Zacuscă (Romanian pronunciation: [zaˈkuskə]) is a vegetable spread popular in Romania and Moldova. Similar spreads are found in other countries in the Balkan region, and bordering regions.

Zacuscă on bread
Alternative namesZacușă
Place of originRomania
Region or stateSoutheastern Europe
Main ingredientsEggplants or cooked beans, roasted red peppers (gogoşari cultivar)


The main ingredients are roasted eggplant, sauteed onions, tomato paste, and roasted "Round of Hungary" or "Paprika Pepper" pepper (Romanian pepper called gogoșari).[1][2] Some add mushrooms, carrots, or celery. Bay leaves are added as spice, as well as other ingredients (oil, salt, and pepper). Traditionally, a family will cook a large quantity of it after the fall harvest and preserve it through canning.


Zacuscă can be eaten as a relish or spread, typically on bread. It is said to improve in taste after some months of maturing but must be used within days of opening. Although traditionally prepared at home, it is also commercially available. Some Bulgarian and Middle Eastern brands are available in the United States. In the Orthodox Christian majority countries, it is sometimes eaten during fasting seasons due to the absence of meat, eggs or dairy products.[3]


The word zacuscă is of Slavic origin which means simply "appetizer", "breakfast" or "snack"[1] (see zakuska)

See also


  1. Zacusca on DEX Online Dictionary
  2. Basic zacuscă recipe.
  3. Byrd, Melanie (2 December 2020). Cooking Through History: A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Food with Menus and Recipes. ISBN 9781610694551.
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