Have you ever tried tzatziki sauce? It’s one of my all time favorites, especially when you serve it with fried eggplant or similar low carb dishes. Here’s a recipe that will teach you how to make your own homemade cucumber tzatziki sauce from scratch.
How to Make Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce
- Prepare the cucumber. Grate one large cucumber and squeeze out any excess cucumber juice. You can use a cheesecloth or just squeeze it with your hands.
- Combine the ingredients. Add the cucumber, plain Greek yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, chopped fresh dill, lemon juice, and minced garlic to a bowl and mix to combine.
- Season. Season with salt to taste.
- Serve. Either serve immediately or refrigerate the sauce until ready to serve.
5 Dishes You Need to Try Out with Tzatziki Sauce
If you’re just discovering tzatziki sauce for the first time, then here are a few suggestions for some must try dishes to pair with this sauce recipe:
- Use as a topping for baked potatoes or mixed in with mashed potatoes.
- Use as a spread for making sandwiches, wraps, and more.
- Mix it in with chicken salads or potato salads.
- Use it as a dipping sauce for veggies and chicken wings.
- Use it as a sauce for meat. Tzatziki sauce goes great with chicken, pork, beef, and even seafood.
How to Store Tzatziki Sauce
If you’re planning on storing your tzatziki sauce for later use, you’ll want to transfer it into an airtight container to keep in the fridge. Your tzatziki sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days when stored in the fridge like this.
Freezing the sauce is also an option. You’ll again need to use an airtight container, which you should then wrap with a few layers of plastic wrap. Next, place the wrapped container inside of a heavy duty freezer-safe bag, making sure to squeeze all of the air out.
You’ll be able to freeze this tzatziki sauce for up to 3 months. I really wouldn’t recommend freezing it for any longer than that, as the lemon juice used in this recipe can cause the sauce to curdle when thawing it out. Greek yogurt will also lose a lot of its consistency during the freezing and thawing process.
How to Thaw Out Tzatziki Sauce After Being Frozen
With all of that in mind, there are a few things to keep in mind when you are ready to thaw out your tzatziki sauce.
Let it thaw in the fridge first. You don’t want to leave the sauce at room temperature to thaw out right away, especially if your ambient temperature is pretty high. This could lead to spoilage and texture changes.
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Crave-worthy Cucumber Tzatsiki Sauce (Easy Recipe!)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
- ½ tbsp lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt to taste
- Grate the cucumber and squeeze out the excess water.
- Add the cucumber and the rest of ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine.
- Season to taste with salt.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.