Creamy Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Tzatziki is a refreshing and creamy Greek sauce or dip that pairs wonderfully with grilled meats, as a spread for sandwiches, or as a dip for vegetables and pita bread. Made with simple, fresh ingredients, this tzatziki recipe is easy to prepare and brings a burst of Mediterranean flavor to any meal.


  • 2 cups grated cucumber (from about 1 medium 10-ounce cucumber; no need to peel or seed, grate on the large holes of a box grater)
  • 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint and/or dill (adjust based on your flavor preference)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 medium clove garlic, pressed or minced
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Prepare the Cucumber:
    • After grating the cucumber, wrap it in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze to remove as much excess moisture as possible. This step is crucial to prevent your tzatziki from becoming watery.
  2. Combine Ingredients:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the squeezed grated cucumber, plain Greek yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, chopped mint and/or dill, lemon juice, minced garlic, and fine sea salt.
    • Stir all ingredients together until well combined and creamy.
  3. Adjust to Taste:
    • Taste your tzatziki and adjust the seasonings if necessary. Depending on your preference, you might add a little more lemon juice for tanginess, garlic for punch, or herbs for freshness.
  4. Chill:
    • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the tzatziki for at least 30 minutes before serving. This resting period allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.
  5. Serve:
    • Serve the tzatziki chilled as a dip with fresh vegetables, pita chips, or as a sauce for grilled meat such as lamb, chicken, or fish.


  • Yogurt Selection: For the best results, use full-fat Greek yogurt for its thickness and creaminess.
  • Cucumber Tips: If using cucumbers with a lot of seeds, scoop out the seeds with a spoon before grating to ensure the tzatziki is not too watery.
  • Garlic Intensity: If you prefer a less garlicky flavor, start with half the garlic amount and adjust according to your taste.


Creamy Tzatziki Sauce is not only versatile and delicious but also a healthier alternative to many store-bought dips. Whether you’re dressing up a sandwich, serving it with a summer barbecue, or just looking for a tasty dip, tzatziki is a delightful addition to your culinary repertoire. Enjoy the cool, creamy texture and the balance of flavors that homemade tzatziki brings to your table!