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Zhoug: Spicy Cilantro Pesto | The Mediterranean Dish. A fragrant, spicy green sauce with fresh cilantro, parsley, Middle Eastern spices and olive oil. Think cilantro pesto with a nice kick. Great on all sorts of sandwiches, stirred into soup, or as a topping to your meat! See the recipe on

Zhoug: Spicy Cilantro Pesto Recipe


Zhoug is a lesser known Mediterranean sauce, but a must-try! Think spicy, fragrant, cilantro pesto...kinda.


  • 6 jalapeno peppers (or hot green chiles), sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup (packed) fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground green cardamom
  • 1/3 cup Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice of


  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade, add the jalapeno, garlic and salt. Coarsely chop.
  2. Now add cilantro, parsley and spices. Run processor until a finer thick paste forms.
  3. Transfer the cilantro paste to a bowl. Add the olive oil and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Enjoy!


  • To store place in a sanitized mason jar and top with lots of extra virgin olive oil. The oil acts to seal the zhoug and helps take off a bit of the spicy edge. Cover and refrigerate; it'll keep well for 3 days or so.
  • Recommended for this Recipe our Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil; all-natural and organic coriander, cumin, and all-natural cardamom.
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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Sauce/Dip
  • Method: Counter top
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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