Schug (Skug, Skhug or Zhug) Recipe

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| Last Updated on September 21, 2023
Schug, also known as skug, skhug or zhug, is a Middle Eastern spicy condiment that originated in Yemen and can be used in a variety of dishes. Schug sauce gets its heat from green chili peppers, freshness from parsley and cilantro and its citrusy finish from the lemon juice.
Utensils Side Dish
Globe Middle Eastern
13
ingredients
4
steps
15
minutes
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Ingredients

Servings:
6
4
garlic cloves
1/2-1 cup(s)
green chiles, such as jalapeños, stemmed, see notes 1
1-3
habanero peppers, see notes 2
1 1/2 cup(s)
cilantro
3/4 cup(s)
parsley
2 tbsp
freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more to taste
1 tsp
salt, plus more to taste
1 tsp
ground coriander
1 tsp
ground cumin
1/2 tsp
ground turmeric
1/4 tsp
ground cardamom
1/4 tsp
ground black pepper
1/2 cup(s)
extra-virgin olive or vegetable oil
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Directions 4 steps | 15 Minutes

Step 1

In the bowl of a food processor, add the garlic cloves, green chiles and habanero peppers. Pulse to chop. 

Schug (Skug, Skhug or Zhug) Recipe: In the bowl of a food processor, add the garlic cloves, green chiles and habanero peppers.
Step 2

Add the cilantro, parsley, lemon juice, salt, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cardamom and black pepper. Pulse until roughly chopped. 

Schug (Skug, Skhug or Zhug) Recipe: Add the cilantro, parsley, lemon juice, salt, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cardamom and black pepper.
Step 3

With the food processor on, add the oil. Do not overprocess as the final sauce should still have some texture. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more lemon juice and salt. 

Schug (Skug, Skhug or Zhug) Recipe: With the food processor on, add the oil.
Step 4

Serve on grilled meats, vegetables, skewers or even burgers. It can even be used as a dip for bread. Enjoy!

Schug (Skug, Skhug or Zhug) Recipe: Serve on grilled meats, vegetables, skewers or even burgers.

Notes:

  1. The number of peppers added will adjust the spiciness of the schug. For a mild schug, make sure to use just ½ cup and remove the inner membrane and seeds of the pepper. For the spiciest schug, use the full one cup and keep the peppers whole.
  2. Use just one habanero pepper for a milder schug. Use three for a very spicy schug.

Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
187
FAT
19 g
PROTEIN
1 g
CARBS
4.8 g
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Christina P.

Christina

03 Jan 2023

This Schug Recipe is a must-try to spice up a dish. Easy to make and re-create.

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