Tzatziki Sauce

As promised, I am sharing with you a really common Greek sauce that is super fresh, super easy called Tzatziki. I honestly doubt you even need a recipe for this because:

  1. the recipe can be found all over the internet;
  2. it’s a no-brainer;
  3. I made this without a recipe;
  4. so I won’t post one but instead give you the method and estimates.
  5. mmmkay?

So what we really only need for this basic sauce is:

Japanese Cucumber, Salt, Garlic, Natural Yogurt, Pepper, Paprika & Coriander.
In fact, the paprika, pepper & coriander are optional ingredients. I just wanted a little more flavour. Also, I would use Greek yogurt for a thicker consistency and authenticity. But I wanted to keep this much lighter as we were going to have it with oily fish.
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Dried coriander leaves. No I didn’t buy it this way. I forgot about a bunch of this in the fridge and when I went to get it, it was all dry. No harm. Just use. Thumbs up for less food wastage!
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The star of the show is really the box grater. This makes the sauce so easy to whip up because within 3 seconds, you’d can grate 1/2 that cucumber with minimal effort.Tzatziki 3

All that in a bowl with a good pinch of salt and 15 minutes.Tzatziki 4

That light pickling drew out all this moisture.Tzatziki 5

I squeezed it pretty hard to make sure most of the water is gone. Watery tzatziki = yucky.Tzatziki 6

Now for that hit of spice and bad breath, we grate the tiniest amount of garlic. Like only 1/5 of a small clove. Raw garlic is super strong. Got to take care of yourself there.Tzatziki 7

Because I was feeling fancy and wanted to add a little vavavoom into this simple sauce, I added a pinch of pepper, paprika, crumbled dried coriander leaves  & a small squeeze of lemon juice.Tzatziki 8

I added enough yogurt until I felt it was where I wanted it. I think I used about 1/2 a cup or so. Better taste test to be sure cos remember, there was already salt in the cucumbers.
Tzatziki 9

This made enough for us for that one dinner time. 1/2 a cucumber and 1/2 a cup of natural yogurt. I imagine it would be super silky with Greek yogurt. Which I will be using the next time.
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I like that I can change out the yogurt or add in more spices to make this my own. So easy and no cooking even needed.
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The fresh tang really helped cut through our rich salmon dinner. Good match.Tzatziki with Glazed Salmon Fillets

I think I’ll be using this sauce on many different things. It’ll be so good on a a beef sandwich. Or a salad. Or fried chicken. You get my drift. 😉

xoxoxo, Jayne

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:1)


  1. I love tzatziki sauce. It’s so refreshing and light. It matches so well with many dishes. 🙂 Thanks for sharin.

    • So true, Amy. I can have it with fried chicken, grilled fish, salad, quiche.. Literally everything. Lol. I love this so much. Greek yogurt would be delicious in this. I used lighter plain yogurt to lower the calories but equally tangy and awesome.

  2. I love tzatziki sauce in gyros. It really does cut through the heaviness some dishes have. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • It’s the tang that makes this sauce so special, right? Tzatziki is so easy that I really didn’t need to write about it. Except that I like it so much I couldn’t keep it to myself. Lol.

  3. This would go so well with some gyros! Nommmm….


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