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Zhoug, also known as Zhug, Sahawiq, or Bisbas, is a fiery and flavorful hot sauce originating from Yemen. This easy homemade version combines cilantro, parsley, jalapeño, lemon, garlic, and spices for a zesty dip perfect with veggies, bread, tofu, pasta, and more!

Hey, fellow foodies! Today, I’m super excited to share one of my all-time favorite dips with you – Zhoug, also known as Zhug, Sahawiq, or Bisbas. Originating from the Yemeni cuisine, this hot sauce is a flavorful explosion that will set your taste buds on fire – in the best way possible!

Usually, I would get my Zhoug fix from Trader Joe’s, but unfortunately, the nearest store is quite far from me. So, I decided to embark on a culinary adventure and make this fiery delight from scratch. And you know what? It turned out to be just as amazing, if not better, than the store-bought version!

What you will need for this Zhoug:

• 1 bunch of cilantro
• 1 bunch of parsley
• 1 jalapeño
• zest and juice of 1 lemon
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
• 1/2 tsp cumin
• drizzle of sriracha


Now, how to enjoy this magical dip?

The possibilities are endless! Serve it as a dipping sauce for fresh veggies, slather it on crusty bread, spread it on toast, dip crackers in it, drizzle it over a tofu scramble, or toss it with pasta. Heck, you can even eat it with a spoon (no judgment here)! Trust me; once you try it, you’ll want to put it on absolutely everything.

Whether you’re a spice enthusiast or simply love exploring bold flavors, this Zhoug recipe is a must-try. It’s quick, easy, and guarantees to add a burst of excitement to your dishes. So, why wait? Get your blender ready and join the peace, love, and Zhoug revolution!

Happy dipping, drizzling, and devouring, my foodie friends!

Jackie Akerberg

Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa. 

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PEACE LOVE & ZHOUG. This is one of my absolute favorite dips! I usually buy it pre-made at Trader Joe’s, but TJ’s is pretty far away for me so I decided to try and make it from scratch! If you’re near a Trader Joe’s - go buy Zhoug immediately. If you’re NOT or prefer to make stuff from scratch, this recipe is JUST as delicious and SUPER easy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dip, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian


  • Blender


  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 jalapeño
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • drizzle of sriracha
  • 2 tbsp EVOO


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and then blend until smooth!


Serve with fresh veggies, eat on crusty bread, spread it on toast, dip crackers in it, drizzle on tofu scramble, toss with pasta, EAT WITH A SPOON! But really, it’s delish so don’t be ashamed when you want to eat it on absolutely everything.
Keyword 10 minutes or less, dairy free, dip, gluten free, oil free, plant based, vegan dip
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