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Zhoug Yemeni spicy cilantro sauce
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5 from 9 votes

Zhoug (Spicy Cilantro Sauce)

Zhoug is a spicy cilantro sauce that's ready in 5 minutes. You can serve this spicy Yemeni sauce with anything from grilled meat to falafels.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: condiments
Cuisine: Yemeni
Servings: 4
Calories: 30kcal


  • 2 jalapenos seeds removed if you don't want the sauce too spicy
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • 2 ½ cups fresh cilantro
  • cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 lemon juice of


  • Place the jalapenos, garlic, cumin, salt and Aleppo pepper in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Process until all is combined and finely chopped.
  • Add in the cilantro and process again so the cilantro is finely chopped as well.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add in the olive oil and lemon juice. Stir to combine and taste to make sure it has enough salt and lemon juice.
  • Store in a jar or a container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


  • You can stir zhoug into hummus, use it as a marinade for beef shish kabob or as a condiment in a shawarma or falafel sandwich. 
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container or a jar and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 
  • If you don't want to use a food processor, chop all the ingredients very finely and mix in a bowl with olive oil and lemon juice. 


Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1175mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3199IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg