Tzatziki Sauce

For the last couple of weeks I have had a real craving for my homemade gyros on the grill. It is probably due to the reality that winter is on its way and my grill will soon be covered with snow, and that my friends is pretty sad. But the truth be told, I have just been too busy with work to even think about getting the grill going and cooking this delicious homemade gyro, and trust me, it is darn good. As I struggled with that reality, I did know that I could come up with some side dishes and make my own Greek dinner, of which assisted me in my cravings for that gyro.

One of my all-time favorite sauces is tzatziki sauce. Say that four times. If you have never had tzatziki sauce, it is a must try. Cool and clean flavors make this sauce a perfect side that goes especially well with pita bread, or leftover rotisserie chicken.

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

The sauce is so simple to make and only requires a few ingredients.

Lets get started.


  • 12 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Begin by adding the yogurt to a small mixing bowl. A couple of important parts are that you want the garlic in the form of a paste if you can. I use a microplane grater to get a nice fine grate on the garlic. Add this to the the mixing bowl. Next, get your cucumber ready. Your goal here is to get as much moisture out of the cucumber as possible. There are a couple of ways to do this; one is to add the diced cucumber to a clean towel, completely cover it, and use your super human strength to squeeze out all of the moisture, or place it in the palm of your clean hand, and squeeze out as much water as you possibly can. Now, add to the mixing bowl. Add in the remaining ingredients, mix well, and place in a a small container with lid.

Place the mixture in the refrigerator overnight. Much like a good flavored piece of meat, I think the sauce is much better as it gives the yogurt enough time to get all of those delicious flavors.

Now you are ready to serve. As noted, the tzatziki sauce goes great with grilled lamb, however is also great with simple cut up vegetables and pita bread. Give it a shot, and let me know what you think. In the meantime, I will continue to think about gyros on the grill and prepare to hibernate in the coming weeks.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

6 thoughts to “Tzatziki Sauce”

  1. This stuff is really great for almost anything. I use it in
    sandwich wraps with shaved chicken and fresh green pepperand it is
    amazing! I also use it as a dip, to stuff cherry peppers or
    tomatoes for a quick appetizer, or as a salad dressing. Two quick
    pointers – regular yogurt can be used if it is drained. Place a
    coffee filter in a strainer, add the yogurt, place over a bowl, and
    let sit several hours until it is the consistency of soft cream
    cheese. Another way to get the liquid from the cucumbers (if you
    don’t possess brute strength) is to shred the cukes, toss with salt
    and let them drain a few hours in a strainer as well. After they
    are drained, rinse to remove the salt, and dry in a paper towel.
    Don’t use salt in the recipe, until you taste it as a tiny bit of
    residual salt may remain.

  2. thanks for all the lovely middle eastern recipes! I bought a big bottle of harissa, now please tell me of some recipes that use lots of it?

  3. You should add DILL! When i make it, that is an ingredient I cannot forget. You can also substitute dill for green onion or parsley, tzatziki always needs some kind of herb! But go for the dill 😉

    1. Hi Lauren, I know I should have used dill, unfortunately I did not have any fresh dill on hand, so I went with simple cucumber and garlic. In the summer months I grow fresh herbs where I often use mint or dill. Thanks again.

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