How to Make Tzatziki at Home?

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Homemade Tzatziki

Course Sauce and Dips
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cucumber peeled, seeded, and finely grated
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the Cucumber:

  1. Start by peeling the cucumber. Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Grate the cucumber using a fine grater.

Drain Excess Moisture:

  1. Place the grated cucumber in a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and let it sit for about 15 minutes. This will help release excess moisture from the cucumber. After 15 minutes, squeeze the cucumber in your hands to remove any remaining liquid.

Mix the Ingredients:

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, minced garlic, chopped dill, chopped mint, and the drained cucumber. Mix well to combine.

Season the Tzatziki:

  1. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper to the mixture. Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.

Chill and Serve:

  1. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld. This will result in a tastier Tzatziki sauce.


  1. Before serving, you can garnish your Tzatziki with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh dill or mint. It's excellent as a dip for pita bread, a sauce for grilled meats, or a condiment for gyros and sandwiches.

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