How to Make Tzatziki (with Pictures)

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How to Make Tzatziki (with Pictures)
How to Make Tzatziki (with Pictures)

Tzatziki is a Greek cucumber yogurt sauce that can be served as an appetizer, dip and in or on various dishes. It combines great with Gyros, but is also delicious as a dish on its own. Below you will find two recipes: choose the one that best suits what you want to use it with. Start at Step 1 below or look at the paragraphs above and go straight to the recipe of your choice!


Traditional (Greek Style)

  • 700 ml Greek yogurt natural (the thicker the yogurt, the better)
  • 1 cucumber (preferably organic)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • fresh oregano
  • Fresh dill
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil (be prepared to pay a little more for the best taste)

Chunky (American style)

  • 2 liters of full-fat yogurt
  • 4 medium or 2 large cucumbers
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 2 large lemons
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt


Method 1 of 2: Traditional

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Step 1. Peel and prepare the cucumbers

Peel the cucumbers, cut them into three or four pieces and then use an apple corer to remove the pitted part.

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Step 2. Grate the cucumbers

Roughly grate the cucumber with the flat side on the grater. The pieces don't have to be too fine.

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Step 3. Drain the cucumbers

Place the grated cucumber in a sieve and collect the liquid in a bowl. Press the cucumber into the sieve so that even more moisture comes out. Set the collected liquid and the grated cucumber aside.

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Step 4. Prepare the garlic

Cut the garlic into very fine pieces or squeeze it through a good garlic press. Then mix the garlic with a little olive oil and half a tablespoon of salt, preferably with a mortar and pestle -- but a bowl and a fork/small potato masher can also work well.

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Step 5. Drain the yogurt

Line a sieve with coffee filters and pour the yogurt on top. Drain for about 15 minutes, stir gently (without touching the coffee filters) and drain for another 15 minutes.

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Step 6. Mix the basic ingredients

Combine yogurt, drained cucumber and garlic mixture in a glass or stainless steel bowl.

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Step 7. Add the spices

This is thought about in different ways. The various areas in Greece each use their own spices and tzatziki is prepared in the rest of the world with non-traditional spices. You can decide for yourself which one you like best, or combine two: lemon juice, wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, 1 tablespoon fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon mint. Add ground black pepper to taste, which is pretty standard everywhere.

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Step 8. Allow the flavors to set

Cover the bowl with a plate or lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Twelve hours gives a better end result. The juice from the cucumber can be used to thin the tzatziki into a sauce for salad or meat, or add a little to enhance the cucumber flavour.

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Step 9. Done

Enjoy your authentic Greek tzatziki! Traditionally, it is served in a bowl of bread for dipping, and is finished by pouring a little olive oil over it and adding a few whole Kalamata olives and a sprig of oregano or other fresh herb on top.

Method 2 of 2: Chunky

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Step 1. Gather your ingredients

You can find the ingredients you need in the ingredients list.

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Step 2. Prepare the cucumbers

Peel the cucumbers and cut them into quarters lengthwise. Then remove all the seeds with a spoon.

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Step 3. Cut the cucumbers into cubes and drain them in a sieve to get rid of the excess moisture

Too much moisture will make the tzatziki too thin.

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Step 4. Peel and finely chop the amount of garlic you think you will need

This can be a few cloves or the whole bulb, but just what you like best. Finely chop the garlic and place in a food processor with the olive oil. Blend the mixture until smooth.

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Step 5. Drain the yogurt

Line a sieve with coffee filters and pour the yogurt on top. Drain for about 15 minutes, stir gently (without touching the coffee filters) and drain for another 15 minutes.

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Step 6. Combine the ingredients

Combine the garlic, cucumber and yogurt in a large stainless steel or glass mixing bowl. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Pour lemon juice over it if desired.

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Step 7. Mix everything

Stir the ingredients with a large spoon until well blended. Now you can taste the tzatziki and adjust the ingredients to taste. Don't forget that the flavor is even stronger once they're withdrawn.

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Step 8. Put the tzatziki in the fridge

Cover the bowl with a lid or a plate and put it in the fridge for about 2 to 3 hours before using. This will give the garlic time to release its flavour.

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Step 9. And now, enjoy


  • You can adjust the amount of salt and pepper to your own taste.
  • Use natural yogurt and not yogurt with a flavor, such as vanilla or another flavor.
  • The tzatziki tastes even better the next day and can be kept in the fridge for a few days.
  • You can also add less garlic to taste.

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