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How to Make Tzatziki Sauce for Gyros

Step by step guide how to make tzatziki sauce for gyros
Prep Time10 mins
Straining Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: condiment
Keyword: dip
Yield: 1.5 cups


  • cheese cloth
  • strainer or sifter


  • 2 cups plain yogurt 5% fat (high fat content)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber grated
  • 4-5 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tbsp mint fresh, chopped


  • Take your cheese cloth and fold a few times to have it about 4 layers in thickness. You'll need the size of the folded cheese cloth to be about 12"x12".
  • Place the cheese cloth centered in your strainer or sifter. Add yogurt to the cheese cloth. Tie the cheese cloth with an elastic band to have the yogurt fully enclose. Place a small bowl underneath the sifter or strainer to catch the drippings. Place the straining yogurt in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • Remove the yogurt from the fridge and place in a small bowl.
  • Using your cheese cloth, place the cucumber inside. Squeeze the water out of the cucumber. Place your cucumber in the bowl with the yogurt.
  • Add olive oil, mint, dill, garlic, salt, and vinegar to the yogurt bowl. Mix well until fully combined.
  • Taste test your tzatziki sauce, you might need more garlic, mint or dill to finish off the tzatziki sauce to your liking.
  • Store the tzatziki sauce in the fridge for up to 3 days.