Fresh Tzatziki Cucumber Sauce

There is nothing better than a fresh Tzatziki sauce. I love the taste from the fresh cucumbers paired with the creamy taste from the yogurt. Add a bit of dill and garlic and it is the perfect fresh cucumber sauce.

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Bowl of fresh Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce.

Ingredients for Tzatziki

Only a few ingredients are needed to make your own Homemade Cucumber Tzatziki. You need plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt, a cucumber (that you will finely grate or finely mince), fresh squeezed lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil and some seasonings.

A lemon, cucumber, seasonings and a bowl of grated cucumber with juice to make Tzatziki Sauce.

Prep the Cucumbers

You need at least one cucumber for this Homemade Tzatziki Sauce. If you want it to be strong on the cucumber taste then you can add more to your liking.

First, peel the cucumber. This is optional, if you don’t mind cucumber peel in your sauce you don’t have to peel it. Then cut your cucumber in half lengthwise and try and remove most of the seeds. It is ok if there are still some left.

Then, you will need to finely grate or finely chop/mince the cucumber. I use a box grater that has a side that grates things fine.

Box grater with a smaller grater side for grating cheese, carrots etc in a smaller shred

Just grate the cucumber and you will end up with the perfect tiny pieces of cucumber.

Cucumber being grated on a box grater.

You will also end with quite a bit of cucumber juice – keep the juice!!!

Grated cucumber with cucumber juice in a bowl to make Fresh Tzatzkik.

Making Easy Homemade Tzatziki

To make the easy Tzatziki just add your ingredients to a bowl. Start with the yogurt.

A bowl of plain yogurt to make Tzatziki..

Then, add the grated cucumber. I will press the juice out of the grated cucumber before adding them to sauce.

Grated cucumbers with the juice pressed out of them added to a bowl of plain yogurt to make Tzatziki.

I then add the other ingredients, along with some of the cucumber juice.

The ingredients for Tzatziki in a bowl with cucumbers and a lemon with seasonings in the background.

Mix it up and adjust the seasonings to your liking.

I then slowly add more cucumber juice until I get the perfect amount of cucumber flavor.

Cucumber juice being added to Tzatziki Sauce.
A bowl of Homemade Tzatziki Sauce with a cut cucumber and lemon behind the bowl.

You can also get fancy and leave a bit of cucumber juice and dried dill weed on top for serving.

A bowl of fresh Tzatziki with cucumber juice and dried dill week on top of the sauce to make it look fancy.

We eat our Tzatziki Cucumber sauce with our Greek Chicken and Yellow Lemon Rice for the perfect Greek meal. It is delicious on the chicken and rice, or used as a sauce for dipping Pita Bread (aka Pocket Bread) or Naan Bread or pita crackers.

A plate of Greek Chicken with Yellow Rice, Pita Bread and Tzatziki Sauce.

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A bowl of Tzatziki Sauce with a lemon and cucumber next to the bowl.

Fresh Tzatziki Cucumber Sauce

This Fresh Tzatziki Cucumber Sauce is made with fresh cucumbers, garlic and dill and is the perfect addition to any Greek meal. Try it with my Greek Chicken and Yellow Lemon Rice
Makes about 2 cups
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings (1/4 cup)


  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt or Plain Greek Yogurt I prefer Plain Yogurt
  • 1 cucumber *or more if you want a strong cucumber flavor
  • 2 tsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed or more to taste
  • 1 tsp minced garlic *bottled minced, if using fresh minced use 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill weed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Peel your cucumber (optional- keep the peel on if you like it), then cut it in half lengthwise and try and remove most of the seeds. Grate or finely mince the cucumber so it is finely shredded/minced. Put the grated or minced cucumbers in a bowl and press most of the juice out, keep the cucumber juice to add to the sauce.
  • In another bowl, add your yogurt and grated/minced cucumber. (Make sure most of the juice is pressed out of them before adding them to the yogurt).
  • Add your other ingredients and mix it all together. Slowly add in the cucumber juice to your liking. Adjust the seasonings to your liking.
    *You can also add some extra cucumber juice to the top of the bowl and some extra dried dill weed to make it look fancy for serving (see blog post above for photo of this).
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.


This cucumber sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
We love to eat the Tzatziki Sauce with my Greek Chicken and my Yellow Lemon Rice.
A plate of Yellow Rice, Tzatziki Sauce, Greek Chicken and Pita Bread.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should only be used as an approximation.

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