Shifka Pepper Spread Recipe – Recipes, Jewlish, Featured

The Israeli condiment you must try.

In Israel, condiments are king. Go to any falafel or shawarma stand and in addition to the Israeli salad, you can fill your pita with your choice of condiments. From harissa to schug for spicy chili sauces to candied lemon sauce to pickled mango amba, tahini and hummus, you’ll learn that what really makes a great food stand is their condiments .

Shifka peppers are small yellow peppers often served alongside olives, but if you’re lucky you might find it in prepared sauce form and that sauce just might change your life. Or you can take your own chance and make this sauce yourself. Learn more about Shifka’s origins here. We love simply finely chopped shifka peppers, but if you bother using a blender, you might as well add some garlic and lemon while you’re at it.

Once you have the sauce you can simply use it to jazz up any sandwich, you can mix it with mayonnaise and eat with roast chicken or you can use it to marinate and cook chicken or fish for a quick weeknight dinner.

Food 4 Thought: Did you know that according to Kabbalah, there are sparks of divinity embedded in everything we eat? Eating with conscious intention helps to “elevate” and incorporate these sparks. Get more thoughts on Jewish food here.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cup


  • 1 cup pickled shifka peppers (can substitute pepperoncini) (stems removed)
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt


  1. Combine peppers, lemon juice, garlic, oil and salt in a blender or food processor and process until finely chopped.
  2. Put in a jar, add oil to preserve.

Tips for cooking: Combine shika sauce with mayonnaise and spread on fish fillets, sprinkle with paprika and grill or mix with paprika and marinate the chicken before grilling.

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