What Is Tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a sauce made with yoghurt, grated cucumber, and garlic. It is usually served with fresh dill or mint. In addition, lemon juice or vinegar and spices such as black pepper, coriander, or sumac are also used.
This Mediterranean sauce is traditionally made from strained sheep's or goat's milk yogurt.
What Kind of Yogurt to Use for Tzatziki?
Plain strained yogurt is best for making homemade Greek-style Tzatziki. You can also use full-fat yogurt or unsweetened yogurt. For best results, place the yogurt in a cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer lined with paper towels. Leave it in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours to allow the yogurt to drain. Then strain and discard the excess liquid.
Should Cucumbers Be Peeled To Make Tzatziki?
No. You don't have to peel the cucumbers for this homemade tzatziki recipe. You can preferably peel them or grate them with their skins still on. Wash the cucumber well and be sure to remove the seeds. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on it. This helps remove excess moisture from the cucumbers.
What To Serve with Tzatziki?
There are many ways to use this refreshing cucumber sauce. You can enjoy tzatziki as a sauce or dip, and can be served with Mediterranean, Greek and Turkish dishes. You can serve this versatile sauce with pita bread and skewers. It also goes well with grilled vegetables. It can be served with hummus, feta cheese and baba gannuş in appetizer plates. It can be used as a sauce or salad dressing with grilled meats and fish. You can also serve it with falafel, baked potatoes or roasted eggplant.
Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Tzatziki:
- Chicken Souvlaki
- Chicken Shawarma
- Pita Bread
- Greek Salad
- Homemade Hummus
- Baba Ganoush
- Baked Potato
How To Store Tzatziki?
Homemade tzatziki should not be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours. It can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator for several days.
Can Tzatziki Be Frozen? Yes. You can freeze tzatziki sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 months. However, its consistency may deteriorate.