Zhoug , Yemenite Hot Sauce


Zhoug is a Yemenite sauce that is served with just about everything, especially with foods with origins in the Middle East.
It always accompanies salads like khtsilim pikanti (spicy eggplant), hummus, and roasted root vegetables, and it’s also a favorite with fish, game, and meat dishes, such as shawarma, as well. You can add to soups, pilafs, and other rice dishes, stews, and flatbreads as a hotter alternative to Chimichurri.



Zhoug , Yemenite Hot Sauce

Chef Norbert
Lather it in sandwiches and falafels, spoon it over roasted vegetables, tofu, eggs, chicken, fish, or use it as a marinade for grilled meats.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 24
Calories 42 kcal



  • Use a food processor, blender to shred the cilantro. Add the juice of 1 lime, the 1/2 cup of olive oil, and pulse into a green paste.
    3 bunch cilantro, 1 each lime, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Add the garlic and pulse until incorporated. Add the red chilis and pulse until rendered into small red flecks in a sea of bright green. It's OK if there are visible seeds.
    4 cloves garlic, 8 small chili peppers, hot red
  • Add the cardamom, cumin, salt, and pepper, and blend until uniform.
    1 tsp cardamom, 1 tsp cumin, ground, 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground, 1 tsp sea salt
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks, or for up to 6 months in the freezer.


Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate

Keyword Hot sauce, Yemenite, Zhoug
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