Schug is a green Yemenite Hot Sauce made out of cilantro, jalapeno peppers garlic and Middle Eastern spices. It's spicy and perky, the best way to spice up your meals!
- Schug is a green Yemenite Hot Sauce made out of cilantro, jalapeno peppers garlic and Middle Eastern spices. It's spicy and perky, the best way to spice up your meals!
- What is schug sauce?
- Why you should try this Schug hot sauce
- Directions for making Yemenite zhug:
- Scaling the recipe
- Serving suggestions for Schug
- Other Middle Eastern recipes you will love
- Pin for Later!
What is schug sauce?
Schug is a Yemenite hot sauce that combines blended hot peppers, herbs, spices and citrus. It used to be made in a mortar and pestle, but these days a food processor makes short work of the entire process.
You may occassionally see schug spelled as zhug. Whether you call it schug or zhug, this Yemenite hot sauce recipe is one you won't soon forget!
Schug has a zesty, spicy flavor. it can feel very hot if you eat it on its own, but it mellows considerably when combined with other foods.
I also love mixing schug with mayonnaise for schug mayo, or with mayonnaise and sour cream and diced veggies to add a bit of spice to my vegetable dipping sauce.
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Why you should try this Schug hot sauce
Having a good, exotic and homemade hot sauce in your cupboard can mean the difference between humdrum meals and OUTSTANDING recipes that set your mouth dancing!
This hot sauce is one of my favourite condiments because it is:
- Not too spicy
- Nuanced - the mix of sour, spicy and herbaceous really makes this sauce complex, unlike many vinegar-based hot sauces
- Whole 30 appropriate
- Ready in minutes
- Keeps for months in your fridge
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Here's what you'll need for this easy schug recipe:
- jalapeno peppers
- diced cilantro
- garlic cloves
- salt & black pepper
- olive oil
- Cutting Board
- Chef's Knife
- Food Processor
- Jar with lid, or ice cube tray
Directions for making Yemenite zhug:
Making this sauce really could not be easier.
Just place all the ingredients in a food processor with a steel blade and process to a smooth mash. Top with more olive oil, and store in a jar in the refrigerator.
Yemenite schug will keep in the fridge in a well-sealed container for a week weeks, and even a month or two. Just make sure you top it with a bit of olive oil if the sauce looks too dry.
You can easily freeze this schug recipe! Just make sure you store it in a plastic container OR leave plenty of room for the sauce to expand in your glass jar.
You can also freeze this sauce in ice cube trays, similar to my cilantro pesto. That way you'll end up with schug hot sauce cubes that you can easily add to dishes as you cook.
Scaling the recipe
This recipe makes about 250g of schug, or about 1 cup of Yemenite hot sauce. That should last you for a while, but feel free to increase the quantity of the peppers and the rest of the ingredients accordingly.
Serving suggestions for Schug
A smear of schug hot sauce is crucial for my Middle Eastern eggplant grilled cheese sandwich. But I also like to add it to my shakshuka, eggs, beans, soup and so much more! It's a very versatile hot sauce.
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Yemenite hot sauce (schug)
- Food processor (https://amzn.to/2Ti3GCO)
- 2-3 jalapeno peppers
- ⅓ cup diced cilantro
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- pinch of cardamom
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- ½ cup olive oil or more for covering
- Put all the schug ingredients in a food processor with a steel blade and process to a smooth mash. Top with olive oil as needed to ensure it is properly covered. Store in a jar in the refrigerator.
- Schug will keep in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for a few months. You can also freeze it in a plastic container, or in ice cube trays.