Tzatziki sauce with sour cream is a mouthwatering combination of ground cucumber and sour cream, lightly infused with the flavors of zesty garlic, zingy dill, and bright lemon juice.
You are going to love this easy and versatile recipe for tzatziki sauce with sour cream. In this version, we replace traditional Greek yogurt with sour cream.
The resulting tzatziki still has all the same bright and tangy flavor, but with a richer, creamier base.
If you prefer to use Greek yogurt, that’s okay too. Simply substitute an equal amount of Greek yogurt in place of sour cream!
Tzatziki sauce with sour cream has this magical ability to balance and harmonize the flavors of whatever you pair it with.
It can lighten heavy meat dishes, brighten savory falafel, or cool down the heat in a spicy kebab without overpowering the flavor. Use it as a dip, sauce, or even a sandwich spread!
Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:
- Everything you need to make homemade tzatziki, including step by step instructions.
- Helpful hacks to get perfectly creamy tzatziki sauce every time.
- Creative serving suggestions and ways to enjoy your tzatziki sauce with sour cream.
You only need a few simple ingredients and ten minutes to make this cool, creamy tzatziki sauce. It’s so easy and so incredibly delicious.
How to Make Tzatziki Sauce With Sour Cream
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
STEP ONE: Grate the cucumber, then use a cheesecloth or paper towel to gently squeeze out the excess moisture.
STEP TWO: Combine the cucumber, sour cream, lemon juice, olive oil, dill, garlic, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Stir well to thoroughly combine.
STEP THREE: Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour to maximize flavor.
What is Tzatziki Supposed to Taste Like?
This tzatziki sauce with sour cream recipe is surprisingly refreshing.
It is rich, cool, creamy, and tangy with a delicate, yet powerful infusion of lemon herb garlicky goodness.
If your tzatziki ends up coming out a bit bitter, there are a few likely suspects. The wrong variety or an incorrect ratio of cucumbers or olive oil can result in an imbalanced and bitter sauce.
Try and select cucumbers that are known to be less bitter such as Burpless or a similar variety.
Make sure to slice the ends off of the cucumber and possibly even peel the skin if your cuke is on the bitter side.
Due to emulsifying olive oil, tzatziki sauce will sometimes come out bitter if processed in the food processor.
You’ll notice that I recommend hand mixing in this recipe, so you shouldn’t run into this problem.
What Do You Eat Tzatziki Sauce With?
Traditionally, Greeks enjoy tzatziki sauce with bread for dipping. This cold creamy dip is also commonly served with Greek dishes like souvlakia, kebabs, and gyros.
If you aren’t a master of Greek cuisine, fear not! There are countless other ways to serve and enjoy this classic sauce.
Tzatziki sauce with sour cream is perfect for dipping veggies, pita chips, chicken pieces, and more. Serve it alongside hummus, tabouli, and other dips for a tasty appetizer spread.
It also makes a wonderful sandwich spread and can help you take some unexpected dishes to the next level. Add shredded cabbage and carrots for a tzatziki style coleslaw.
Seriously, this scrumptious sauce is so versatile! Try it with some of the following recipes and prepare to be delighted.
- Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl
- Chicken Caesar Wrap
- Quinoa Chickpea Salad
- Air Fryer London Broil
- Air Fryer Salmon Bites
How Do You Get Water Out of Cucumber for Tzatziki?
If your tzatziki sauce is coming out too watery, you might need to remove more water from your cucumbers.
- Grate your cucumbers at least 30 minutes in advance
- Put the shredded cucumber in a fine meshed strainer and squeeze out what moisture you can
- Sprinkle with a bit of salt and allow it to remain in the strainer for a half hour
- Squeeze again before adding to your tzatziki sauce
Do be mindful of the amount of salt you are using for this hack. If you aren’t careful, you might end up with overly salty tzatziki.
How Do You Store Tzatziki Sauce With Sour Cream?
You can safely store your leftover tzatziki sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 4-5 days.
I advise against freezing this recipe, however. The freezing and thawing would negatively affect the texture of your tzatziki.
Luckily, you can make a fresh batch in less than 10 minutes!
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- ¾ cup grated cucumber
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped dill
- ¼ teaspoon minced garlic (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Gently squeeze the cucumber of excess moisture using a paper towel or a cheesecloth.
- In a medium bowl, mix cucumber, sour cream, lemon juice, olive oil, dill, garlic, and salt until thoroughly mixed.
- Cover and allow to chill in the fridge for one hour for the best flavor.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.