This Spicy Green Sauce From Trader Joe’s Just Might Be Your New Pesto

Trader Joe's Zhoug Sauce

Emily Abrams

When you’re strolling through the aisles at Trader Joe’s, you just gotta find that cheap, obscure ingredient to claim as your own and brag to friends about later, right?

Well, enter Zhoug Sauce, a spicy green herbal blend with Middle Eastern roots.

If you’re a fan of pesto or any other fresh, herbaceous sauce that can succeed in any dish, you’ll be a fan. Eight-ounce tubs of Zhoug Sauce are sold for just $2.99 at Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe's Zhoug Sauce

Emily Abrams

Trader Joe’s Zhoug Sauce is a vibrant, fresh, spicy and fragrant sauce that’s made with cilantro, canola oil, jalapeño peppers, chili flakes, garlic, cardamom, sea salt and cumin seeds. It’s labeled as “very spicy,” but if you’re already a spicy food fan, you might think it falls more on the mild side.

You can use this zesty green sauce as a dip for your veggies or pita bread, a topping for your fish tacos, a sandwich spread, a sauce for your pasta or a bold marinade for your fish, chicken or steak. You could even incorporate a little Zhoug Sauce into your shakshuka for breakfast, make a Greek yogurt sauce for your veggie tots or mix it in with some butter for your dinner rolls. The opportunities are endless.

Looks like classic pesto might have some serious competition!


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