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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 this easy authentic recipe that is made with only a few ingredients and taste so delicious.

A slate grey bowl of Tzatziki, with to black olives and a sprig of thyme on a white dishtowel. There\'s a white plate of tortillas and a weck jar of greek salad in the background.

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 know how it should taste and that can be a problem!

The Greek dish I probably love the most is Tzatziki! 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 Greek 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.

Close-up of a slate grey bowl of Tzatziki, with to black olives and a sprig of thyme with a wooden spoon in it on a white dishtowel. There\'s a white plate of tortillas and a weck jar of greek salad in the background.

What is Tzatziki Sauce made of?

Authentic Greeks Tzatziki 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?

It 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

The sauce 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.

A white bowl greek style tacos, filled with greek style pulled pork, salad and tzatziki. There\'s a white plate of tortillas and a can of Arizona ice tea in the background.

Can you eat tzatziki dip when pregnant?

It 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.

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Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Easy authentic Tzatziki Sauce Recipe - this greek yogurt cucumber dip tastes great with grilled meat or fish and is so easy to make at home. You only need a few simple ingredients to make this famous and refreshing Greek condiment.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 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 for 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.


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 196mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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