Tzatziki sauce Recipe (Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce)

Tzatziki sauce Recipe (Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce)

The perfect Greek tzatziki sauce recipe! Tzatziki sauce, is a traditional Greek dip, that is known and loved around the world. Cool and creamy; the ideal match for that super tasty souvlaki or grilled meat. Most tzatziki sauce recipes outside Greece call for the use of chopped dill or mint. However, for the traditional Greek tzatziki sauce recipe it is rarely, if ever, used! In Cyprus tzatziki is called Talatouri, and is made with fresh or dry mint, and lemon juice instead of vinegar.

Greek tzatziki sauce recipe – Tips to achieve the perfect texture

Greek tzatziki is a classic yogurt, garlic and cucumber sauce. It sounds very simple but in order to achieve the perfect texture you have to pay attention to the details! The main ingredients for this traditional Greek tzatziki sauce recipe are plenty of garlic and extra creamy thick yogurt. A great Tzatziki sauce is all about the garlic. If you are not afraid of the smell use a little extra… Your tastebuds will thank you! But make sure to use it minced or grated, as you don’t want your tzatziki sauce to be lumpy. For perfect texture use Greek strained yogurt, as it is smoother and creamier than other yogurts and make sure you use it cold. Probably the most important part when making a Greek tzatziki sauce recipe is how you will prepare the cucumber. You need to use seedless cucumber or if you are using a seeded one, you will want to remove the seeds. Cucumber seeds bring along a little too much moisture in the tzatziki sauce and their texture is not what we are looking for. Grate the cucumber, using the large holes of the grater and dry it really well. We want to remove as much of the moisture of the pulp as possible, so that the tzatziki sauce can remain creamy. Enjoy this authentic Greek tzatziki sauce recipe with a juicy souvlaki or with some warm pita breads!

Τzatziki sauce recipe – How to video

We love this recipe so much that we made a short video showing you how to make it to perfection. Check it out below and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more delicious quick recipes here:

Oh and you can always read this delicious recipe in Greek here Τζατζίκι συνταγή (Εύκολο σπιτικό τζατζίκι με σκόρδο).


  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 of a cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 500g strained Greek yogurt (18 ounces)
  • 1-2 tbsps of red wine vinegar
  • a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. To prepare this traditional Greek tzatziki sauce recipe, remove the skin and the seeds of the cucumber and grate it into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and leave aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Wrap the grated cucumber in a towel and squeeze, in order to get rid of the excess water.
  3. Assemble the tzatziki sauce. In a bowl, add the cucumber, the minced garlic and olive oil, the yogurt, 1-2 tbsps of red wine vinegar, a pinch of salt and blend, until the ingredients are combined. Store the tzatziki sauce in the fridge and always serve cold. (Alternatively, if you have a blender, pour in the olive oil and garlic and blend until combined. Then mix with the rest of the ingredients using a spoon. This will help the garlic to mix better with the rest of the ingredients).
  4. Prepare this traditional tzatziki sauce for your friends and family and serve as a delicious dip with some warm pita breads aside, or as a sauce for Greek-style souvlaki. Enjoy!

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  9. Anita Vlaminck says:

    finally an authentic greek recipe indeed to make tzaziki dip, you have no idea how many people have called me crazy for grinding the cucumber instead of chopping it up so i’m happy that once again i am proved right so thank you!!!!!

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  12. I just came back from Greece with a package of tzatziki mix. I followed the instructions and it doesn’t taste like the original! I muc their mic, used Greek yogurt, their olive oil… What do you think is missing!?

    • when you make tzaziki just grate your pealed cucumber, squize to get rid of reduntant fluid, add a bit of pepper, olive oil, grated garlic (you can use garlic powder or paste too), greek yogurt and mix it all, then finally add about a teaspoon of red wine vinegar, that is how my mom taught me how to make it and she is married to a greek person
      do not buy the mix cos it ain’t the same and never will

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  14. Amazing! Thanks!

  15. Just returned from Creta, made this dish with Greek olive oil from my friends olive grove. Vinegar from my other friend in Erraklion , bought the strained Yogurt from Waitrose, grated and squeezed the cucumber in a cloth. Mixed it all up, just fantastic.

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