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Zhoug Sauce Recipe - a flavorful Israeli Green Chili Sauce that gives meals a burst of flavor. Simple easy recipe that can be made in 5 minutes flat! |

Authentic Zhoug Sauce Recipe (Zhug)

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 ¼ cup
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Yemen


Zhoug Recipe – a flavorful Middle Eastern Green Chili Sauce that gives meals a burst of flavor. Simple easy recipe that can be made in 5 minutes flat! This version is simple and easy without compromising flavor. Lather it over grilling meats, spoon it into falafels and wraps, liven up soups and stews or my favorite…make Zhoug Yogurt by stirring it into yogurt for a flavorful sauce.


  • 13 whole jalapenos, sliced ( start with one, if unsure)
  • 2 fat garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch cilantro, small stems ok
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamon ( or whole, see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½  teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, more to desired consistency
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes (Aleppo chili is nice), more to taste (optional)


Place all ingredients ( except oil) in a food processor and pulse until it’s uniformly chopped. Add oil and lemon juice process into a coarse paste. For a looser version, add a bit more oil.

Taste for salt and heat, adding more if necessary. Add chili flakes if you like.

Store in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to a week.


Feel free to use whole cardamon seeds, whole cumin seeds and peppercorns– toasting and grinding. Caraway seeds are a nice touch too. Jalapeños are not traditional, yet produce a very consistent and milder heat. You can swap them out for hotter chilies. Feel free to swap out the cilantro for flat-leaf parsley, or even fresh mint. You can also do a blend of all three! The cardamom is the star here, so make sure you use enough so you can taste it.

To Make Zhoug Yogurt, mix 1-2 tablespoons with a cup of yogurt. Taste, adjust salt.

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