Last updated on October 10th, 2017
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe – this greek yogurt cucumber dip tastes great with grilled meat or fish! You never want to buy Tzatziki at the store again after trying my easy authentic tzatziki recipe.
I’m a big fan of the Mediterranean cuisine! I love things like Spaghetti alla Carbonara or Greek Salad. And especially Italian gelato! After visiting all those countries many times on holiday, I think I’m a bit spoiled. If you’ve ever tasted authentic Pizza in Italy or Gyros with Tzatziki in Greece, you know what I mean! You can’t go back, you know how it should taste and that can be a problem!
The Greek dish I probably love the most is Tzatziki Sauce! It tastes so good! I could lick out the bowl every time we make it. It’s a really refreshing sauce which tastes great with bread, vegetables, meat, and fish – perfect for summer BBQs.
Every supermarket here sells it but it doesn’t taste as good as in Greece. It’s often watery and not made with real Greek yogurt. So I make my own Tzatziki. It’s really easy to make with simple ingredients and I guarantee you it’s the most authentic recipe for tzatziki sauce! It’s always a hit when I serve it at parties or family dinners.
What is Tzatziki Sauce made of?
Tzatziki Sauce is made from a few simple ingredients: Greek Yoghurt, grated cucumber, olive oil, vinegar, salt, garlic, and a little bit fresh dill.
How to Make Tzatziki Sauce at Home
For a real gyro sauce recipe, you need real full-fat Greek yogurt like Fage Total. Don’t use the 0% or 2% kind! Tzatziki is a healthy dip even if you use full-fat yogurt. 1 cup of full-fat Fage Total has 220 calories which is quite reasonable in my opinion.
You also need a cucumber. The cucumber makes the tzatziki sauce so refreshing! But to prevent the sauce from getting watery you need to get rid of the excess water. After grating the cucumber (no need to de-seed it), put it into a fine-mesh sieve, salt it, and let the water drop-off until the cucumber is well-drained.
There is no need to add any herbs to your tzatziki but you can add a little bit of dill if you want. I’m not a big fan of dill so I didn’t add any!
What can Tzatziki be served with?
Tzaziki tastes great with grilled meat or fish but you can also serve it as an appetizer with bread! Or eat it with a spoon 🙂 Last week I made some delicious Greek-style Tacos with Pulled Pork Gyros, Greek Salsa, and Tzatziki and I have to say these were probably one of the best tacos I ever had in my life! We had them 3 days in a row and I could eat them today, too!
How long will Tzatziki Sauce last
Tzatziki tastes best the day it is made but you can keep leftovers in the fridge for up to two days. I wouldn’t store it longer because it tends to get watery.
Can you eat tzatziki dip when pregnant?
Tzatziki is safe to eat during pregnancy. Don’t let it sit out for too long so you know there hasn’t been time for bacteria to develop and wash any herbs you add thoroughly.
Looking for more Mediterranean Recipes?
- Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing
- Tomato Feta Stuffed French Bread
- 15-minute Spaghetti alla Carbonara
- 20-minute Greek Couscous Salad
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Easy authentic Tzatziki Sauce Recipe - this greek yogurt cucumber dip tastes great with grilled meat or fish!
- 1/2 English cucumber unpeeled
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt e.g. Fage Total Plain
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- fresh dill finely chopped (optional)
- Grate the cucumber coarsely, sprinkle with salt, mix, and drain through a fine mesh sieve about 30 minutes. Use a spoon to squeeze out some more liquid.
Combine the greek yogurt, grated cucumber, minced garlic, olive oil, and white vinegar in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add a little bit of dill if you like it. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.