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Tzatziki Sauce For Gyros

Updated on May 25, 2013
5 stars from 1 rating of Tzatziki for Gyros

This is extremely easy to make, and goes great with pitas. Even better, serve it as a sauce for these awesome grilled gyros.

You will be waiting for the yogurt to strain for a little over an hour; otherwise the actual prep only takes about five minutes.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Makes 2 cups


  • 16 ounces plain yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh mint, minced
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  1. First, strain the yogurt. There is a device called a yogurt strainer, but unless you plan on making tzatziki on a daily basis, I recommend using a coffee filter placed in a colander. Place this in a bowl or a casserole dish with the yogurt in the filter, and leave in the fridge for an hour or a bit longer. You will see clear liquid in the container below the strainer and the yogurt will be thicker than it was when you started.
  2. While the yogurt is in the refrigerator straining, you can do the other prep. Mince your mint and garlic, and peel the cucumber.
  3. Deseed the cucumber. To do this, cut the peeled cucumber in half length-wise. Then, use a teaspoon to simply scoop out the seeded portion of the cucumber. When you are done you will be holding two halves of a cucumber which resemble little canoes.
  4. Mince the cucumber.
  5. Once the yogurt has strained for an hour or more, simply mix all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and place back in the refrigerator for an additional 15 minutes or more.


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