Georgian Cuisine: Satsebeli Sauce Recipe

Updated on February 6, 2020
Shushanik profile image

Shushanik enjoys sharing recipes of dishes from her home country. She also likes discovering new dishes and sharing them with her readers.

Satsebeli sauce tastes great on many different dishes.
Satsebeli sauce tastes great on many different dishes.

Have you tried real shish kabob made in an Armenian or Georgian restaurant? If you've had an opportunity to try it, I'm sure you've noticed that it's usually served with a special homemade sauce that contains herbs and is very flavorful and tasty.

Today, I will present a recipe from a "far-away and exotic country" of super tasty things. And here is the recipe for a real Georgian satsebeli sauce, which is a must-have for meat dishes in their cuisine. Though now it is possible to buy satsebeli sauce in any Armenian, Russian, or Middle Eastern deli store, my mom and grandma keep doing it at home. Why? It's quick, easy, and VERY tasty and flavorful. Try it and you'll understand.

Ingredient Notes

Before I share the satsebeli recipe, I think I have to talk about some ingredients that you might not have heard of before.

First of all, don't be afraid of the names, and don't cross out this recipe if you haven't ever heard of khmeli suneli and adjika.

  • Adjika is a traditional ingredient in the Caucasus chili pasta sauce (attention: VERY HOT!). It is often used by itself as a dipping sauce or as a sauce for meat or pasta, but it is also an important ingredient for a satsebeli sauce.
  • Khmeli suneli, as I said before, is a traditional Georgian mixture of spicy herbs. It is used in a variety of recipes (I'll be writing more of them in the future, so stay tuned) and gives great flavor to the dishes.

Both adjika and khmeli suneli can be bought in your local Armenian, Russian, European, or Middle Eastern deli store, or even on Amazon.

How to Make Your Own Khmeli Suneli

You can also head to any supermarket, stock up on the necessary spices and make khmeli suneli yourself. It only takes a couple of minutes to make.

Mix the following ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of dried marjoram (or oregano if you can't find marjoram)
  • 2 tablespoons of dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons of dried summer savory
  • 2 tablespoons of dried mint
  • 2 tablespoons of dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of coriander seed
  • 1 tablespoons of dried fenugreek leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of dried ground marigold petals
  • 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
  • 2 crushed bay leaves

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 1 pound (500 grams) of sauce


  • 7 ounces (200 grams) of tomato paste
  • 2 bunches of cilantro
  • 4 to 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of khmeli suneli (this is a traditional Georgian spicy herbs mixture), store-bought or homemade (see above)
  • 7 ounces (200 grams) of water
  • 1 teaspoon of adjika chili paste


  1. Cut cilantro into small pieces. Don't use a blender; it's better to do everything by hand. Do you think there are too many greens? No. That's how it should be.
  2. Add squeezed garlic, one full tablespoon of khmeli suneli, vinegar, pepper and adjika. Don't add too much adjika if you are not used to really hot and spicy food. Not all of us are from the Caucasus or Mexico. Also, keep in mind that real hotness and spiciness will appear a bit later.
  3. With a pestle, grind everything into a flavored paste. Now you know why we added vinegar, right? It helps to "wake up" all the aromas from the herbs and spices. Just smell it—do you feel it?
  4. Add tomato paste and mix everything.
  5. Add water to your desired consistency. The approximate ratio is 1:1.
  6. The sauce is ready. You can salt it if you feel like it. Pour it into a jar, cover with the lid, and keep it in the fridge (it can stay there for a week or more).

Photo Tutorial

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Cut cilantro.Add squeezed garlic, khmeli suneli, vinegar, pepper and adjika, and grind everything.Add tomato paste.Add water.Enjoy!
Cut cilantro.
Cut cilantro.
Add squeezed garlic, khmeli suneli, vinegar, pepper and adjika, and grind everything.
Add squeezed garlic, khmeli suneli, vinegar, pepper and adjika, and grind everything.
Add tomato paste.
Add tomato paste.
Add water.
Add water.
3.5 stars from 11 ratings of Satsebeli Sauce

Serve It Cold!

Enjoy the satsebeli sauce! You can serve it with everything: meat, cutlets, pasta, or just as a dipping sauce. There's only one important thing: Don't warm it! Satsebeli sauce should be served cold!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Spanish Food profile image

      Lena Durante 

      3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Perfect! I love to make a big batch of sauce at the beginning of the week and then use it for several dishes. I'll add this recipe to my rotation!

    • Shushanik profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Spanish Food, I eat it with everything you can put sauce in - pasta, potatoes, any kind of meat, just with bread as a dipping sauce...

    • Spanish Food profile image

      Lena Durante 

      3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I'm so glad I came across this recipe. It looks right up my alley. Are there any other foods do you traditionally eat satsebeli with, besides shish kebobs?

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe , it was great!

    • Shushanik profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Yeah. I still love those days of "sauce making" by my mom and grandma :) Will be posting more sauces from the Caucasus in the future...

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Mmmm, this sure does sound like one heck of a tasty sauce! I really need to stop buying stuff from jars. This is so easy to make, and I bet it tastes loads better!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)