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Authentic Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes
Creamy Greek delight: Authentic homemade tzatziki sauce!🥒💫
Prep Time :5 minutes
Refrigeration Time :30 minutes
Total Time :35 minutes
Servings: 4



  • 2 cups/473 milliliters plain yogurt
  • ½ cup/118 milliliters cucumbers, grated
  • 1 tablespoon dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • A pinch of coarse salt
  • A pinch of ground black pepper


  • Combine the yogurt, grated cucumbers, chopped dill, mint, thyme, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, and crushed garlic in a bowl and whisk.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning by adding salt and black pepper as needed. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.


Before serving, stir the sauce and drizzle some extra olive oil on top for a finishing touch.


homemade tzatziki sauce recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

Why does tzatziki get watery?

Tzatziki can become watery due to the presence of cucumbers. Cucumbers have a high water content, and when they are grated and mixed with yogurt, they release moisture over time. To minimize this, you can try using strained yogurt or squeeze out excess moisture from the grated cucumbers before mixing. Additionally, storing tzatziki properly in the refrigerator and stirring it before serving can help maintain its consistency.

is homemade tzatziki sauce healthy?

Tzatziki is considered a healthy condiment due to its nutritious ingredients. The primary base of tzatziki is yogurt, which is rich in protein, calcium, and probiotics beneficial for gut health. Cucumbers, a key ingredient, provide hydration, vitamins, and minerals. Garlic, often used in tzatziki, contains antioxidants and potential immune-boosting properties. Fresh herbs like dill and mint contribute essential vitamins and antioxidants. Olive oil, another component, offers healthy monounsaturated fats. With minimal added sugars and low calorie content, tzatziki can be a guilt-free addition to meals. Its wholesome ingredients contribute to a balanced diet, making it a healthier alternative to many other creamy sauces and dips.

homemade tzatziki sauce recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

How long does homemade tzatziki sauce last in refrigerator?

Tzatziki typically lasts for about 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator when stored properly in an airtight container. As tzatziki contains yogurt and fresh ingredients like cucumbers and herbs, its shelf life is shorter compared to other processed condiments. To ensure its safety and quality, it’s best to consume tzatziki within this time frame and discard any leftovers beyond that period. Always use your senses and look for signs of spoilage before consuming. If in doubt, it’s safer to discard it.

homemade tzatziki sauce recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

What do you eat with homemade tzatziki sauce?

Tzatziki, a creamy and tangy Greek yogurt-based sauce, is a versatile condiment that pairs perfectly with various dishes. Its cool and refreshing taste complements grilled meats such as chicken, lamb, and beef, adding a delightful contrast to their savory flavors. Tzatziki is a staple in Greek cuisine and is often served with gyros, a popular street food made with seasoned meat and pita bread. It also enhances the taste of falafel sandwiches and Mediterranean-style wraps, providing a luscious element to the crispy falafel and fresh vegetables. Additionally, tzatziki can be served as a dip for pita bread, vegetables, and even as a flavorful salad dressing.

homemade tzatziki sauce recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen

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