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Fresh Greek Tzatziki

By zetallgerman (GoodFood Community)
  • Rating: 5 out of 5.2 ratings
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • Plus minimum 2 hours cooling time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4
Garlic Lovers Unite! Why buy bland, watery Tzatziki when making your own is so simple? This Greek yogurt sauce is a perfect accompaniment to the grilled meats & fish of a summer BBQ!


  • 350g Greek yogurt (or plain full-fat yogurt)
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves (optional)


  • STEP 1
    For creamy Tzatziki with perfect consistency we need to avoid any excess water. The best result is achieved by peeling and de-seeding the cucumber. Then either grate of finely slice (with a vegetable peeler) and hang the cucumber in a cloth or a tea towel to squeeze out all excess liquid.
  • STEP 2
    Combine the yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice and garlic.
  • STEP 3
    Add a dash of olive oil and some salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • STEP 4
    Sprinkle with the paprika powder.
  • STEP 5
    Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours for the flavours to fully develop.
  • STEP 6
    (Optional: just before serving roughly chop a bunch of fresh mint leaves and sprinkle on top.)
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