If you are looking for the perfect easy dip or sauce to top fish or poultry with, then this garlic yogurt sauce is the recipe for you. Ready in a matter of minutes and simple ingredients, it is super quick and delicious.
I love a dip or a sauce that I can use for multiple things. This delicious dipping sauce is perfect with salmon, potatoes, and could easily be used on poultry. It is not a thin sauce like a salad dressing but it is thick because it is a yogurt based sauce. This sauce is inspired by a sauce that I would get at a local Middle Eastern restaurant that they would serve with potatoes. I loved it so much that I wanted to make my own.
Main Ingredients for yogurt garlic sauce
Fresh Garlic Cloves: I like using fresh garlic in this recipe (not garlic powder). It gives the rich flavor to the sauce.
Yogurt: I use Greek yogurt in this recipe not regular yogurt. You could try using regular yogurt however I like the sauce to be thicker, especially if you are using it for a dip (it is an amazing dip with french fries) Use plain yogurt.
Lemon Juice: The acidity helps elevate the garlic yogurt and give it more tangy flavors.
Spices: I use Zaatar and fresh mint leaves in this recipe. It is the thing that brings the dip to its peak tastiness.
Pomegranate seeds: optional but they add a nice textural difference and flavor to the yogurt.
What equipment do you need?
All you need is a medium sized bowl and a whisk (along with a garlic mincer). You do not need anything fancy like a food processor.
In a medium size bowl (do not use a small bowl, you want to be able to stir everything).
How do you make this garlic yogurt sauce
Add the yogurt: to the bowl, specifically one cup of Greek yogurt
Mince your garlic and add the minced garlic to the bowl along with the lemon juice, and spices.
Mix together: If going to be using right away, add the pomegranate seeds on top and use. If not, place in the fridge until use and when ready to use place the pomegranate seeds on top.
This dish is the perfect accompaniment to so many things and cuisines. Indian cuisine often pairs yogurt with its dishes and this would be beautifully with a tandoori chicken. This greek yogurt sauce is a favorite for me with salmon. It honestly would go great with potato chips, fresh veggies, zucchini fritters, or anything you dip!
How do you store this delicious sauce?
Simply place the the yogurt into an airtight container and place in the fridge. You can keep it in there for as long as your yogurt would be good for.
Tips and Tricks For Garlic Yogurt:
For best results always follow the original recipe however there are different ways you can make yogurt dip. You can omit the zaatar if you wish or substitute different spices however, once you have a little bit of the original dish, you won’t want it any other way. It will likely become a household staple because Yogurt has a similar texture to sour cream except it doesn’t have all of the calories! Honestly, this dip pairs beautifully with so many things, pita bread, a mezze platter, raw veggies, chicken wings, pita chips, any number of delicious recipes. I really do love it with salmon but as someone who used to eat chicken, it owuld also go beautifully with chicken souvlaki or roast chicken.
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Garlic Yogurt Recipe: An Easy Homemade Dip & Sauce
- 4 Garlic Cloves minced
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Zaatar
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 5 Mint Leaves
- 3 tablespoon Pomegranate Seeds Optional
- Add the yogurt: to the bowl, specifically one cup of Greek yogurt
- Mince your garlic and add the minced garlic to the bowl along with the lemon juice, and spices.
- Mix together: If going to be using right away, add the pomegranate seeds on top and use. If not, place in the fridge until use and when ready to use place the pomegranate seeds on top.