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How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce is an easy recipe to make at home to elevate any dish it graces. Once you start making this sauce, it will become a welcome addition to your family’s table.

Making your own homemade sauces will save you money and they even taste better than store-bought versions. Try my Dill Sauce for Salmon or Homemade Cocktail Sauce Recipe too!

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What is tzatziki sauce?

Tzatziki is a sauce is a combination of yogurt, sour cream, grated cucumber, vinegar, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

The fresh herbs used in tzatziki are usually either dill or mint. You can use either one or a combination of both.

Most people know it as the topping of gyros, but it is so much more. You can use homemade tzatziki sauce as a dip, spread on sandwiches, or sauce.

How do you pronounce tzatziki sauce?

If you’re going to make tzatziki sauce, you should know how to pronounce it. Here’s a recording that gives the proper pronunciation.

Please Note: This recipe makes 3 cups of tzatziki sauce.

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I adapted this recipe from Ina Garten.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce:

Ingredients for Tzatziki Sauce

14 ounces Greek yogurt (2 7-ounce Greek yogurt containers)

1/4 cup sour cream

1 English cucumber, seeds and unpeeled

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground

Directions for Making Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Add the Greek yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, fresh dill, garlic, salt, and pepper to a medium-sized bowl. Stir until blended.
  2. Grate the English cucumber on a box grater. Squeeze the grated cucumber with your fingers to remove some of the liquid.
  3. Fold the grated English cucumber into the yogurt mixture and stir until blended. Serve cold.

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Yield: 3 cups

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce - in a white bowl on top of blue and white striped dishcloth

How to make tzatziki sauce is an easy recipe you can make at home that will elevate any dish it graces. It's one of those sauces that goes with everything. Sandwiches, grilled meat, and gyros all taste better with a dollop of tzatziki sauce on top.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and unpeeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground

Instructions

  1. Add the plain Greek yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, fresh dill, garlic, salt, and pepper to a medium-sized bowl. Stir until blended.
  2. Grate the English cucumber on a box grater. Squeeze the grated cucumber with your fingers to remove some of the liquid.
  3. Fold the grated English cucumber into the Greek yogurt mixture until well-blended. Serve cold.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12 servings

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 33Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 4mgSodium 366mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 4g

Tips for How to Make Tzatziki Sauce:

  1. You can substitute one teaspoon of dried dill for fresh dill in this recipe.
  2. For the best results for this recipe, use a good quality organic yogurt.
  3. If you prefer a thinner mixture, substitute regular plain yogurt for Greek yogurt.
  4. Be sure not to skip squeezing the grated cucumber because it can water down your tzatziki if you skip this step.
  5. You can substitute a regular cucumber for an English cucumber. Just make sure to remove all the seeds.

How long does tzatziki sauce keep in the refrigerator?

Leftover tzatziki sauce will last approximately 3-5 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container.

Can you freeze tzatziki sauce?

Dairy products don’t freeze well. After you freeze the mixture, it ends up separating and tastes grainy. I don’t recommend freezing tzatziki sauce.

What goes great with homemade tzatziki sauce?

Gyros & Falafel

Falafel topped with homemade tzatziki sauce on a wooden cutting board

You knew this would be one of the answers. Try different types of meat in your homemade gyros for variety.

Pita chips & pita bread

Bowl of easy tzatziki sauce topped with a drizzle of olive oil with pita bread on the side.

Tzatziki makes an amazing dip for pita chips and pita bread.

Fresh Vegetables

Fresh cut up vegetables with a bowl of fresh tzatziki sauce and slices of pita bread.

Freshly cut vegetables go hand-in-hand with homemade tzatziki sauce. For your next gathering, hollow out a red pepper and use it as a bowl for the tzatziki dip.

Baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, radishes, and sweet peppers are just some of the raw vegetables you can dip into tzatziki sauce.

Grilled Meats

Summer is grilling season and tzatziki sauce is the cool companion that everyone loves.

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