time 10 mins Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 4
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Real easy and you decide how spicy you want it. Start without the seed from the jalapeno. Then you can adjust the spiciness by adding them afterwards if you like.

You can use what ever peppers you want. There are actually 2 types of Zhoug - Green and Red depending on the peppers used.




How to make a Zhoug Sauce

  1. Add all ingredients except the Olive Oil in a food processor.

    Add Olive Oil and let it whirl! 

    It should have a smooth consistency. Especially if you are using cardamom seeds instead of powder, you want run the food processor for about a minute.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2

Servings 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 150kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g27%
Saturated Fat 2.4g12%
Sodium 215mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 1g1%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugars 0.3g

Vitamin A 2 IU
Vitamin C 9 mg
Calcium 1 mg
Iron 1 mg
Vitamin E 1 IU
Vitamin K 20 mcg
Thiamin 1 mg
Riboflavin 1 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Vitamin B6 3 mg
Folate 1 mcg
Phosphorus 1 mg
Magnesium 1 mmol
Zinc 1 mcg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Keywords: Cilantro, Garlic, Chili Peppers, Cardomone

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