How To Make Tzatziki Sauce

How To Make Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce is a light and refreshing sauce made from yogurt, cucumber, and a few other ingredients. It is commonly found in Greek cuisine but variations of the sauce are found in other cultures as well. Making Tzatziki is super easy and you’ll love having it on hand. It’s versatile and useful in so many different recipes.

Bowl of tzatziki sauce with grated cucumber and text overlay

What You’ll Need for this Recipe:

  • Cucumber – grated and the moisture squeezed out. I like to use a box grater and then a towel to squeeze out the liquid.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Dill
  • Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
Greek Yogurt, cucumber, lemon, and dill in bowls

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce:

  1. Grate the Cucumber. Wash the cucumber then grate using the large holes of a box grater. You do not need to peel or seed the cucumber first. Just grate it.
  2. Squeeze Moisture. Place grated cucumber in a colander and press out the excess moisture. You can also do handfuls at a time.
  3. Mix the Sauce. In a medium bowl mix all ingredients together, including the grated cucumber. Taste and adjust the salt, lemon juice, and dill. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld.
  4. Serve. Serve immediately or store in the fridge. Before serving, I like to give a drizzle of olive oil.

Tips and FAQs!

How long does it last?

Leftover sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Why does the cucumber moisture need to be removed?

Squeezing out the extra moisture and liquid from the grated cucumber is very important. If you skip this step, the cucumber will water down the yogurt sauce too much.

What should I serve it with?

Tzatziki is great served with so many things!

  • As a veggie dip
  • With pita chips or wedges of pita
  • Gyro or Gyro Salad
  • With Grilled Meat and Vegetables
  • As a Sandwich Spread
Hand dipping pita chip in tzatziki sauce
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Tzatziki Sauce with grated cucumber

Tzatziki Sauce


  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This easy recipe teaches you how to make Tzatziki, a classic Greek sauce made from yogurt and cucumber. Light, refreshing, and great as a dip with veggies and pita or drizzled on grilled meat and vegetables.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 lb cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Olive Oil, optional

Instructions

  1. Grate the Cucumber. Wash the cucumber then grate using the large holes of a box grater. You do not need to peel or seed the cucumber first. Just grate it.
  2. Squeeze Moisture. Place grated cucumber in a colander and press out the excess moisture. You can also do handfuls at a time.
  3. Mix the Sauce. In a medium bowl mix all ingredients together, including the grated cucumber. Taste and adjust the salt, lemon juice, and dill. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld.
  4. Serve. Serve immediately or store in the fridge. Before serving, I like to give a drizzle of olive oil.

Notes

Leftovers: Tzatziki Sauce can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Greek

Keywords: Tzatziki Sauce, Yogurt Cucumber Sauce, Gyro Sauce, Greek Tzatziki Sauce



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