Zesty Zhug: The Fiery Herb & Chile Symphony


Delve into the bold world of Middle Eastern flavors with Zesty Zhug, a fiery herb and chile sauce that packs a powerful punch. Originating from Yemeni cuisine, Zhug is a vibrant blend of fresh herbs, spicy chiles, and aromatic spices. It's a versatile condiment that can enliven any dish, adding heat, depth, and a burst of flavor. Whether drizzled over grilled meats, swirled into soups, or used as a spread, Zhug is an unforgettable addition to your culinary repertoire.

Zesty Zhug: The Fiery Herb & Chile Symphony

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: Makes about 1 cup
  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

Nutritional Profile (per tablespoon)

  • Calories: 20 kcal
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Sodium: 50 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g


  • Fresh cilantro: 50 grams (1.76 ounces / 0.11 pounds)
  • Fresh parsley: 30 grams (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Hot green chiles (like jalapeños or serranos): 100 grams (3.5 ounces / 0.22 pounds)
  • Garlic cloves: 20 grams (0.7 ounces / 0.04 pounds)
  • Ground cumin: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Ground cardamom: 2 grams (0.07 ounces / 0.004 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 60 ml (2 ounces / 0.13 pounds)
  • Lemon juice: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Salt: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Blending Ingredients: In a food processor, combine cilantro, parsley, chiles, garlic, cumin, cardamom, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Blend until smooth.
  2. Adjusting Consistency: Add a bit of water if the sauce is too thick. Adjust salt to taste.
  3. Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Wear gloves while handling hot chiles to protect your skin.
  • Adjust the number of chiles based on your heat preference.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long can Zhug be stored?

When refrigerated in an airtight container, Zhug can last up to a week.

Can Zhug be used as a marinade?

Absolutely, its bold flavors make it an excellent marinade for meats and vegetables.

Is Zhug vegan and gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is both vegan and gluten-free.