Turkish Garlic & Yoghurt Sauce

This simple Turkish Garlic & Yoghurt Sauce is the perfect partner for all kinds of Middle Eastern Fare. Excellent with meat and poultry, game and even fish it's a creamy, garlicky dream!

This sauce is ubiquitous in every Istanbul kebab shop and it's slathered over everything! From juicy lamb kofta kebabs to Fried fish or just served in a bowl to dip with flatbreads. There are two versions if this sauce that I ate in Turkey - this one, and another featuring cucumber, Caçik (essentially the same as Greek Tzatziki). You never quite knew which you were getting, but they're both delicious so - no problem.

Garlic Breath

The garlic is strong in this dish so, if you're doing anything for the next week or so, steer clear. The yoghurt is so perfect with grilled meats like kebabs, and works with seafood too. It's a great sour, cold note to warm, spiced meats. I could eat it on everything.

If I'm feeling super lazy, I like nothing more than pigging out on a bowl of this Turkish garlic & yoghurt sauce and loaf of bread and absolutely no interruptions! It's as easy to prepare as it is addictive so get yourself ready for some easy breezy Turkey breath!

How to make my Turkish Garlic & Yoghurt Sauce

Turkish Garlic & Yoghurt Sauce

Turkish Garlic & Yoghurt Sauce

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Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 4
Calories (per serving) | 170


  • 1 cup Greek style yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon (juice of)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • Pepper


  • Using the side of a kitchen knife, crush together the salt and garlic into a smooth paste. Combine with the yoghurt, olive oil and lemon juice. Add a Tablespoon of water to thin out the sauce a little.
  • Tip into a serving bowl and add a couple of grinds of black pepper and a little drizzle of olive oil.


Nutrition Facts
Turkish Garlic & Yoghurt Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 605mg26%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 33IU1%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Side Dish
Cuisine | Turkish
Keyword | Yoghurt
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