Trader Joe’s ZHOUG SAUCE (SPICY!!!!)


Trader Joe’s ZHOUG SAUCE is a deliciously spicy traditional Yemeni / Middle Eastern green hot sauce. When they describe it on the package as “very spicy” in this case TJ’s is not kidding. This is VERY SPICY, as in knock-your-socks-off level of firey heat. So if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen –  however you can “tame” Zhough a bit easily as I mention later and still enjoy it in moderation for a great flavor addition.

ZHOUG is a thickish super green, herbal paste made from cilantro, jalapenos and red chile flakes, wonderfully seasoned with garlic, cumin and cardamon. Zhoug sauce is simply one of the the most bloody wonderful and unique condiments you may ever taste. I’ve put it on just about everything you can think of…chicken, tofu, eggs, fritattas, pasta, fish…. you name it. You can’t go wrong with this on just about anything you put it on, it will make you smack your lips, oh yeah yum, wow. I suspect it would be good on shoe leather. Now, you will probably use this in small amounts, just a few dashes, as its so spicy, and a little goes a long way, especially as-is out of the box.

Frankly this was even a bit too spicy even for me, kind of a rare statement. So unless you are a total chile-head, capsaicin obsessed, death-head sauce freak, you might even want to “tame” this sauce a tiny bit, as I tried and did easily. I just added some olive oil and lemon juice to cut down the heat ever so slightly by dilution. It was still excellent this way. I also use it mixed into greek yogurt (or regular yogurt) with great success. Yogurt and Zhoug are a very good combo and make a wonderful, easy creamy green Zhough variation. Adjust the ratio of yogurt to zhoug till its perfect for your personal taste. I actually like the Zhoug tamed a wee bit. As is out of the container just a few small dollops is enough to make your mouth on fire. Again if you’re a chile-head,  you will love it, so pour it on.

You will find TJ’s ZHOUG SAUCE in the refrigerated section, in an 8 oz container which is $2.99. Frankly this is a steal (but don’t tell TJ’s lest they raise the price) Seriously you should try this. Its a Top-10 TJ product IMO. It’s carrierd in the refrigerated section.

ZHOUG matches wonderfully with grilled SHAWARMA CHICKEN!

And if you want to try your hand at making ZHOUG yourself here’s a DIY recipe for it I found online


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  3. Bob
    Oct 15, 2020 @ 23:59:18

    This sauce is amazing, so glad I found it at TJ’s! I’d say the one I just bought is a medium spice level, at worst. I’m guessing the difference is because the spice level of jalapenos is spice variable, they must have used some particularly hot ones in the batch that you got.



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  6. Jenny Miller
    Feb 19, 2021 @ 14:21:23

    I could eat this with a spoon. Insanity yummy



    • promacnyc
      Feb 19, 2021 @ 14:57:10

      Yes! I even put it on cottage cheese. Great combo actually. I just marinated shrimp in it, then grilled them, and served with more sauce on the side… this sauce is heavenly.



  7. jennymillerithaca
    Feb 19, 2021 @ 14:22:21

    Insanity yummy. I could eat with a spoon.



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