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Tzatziki Recipe

Glenn Mamacos
This simple, delicious tzatziki recipe is the perfect addition to any Mediterranean meal, from a full dinner to just a good slice of bread!
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 5


  • 4 heaped tablespoons of thick full-fat, plain Greek yoghurt
  • Approx 5cm of a cucumber
  • 1 half tsp of paprika (optional)
  • Approx 2 tsp salt
  • Approx 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch oreganum
  • 1 clove of garlic


  • Grab a normal-size bowl
  • Grate the cucumber into the bowl until you have a big handful
  • Place the bowl near the sink
  • Gather up the cucumber in your hands, cupping them together like a tennis ball, and hold the cucumber over the sink
  • Squeeze the cucumber in your hands, hard, trying not to let the actual grated cucumber slip out. You need to squeeze the water out, and you’ll find that there’s a lot of water! You may want to try save the juice to mix with regular water if you enjoy cucumber slices in your water.
  • When you’re done, the cucumber should be very compacted, almost dry, and fit snugly in the palm of one hand. Use the other hand to tip any cucumber juice out of your bowl, then deposit the cucumber in the bowl.
  • Add about 4 heaped tablespoons of yoghurt to the cucumber, and mix the two together. You can vary the amount of yoghurt depending on how much you like cucumber - I often add less yoghurt or more cucumber so that the resulting tzatziki is thicker.
  • Peel and then finely dice a single clove of garlic (or half a clove if you’re not such a garlic fan).
  • Add the garlic, a pinch of oreganum, a few grinds of black pepper, and a very generous few grinds of salt.
  • Optionally add a dash of paprika as well (approximately half a teaspoon).
  • Taste the tzatziki. If you can’t taste the salt properly, add more salt - I find that it’s getting the right amount of salt, more than anything else, that really defines the dish. At this stage you should also decide if you want to taste any of the other herbs or spices more distinctly, and add them if so. If you feel you want more garlic, get the salt right first - you probably just need more salt.
  • Serve right away.