Kebabs are just not the same without this Homemade Greek Tzatziki Sauce. Made with fresh cucumbers, tangy Greek yogurt, lemon juice and dill. Great for dipping you got it… kebabs or even fresh veggies!
I myself am not personally a huge fan of dips but my husband seems to be unable to eat kebabs or anything on a stick without some sort of dipping sauce. Especially anything Greek. So when I recently made Kofta Kebabs and had no Greek Tzatziki Sauce on hand he was in crisis!
Good thing it takes absolutely no time to make and I always have Greek yogurt along with lemons, olive oil and cucumbers on hand.
homemade Greek tzatziki ingredients
I like to use English cucumbers vs the regular garden variety because the skin is much thinner so there is no need to peel the cucumber. I like being able to keep the skin on because it adds more colour and texture to the tzatziki sauce as well.
The other reason is that English cucumbers tend to be a little sweeter than the usual garden cucumber. Regular cucumbers have larger seeds which make them taste a bit sour sometimes. I also think that because regular cucumbers are seedier and freshly inside they don’t grate as well and can become mushy quickly.
Here are some other recipes I like to make using English Cucumbers:
How to make tzatziki sauce
First, grate the cucumber into thin slices using a cheese grater. Then throw the yogurt, cucumber, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, dill and salt into a medium bowl and mix well.
That is it! So when my husband was in a kebab crisis it took no time at all to whip this up and dinner to carry on. I am just joking about a crisis and exaggerating a bit but tzatziki sauce is serious business for Lou!
Fresh vs dried herbs
For this recipe, you can certainly use fresh dill instead of dried. The typical rule of thumb with dry vs fresh herbs is that 1 tsp of dried herbs = 3 tsp or 1 tbsp of fresh herbs. So for this recipe, if you are using fresh minced dill use about 2 tbsp to replace the dried.
You can also swap out dill for mint if you are not a fan of dill. Tzatziki Sauce can be made with either herb. The measurements are the exact same regardless of the herb you choose to go with.
how to store tzatziki sauce
Homemade tzatziki sauce will last about 3 days in the fridge inside an air-tight container. This recipe makes quite a bit … enough for a family of 4 tzatziki lovers but if you are like my house and only 1 or two people love it I would recommend cutting this recipe in half.
can you freeze tzatziki sauce?
No. Greek yogurt separates when frozen and goes weird and so do cucumbers so fresh is best!
Ways to Use Greek Tzatziki sauce
- Dip for kebabs, lamb, gyro meat and falafels
- Spread on wraps, burgers and sandwiches
- Veggie dip
Homemade Greek Tzatziki Sauce
- Cheese grater
- Medium bowl
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
- 1 1/2 cups Non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 3/4 English Cucumber grated, approx 1 1/2 cups
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp dried dill
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Grate cucumber with a cheese grater with the peel left on.
- Add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl and mix well. Serve.