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Quick And Easy Sauce Recipes For Fish: How to Make Greek Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

Updated on March 28, 2011

Culinary Basics - Using Greek Yogurt

Culinary basics is all about learning to use different ingredients for 'standard' recipes. Here is a new and improved version of Cucumber Sauce and is a 'must have' in the quest for healthy recipes.

Cucumber Sauce is a great way to use Greek yogurt, whether store bought or homemade.

You can also use regular plain yogurt.

This is a great sauce served with poached, broiled or grilled fish.

You will find it a great topping for sandwiches too, especially pita bread sandwiches.

Last but not least, it makes a great topping for grilled chicken with its delightfully ‘fresh’ and 'cool as a cucumber' taste.

courtesy wikicommons rainer zenz
courtesy wikicommons rainer zenz

Makes 1 cup (8 servings)


  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or substitute low-fat plain yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon greated onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of pepper


  1. Peel cucumber, slice lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Shred or coarsely grate the cucumber. Put cucumber in strainer and press out as much liquid as possible.
  2. Combine other ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the cucumber and stir to blend. Cover and chill at least 1 hour for flavors to blend.

The Facts on Greek Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

Calories 12

Calories from fat 3

Total fat 0 g

Saturated fat 0 g

Cholesterol 1 mg

Total carbs 2 g

Dietary fiber 0 g

Sugars 1 g

Protein 1 g

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Courtesy The New Family Cookbook for People with Diabetes


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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      How cool - thanks so much for trying it and for commenting!

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      8 years ago

      Just returned from Greece Wed. ate this and loved it . Now looking for recipe to make it and serve with chicken and fish. Good eats!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Excellent! I was worried there for a minute you might come back and say it was terrible...I just made a batch of Greek myself and was thinking I need to make up the cucumber sauce for chicken this week so thanks for reminding me!

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      9 years ago from North Texas

      Well, I did make the recipe. It turned out quite well, and I was able to find Greek yogurt in my supermarket.

      My homegrown cukes had such tiny seeds that they weren't noticeable, so I didn't bother with that part. They're the Slicemaster variety, which I do recommend for this particular application.

      Yum. I ate my cucumber sauce over baked fish. The next day, I ate it spread on a rice cracker. This is my summer of healthy eating. Thanks for contributing to that!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      I hear you - I can't imagine YOUR hot - ours gets enough for me! Thanks so much for reading...hope you get a chance to try it.

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      9 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      Sounds delicious! and cool! It's so hot here in TX that I could take a bath in some cool cucumber yogurt!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Sandy - and it is!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      This sounds so yummy!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Thanks gracenotes - definitely use them in this sauce - that would be great to even grow my own cukes!

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      9 years ago from North Texas

      I agree with you. I love Greek and Mediterranean food. I've got homegrown cucumbers in the back yard, and so I need to try making this sauce! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Thanks hello, hello for stopping by!

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      I definitely have to try this one. Thank you.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      That sounds delicious as well, Alek! Thanks for stopping in.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for the recipe. I had a Greek boyfriend once who taught me how to make Tzatziki, only he made it with so much garlic I could hardly eat it. Now I make a version myself that I like a lot, which have with fish. It is so good.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Suzie!

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      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dill is my new favorite herb! I'm going to make some.


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