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Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe on @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

When my Chief Culinary Consultant lived outside of Washington, D.C., his apartment was within walking distance of umpteen restaurants, which we took advantage of regularly. One of my favorite places to grab food before we settled in to watch an afternoon football or hockey game was Moby Dick House of Kabob. We ordered the same thing every time – gyros and a platter of hummus and pita. We’d bring it back to my CCC’s apartment, spread it out on the coffee table and enjoy while we watched a game. Ever since he moved back to Pittsburgh two years ago, I’ve craved gyros. There are some places around downtown that I’m sure have some good ones, but none where either of us lived. Once we bought our house in May, I discovered that there was a gyro place about five minutes away… and they are good! Gyros are officially back in my life.

Even though I can get them readily again, I have long wanted to try my hand at making gyros at home. I finally made it happen, and as everyone knows, the first step to great gyros is great tzatziki sauce.

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe on @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

This sauce is incredibly easy to make, and the key is to make sure that the cucumber is salted and drained before being thoroughly dried and chopped fine. This ensures that the cucumber has had its water extracted before being mixed into the sauce. If you skip this step, the sauce will become watery. Once the cucumber is taken care of, the rest of the sauce is simply mixed together, with classic ingredients of Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and dill. (This is a fabulous recipe to use that homemade Greek yogurt we whipped up a few weeks ago!)

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe on @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

This tastes best when it’s been refrigerated for at least an hour or two so that the flavors have a chance to meld together, but I dug in immediately; no harm, no foul :)

Stay tuned, because tomorrow we’re making gyros!

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe on @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

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Tzatziki Sauce

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

An easy recipe for tzatziki sauce - Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce.

Ingredients:

1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and cut into large chunks
1½ teaspoons kosher salt (for draining cucumber)
1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
1 small clove garlic, grated
4½ teaspoons lemon juice
1½ teaspoons chopped fresh dill

Directions:

1. Place the cucumber in a colander in the sink and sprinkle with the kosher salt. Let sit and drain for 30 minutes. Dry thoroughly with paper towels, then chop very finely.

2. Combine the finely chopped cucumber with the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and dill. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. The sauce can be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days.

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33 Responses to “Tzatziki Sauce”

  1. Pieliekamais on September 23, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Oh, this is a very popular dip in Sweden. :) We just never put dill in it.

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  2. Becca from ItsYummi.com on September 23, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I’m one of those people that could eat this stuff straight from the spoon. LOVE it!

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  3. Valerie C on September 23, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Tell your CCC he’s SPOT ON with Moby Dick! My parents lived in Georgetown for 18 years and that was our FAVORITE carry out when we visited. Now, I work in Silver Spring with a Moby Dick within walking distance! Can’t wait to try this recipe… AT HOME!!

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    • Esmee Whitaker on October 14th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Used to be a Moby Dick’s in McLean, Virginia as well!

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  4. Chris on September 23, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Yes Tzatziki is very tasty and good with gyros. You could also try Tzatziki with french fries, or fried zucchini.

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  5. Tieghan on September 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Mmm!!! I love tzatziki! It is the perfect thing to top any greek food with!

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  6. Cate @ Chez CateyLou on September 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I made tzatziki this weekend too!! I tried a trick from Ina Garten – you grate the cucumbers onto a kitchen towel and then wring out the moisture! Nice if you are in a rush. Yours looks so delicious, and I can’t wait to see your gyro recipe!

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    • Dawn on September 23rd, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Was just going to make the same comment. This is close to how my husband does it. He grates the cucumber (and always only buy the skinnier european-style cucumbers rather than the american ones – they have far less moisture and seeds in them), salts it, lets it drain (assuming you have time) and then does the “wring out” afterwards to get any last moisture out of it. Depending on what we’re using the tzatziki for, we’ll use mint in addition to or instead of dill.

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      • Dani on October 2nd, 2013 at 5:24 pm

        I grate and drain the cucumbers too! I was actually looking for some uses for the cucumber water that is drained off and that’s how I ended up here, in a round-about way. It always smells so delicious and I hate to waste it. I’m about to start a batch of tzatziki and tonight, I think I’ll try just drinking it!

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        • Julia on October 9th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

          We might could use the juice as a spritz on our face! That’s what I thought of!

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  7. Ermioni on September 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

    This is one of my favorite sauces! In Greece, you can’t have souvlaki without tzatziki you know!
    You could also add some good olive oil and 2-3 tablespoons of ouzo!
    Simple and great!

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  8. Silvia on September 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Is it ok to use Low Fat or Non Fat Plain Greek Yogurt??

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    • Michelle on September 23rd, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Silvia, Yes, I used low fat Greek yogurt.

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      • Nancy on October 21st, 2013 at 1:50 am

        Does it cause a problem if you leave out the lemon juice? I can’t have the acid.

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        • Michelle on October 22nd, 2013 at 6:12 pm

          Hi Nancy, It is a staple ingredient for flavor and texture purposes, I’m not sure how it would taste without it.

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  9. ByMichaela on September 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    cannot wait for the gyros tomorrow YUM!

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  10. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist on September 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    This sounds SO perfect. When I first moved to Memphis over a year ago, I was so sad because I couldn’t find good, real Greek food (hate to pull the Greek card here, but I’m Greek and want REAL Greek food). I tried a local place, and ordered their tzatziki plain to try it (a real test)…one mouthful of mayo later, I’m never going back there again.
    Yours has me dreaming of a real Greek restaurant. Simply divine.

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  11. Mary W. on September 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I love tzatziki as a salad dressing and on sliced tomatoes!

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  12. Bake Play Smile on September 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Oh I love tzatziki! My favourite is to have it with lavosh crackers, some cheese and a glass of white wine! Perfection!

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  13. June G. on September 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Mmmm! My Favorite! I could eat tzatziki on almost everything!

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  14. jean on September 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I also grate, salt and then use my ricer to get rid of any excess moisture. If I can I leave the cukes for at least 4 hours in a sieve, lined with a coffee filter if I decide to forgo the ricer.

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  15. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on September 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    This would be such a hit at a party, thanks for the future yums!

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  16. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on September 24, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I love that I have every ingredient on hand to make this right now!

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  17. Becca @ Crumbs on September 24, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Mmm I love tzatsiki, and all nice simple, healthy ingredients =)

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  18. Holiday Baker Man on September 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I didn’t know it was that easy!

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  19. Debra Rose on September 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I still have cucumbers to use from our garden. This is the perfect recipe. Yum!

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  20. Anna on October 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Hello,

    I really love your site. Your recipes are great and I love the dishes that I’ve made. However, I would like to mention that one of the basic ingredients of tzatziki that is not mentioned here is vinegar. Lemon juice is sour, but vinegar is what tzatziki really needs. That’s how we make it here in Greece.

    xxx :)
    Anna

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    • Mary on November 8th, 2013 at 9:15 am

      What kind of vinegar and how much? Would you replace vinegar for the same amount that is listed for the lemon juice? I’m wanting to try it both ways to see which I prefer more.
      Thanks!

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  21. Mark on December 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    This came in handy for a quick lunch (w/grilled chicken wraps). Family loved it. Thanks!

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  22. Megan on January 12, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Great recipe! but just so you know what you had at moby dick is a little different than tzatiki (does not have garlic, lemon juice or dill) and can also be a side dish in persian food. (mobdy dick: yogurt, cucumber, mint, salt and pepper)

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  23. Lori on January 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Been craving Tzatikki Sauce for weeks now and finally made your recipe today! Stumbled upon your blog while looking up ingredients for it earlier today while in the grocery store and now I’ve just spent the last two and a half hour obsessing over your blog! I’ve now added somewhere around 20 need to try recipes to my to do list! Cant wait to see how they all turn out, all of your stuff looks incredible!

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  24. Brooke on January 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    This is so close to the reciper we used in cooking class in greece!, we were taught to shredded the cucumber like a block of cheese then salt let sit while the rest is put together then grab a handuful at a time and squeezed out all the water and then mix it into the dip . it may be an idea to keep in mind if you want some and dont have a half hour to wait on it draining

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  25. Birdiebee on March 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    This is a wonderful recipe. I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and find some amazing recipes.

    Reply

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