When we think about a Greek staple that goes with almost anything, Tzatziki Sauce is it! We wanted to share this recipe with you, because it pairs well with so many dishes.
Tzatziki Sauce is a versatile yogurt based sauce, flavored with ingredients that include cucumber, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice. It’s incredibly easy to prepare and is best when prepared in advance and refrigerated for a few hours before serving. Tzatziki Sauce goes well with all types of meat – chicken, beef, pork and lamb. One of the best ways to serve it is with grilled meat. You can also serve it with fresh vegetables, pita chips, or as an accompaniment for other dishes. One of the most popular ways to eat tzatziki sauce is with gyros. Try it with the following recipes:
- Chicken Gyros
- Greek Burger With Tzatziki Sauce
- Greek Style Layered Dip
- Pork Souvlaki
- Zuchinni Fritters – Kolokithokeftedes
HOW TO MAKE TZATZIKI SAUCE
- Grate the unpeeled cucumber.
- Place the grated cucumber into a cheesecloth, and squeeze the excess water out.
- Place the grated cucumber in a bowl with the yogurt, garlic, olive oil, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir until all ingredients are combined well.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE WHOLE GREEK YOGURT FOR SOMETHING ELSE?
While we believe that whole Greek yogurt tastes the best with Tzatziki Sauce, we have also made it with 2% Greek yogurt, and even sour cream for a slightly different twist.
SHOULD I PREPARE THE TZATZIKI SAUCE IN ADVANCE?
We recommend preparing the sauce in advance. It will be more flavorful after allowing it to refrigerate overnight or for at least 4-5 hours before serving.
CAN I USE DRIED HERBS IF I DON’T HAVE FRESH?
Good quality dried herbs are a fine substitute for fresh herbs. For this recipe, we used dried dill. If you prefer to use fresh dill, a general rule of thumb is to use 3 times the amount of fresh to dried. For example, 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh dill is equal to 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill.
HOW LONG DOES TZATZIKI KEEP IN THE FRIDGE?
If stored in an airtight container, this sauce will last up to 3 days.
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt whole
- 1/3 english cucumber unpeeled
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp dill dried
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Grate the cucumber into a bowl.
- Place the grated cucumber into a cheesecloth, and squeeze out all the excess water.
- Place the drained cucumber into a bowl with the yogurt, garlic, dill, lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. Combine thoroughly.
- Refrigerate the Tzatziki Sauce overnight or for at least 4-5 hours before serving.