This homemade Tzatziki Sauce is easy to make and tastes amazing! You only need a few ingredients to make an authentic Greek yogurt sauce with cucumbers.
This Easy Tzatziki Is One Of My Favorite Homemade Sauces
Everyone loves Tzatziki, but they don’t realize how easy it is to make at home! Homemade sauces are a favorite of mine because they give that extra touch to a dish. A few others you may want to check out are my favorite steak sauce, enchilada sauce and honey mustard!
One of the best things about Tzatziki is that it is more than a dip. It can also be used as a healthy alternative to mayonnaise or ranch dressing for sandwiches and wraps Once you learn how to make Tzatziki, you will want to have it around all the time. It’s so good!
What Is Tzatziki Sauce?
Tzatziki sauce is a creamy yogurt sauce from Greece. Traditionally it’s made with goat’s milk or sheep’s milk, but in the US Greek yogurt is the go-to substitute.
“Tzatziki” is often misspelled as tzatiki sauce, taziki sauce, tzaziki recipe, tzatsiki, tatsiki and tatziki. So you see any of those variations, they are all likely referring to the same thing.
For this recipe, Greek yogurt, cucumber, fresh lemon juice, dill and garlic come together to make a thick sauce that pairs perfectly with just about anything. It’s served chilled, so it’s kept refrigerated until it is time to use it.
The best way for an English speaker to pronounce tzatziki is “tsah-see-key.” Emphasize the “tsah” part and pronounce it like the end of the word “pizza.” You can hear the pronunciation here.
Tzatziki only requires a handful of ingredients. I love how you can combine such simple things and make something so dang delicious.
Here’s what you need to make this Tzatziki sauce:
- Cucumber – No need to peel since it will be grated before adding to the sauce. Be sure to drain it well.
- Full-fat Greek yogurt – You can also use low fat, but I find that full fat yogurt adds more body to the dip.
- Garlic cloves – Mince them finely.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Salt – I recommend using Kosher salt.
How To Make Tzatziki Sauce
The most important part of making Tzatziki is that your cucumber is well drained. If it isn’t, your sauce will be too watery.
Here’s how to make the best cucumber dip:
- Grate and drain the cucumber. Use a box grater or food processor to finely grate the whole cucumber. Drain the shredded cucumber with a piece of cheesecloth, or a tea towel.
- Add remaining ingredients. Combine the shredded and drained cucumber with Greek yogurt, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, dill and salt in a large bowl and mix together.
- Chill. Cover and refrigerate the sauce overnight, or for at least 2 hours.
- Serve! This sauce is served chilled.
What Do You Eat Tzatziki With?
Tzatziki is traditionally served as a spread with gyros, or as a dipping sauce for pita bread or kabobs. But the great thin g about Tzatziki is that you can use it for other things and it isn’t limited to Greek cuisine.
Here are some other ways you can use Tzatziki sauce:
- As a vegetable dip: Serve it with toasted pita chips, raw veggies, cheese, crackers.
- In sandwiches: Instead of mayo (or in addition to!), or inside a falafel sandwich made with pita bread. On top of Chicken Gyros is a classic combo!
- Drizzled over grilled veggies & cooked meats: I love using it with chicken souvlaki and baked chicken.
- Flavor enhancer: You can use it to flavor just about any kind of meat. I have also been known to use it with baked potatoes!
What is your favorite way to use tzatziki?
How To Store Homemade Tzatziki
Store your prepared Tzatziki dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You may notice a little separation after a day or two in the refrigerator. If you do, give the sauce a good stir and it should even itself out.
I don’t recommend freezing cucumber sauce for later use. In my experience the sauce does not freeze well, because the cucumbers tend to get mushy from freezing and thawing. However, if you really want to, yes you can freeze it. It will not go bad by any means, but it will just not have the same preferred texture.
More Tips For the Best Tzatziki
Can I Make Tzatziki Ahead Of Time?
Yes! Tzatziki can be made and kept refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Making it ahead of time also gives it the opportunity for all the flavors of the Tzatziki to blend together perfectly.
Do I Have To Peel The Cucumber?
You don’t have to. This is a personal preference. You can leave the peel on to get some more nutrients and fiber in the sauce, but some people find the texture of the peel to be too much with the creamy Tzatziki.
Is Tzatziki Sauce Good For You?
Yes! With cucumbers and Greek yogurt as the main ingredients, Tzatziki sauce is packed with protein, calcium, and B vitamins. The yogurt also contains probiotics which will also help your digestive system.
I know you are going to love this Tzatziki sauce, because it is healthy, full of flavor and has so many uses. We have been making this recipe for years in my family and I am excited to share it. Ever since we found the huge Greek community here in Florida, I have been working on making Greek food at home that is as good as theirs!
Let me know what you think of this amazing Tzatziki sauce by leaving me a review or comment below!
- 1 large cucumber, unpeeled
- 2 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Using a box grater or food processor, grate the whole cucumber and use cheesecloth (or a tea towel) to squeeze out the extra liquid in the shredded cucumber.
- Combine the shredded and drained cucumber, yogurt, garlic, olive ol, lemon juice and salt together in a large bowl.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 2 hours.
- Serve chilled with pita bread, vegetables, or gyros. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 292mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g
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