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    Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

    Published August 18, 2021. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This creamy and tangy homemade tzatziki sauce recipe is the perfect condiment for all of your tasty Greek recipes.

    We are bigtime sauce fans in our house as it so often has the opportunity to greatly enhance the flavor of a dish.  Up your sauce recipe game by trying out my BBQ sauce, tahini sauce, or beurre blanc.

    jar of homemade tzatziki sauce

    Tzatziki

    Tzatziki, pronounced tuh-zee-kee, is a classic Greek yogurt-based condiment served up with grilled proteins or vegetables, especially souvlaki.  It’s very common to serve it up in gyro sandwiches as well.  The word tzatziki is actually Turkish deriving from the word cacik and the recipe has been slightly altered over time.

    Here are the basic ingredients you will find in the present era:

    • Yogurt – Full fat strained Greek yogurt is used.
    • Cucumbers – Peeled, shredded, salted, and drained cucumbers for this recipe.
    • Garlic – Finely minced garlic clove is to be used, not powder.
    • Olive Oil – A good extra virgin olive oil is preferred.
    • Lemon – In addition to lemon juice, you can also add red wine vinegar.
    • Herbs – It is common to use fresh dill or mint, or a combination of both.

    How to Make Tzatziki Sauce from Scratch

    Use these easy-to-follow instructions for making this delicious tzatziki sauce from scratch:

    Peeled, seed, and shred a cucumber.

    shredding a peeled cucumber

    Place the shredded cucumbers into a colander in a bowl and salt to help drain off some of the moisture, which takes about 10 minutes.

    salting shredded cucumber in a strainer

    Squeeze the cucumber shreds with your hands getting off as much excess water as possible and add it to the bowl with the other ingredients.

    squeezing water from cucumbers

    Mix until completely with yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper to a medium-size mixing bowl

    whisking together tzatziki ingredients in a bowl

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this up to 1 day ahead of time.

    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  This will not freeze well.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • If you are using a non-Greek yogurt, make sure to strain it to get as much moisture out as possible.
    • You can also add finely chopped parsley to the sauce to help add flavor and color to the tzatziki. 
    • It is preferable to use fresh herbs over dry in this recipe.
    bowl of tzatziki with olive oil and lemon

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    Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

    5 from 2 votes
    This creamy and tangy homemade tzatziki sauce recipe is the perfect condiment for all of your tasty Greek recipes.
    Servings: 12
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • ½ peeled, seeded, and shredded cucumber
    • 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
    • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 finely minced garlic clove
    • juice of ½ lemon
    • 1 ½ teaspoons finely minced fresh dill
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Place the cucumber shreds in a colander in a bowl and season with about a ½ teaspoon of salt and mix it until combined.
    • Let the moisture from the cumbers drain into the bowl for about 10 minutes.
    • Squeeze the cucumber shreds to get off as much extra moisture as possible and then add it to a separate medium-size bowl along with the remaining recipe ingredients.
    • Whisk until it is well combined, cover, and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    Make-Ahead: You can make this up to 1 day ahead of time.
    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This will not freeze well.
    If you are using a non-Greek yogurt, make sure to strain it to get as much moisture out as possible.
    You can also add finely chopped parsley to the sauce as well.
    It is preferable to use fresh herbs over dry in this recipe.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 7mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
    Course: sauce
    Cuisine: Greek