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Schug / Zhoug Sauce + Video

Schug is a tasty Middle Eastern spicy cilantro condiment. Make this recipe for zhoug sauce to use on grilled meats, vegetables or on bread.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 10
Calories: 29kcal
Author: Kevin


  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 serrano chiles coarsely chopped (See Note 3)
  • 1 ½ oz cilantro stems removed (about 1 bunch)
  • ½ oz flat leaf parsley stems removed (about ⅓ bunch)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon water


  • Place garlic and chiles in bowl of a food processor and pulse or process until finely chopped.
    Add remaining ingredients and pulse several times to create a coarse, thick paste. Keep it slightly chunky in texture, do not over mix.
  • Add more or less chiles for preferred spiciness.
    Serve over grilled meats, spooned over fresh cut tomatoes, hummus or whatever you like for an added kick of flavor.
  • Store in an airtight jar in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.



  1. I add a thin layer of olive oil on top to keep fresh if not using right away.
  2. Makes about ⅔ cup total.
  3. Add more or less chiles for preferred heat. This is meant to be spicy!
Recipe adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi


Sodium: 62mg | Calcium: 6mg | Vitamin C: 4mg | Vitamin A: 418IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 34mg | Calories: 29kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 3g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 1g | Iron: 1mg