Tzatziki with sour cream

Are you looking for a simple Tzatziki recipe that is made with sour cream instead of greek yogurt? Well then you are in the right place! This easy recipe for Tzatziki with sour cream can be made in a matter of minutes with just a few common ingredients. It is a perfect addition to your favorite Mediterranean-inspired dish.

Homemade tzatziki dip with sour cream in a small glass bowl.

What is in Tzatziki with sour cream?

What is in this recipe for Tzatziki with sour cream? Here are all the ingredients you need to make this recipe for Tzatziki with sour cream.

  • Sour cream. The first ingredient you need for this simple tzatziki recipe is sour cream. The sour cream is the main base that is used for this tzatziki. If you want to make a more traditional tzatziki, you can also swap the sour cream out with full fat greek yogurt.
  • Cucumber. After the sour cream, the next most important ingredient you need to make tzatziki is cucumber. The cucumber should be grated into small pieces before it is mixed with the sour cream.
  • Lemon juice. Some lemon juice is added to this tzatziki recipe to brighten up the flavor and ensure that it does not become too heavy. For best results, we recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice. However, if you do not have fresh lemons then you can also use store bought lemon juice.
  • Olive oil. Some olive oil is also added to the tzatziki for flavor. For best results, you should use a high quality olive oil with a buttery flavor such as California Olive Ranch olive oil.
  • Garlic. Fresh garlic is diced and added to this recipe for tzatziki to give it some extra flavor. The garlic should be minced as finely as possible before being added.
  • Fresh dill. A dash of dill is added to the tzatziki recipe to bring out the Mediterranean undertones. If you have fresh dill on hand, we recommend using that. You can also use dried dill if you do not have any fresh dill on hand.
  • Salt. Finally, some salt is added to this tzatziki recipe to finish it off.

How do you make tzatziki with sour cream?

How do you make this recipe for tzatziki with sour cream? Here are all the steps you need to take to make tzatziki with sour cream.

  • Grate the cucumber. The first step in making this recipe for tzatziki with sour cream is grating the cucumber. The cucumber can be grated using a standard cheese grater. You should not need any more than one full cucumber for this recipe.
  • Mince the garlic and dill. After you grate the cucumber, it is time to mince the dill and garlic. The garlic is added to the tzatziki dip raw, so you should mince the garlic as finely as possible to make sure that no one gets a mouthful of raw garlic.
  • Mix the ingredients. After you chop up all of the ingredients, the only step left is to mix all of the ingredients together in an appropriately sized bowl.
  • Let the dip chill (optional). The dip will become more flavorful if you let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. This will give all the added flavors more time to blend into the sour cream.
Ingredients for tzatziki dip in a small glass bowl.

How do you store tzatziki?

How do you store leftover tzatziki? You should store leftover tzatziki in the refrigerator in an airtight container. If kept in an airtight container, the tzatziki will keep for three to five days. The fresher the sour cream is, the longer the tzatziki will keep.

We do not recommend trying to freeze this tzatziki. Dips that are made with dairy bases tend not to freeze well because milk fats tend to separate as the dips freeze and thaw. Cucumbers also tend to become mushy and slimy if they are frozen and thawed.

Tips for making the best tzatziki

Are you looking for tips to ensure that your tzatziki dip is a true showstopper? Here are a few tips for making tzatziki dip that is out of this world.

  • Use high quality, fresh ingredients. Tzatziki dip is supposed to have a light and fresh flavor. The most important thing you can do to ensure that your tzatziki tastes fresh is to use fresh ingredients. That means using freshly squeezed lemon juice and fresh dill. You should also use a high quality olive oil that has a smooth, subtle flavor rather than a strongly flavored alternative.
  • Mince the garlic into small pieces. When you are preparing your ingredients, you should also make sure to mince your garlic as small as possible. This will ensure that no one bite has too much or too little garlic.
  • Let the tzatziki chill before serving (optional). Finally, you should let your assembled tzatziki rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes after you make it. This will ensure that all of the flavors have time to blend together nicely. This is not essential, but it will enhance the flavor of the dip.

Tzatziki dip with sour cream

This recipe for tzatziki dip uses sour cream rather than greek yogurt as a base. This simple recipe requires only a few common ingredients and can be made in a matter of minutes.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: egg free, nut free, quick and easy, vegetarian
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cucumber (packed)
  • 2 cloves garlic (2 small cloves or 1 large clove)
  • 1/4 tsp fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Grate the cucumber using a standard cheese grater.
    You should not need more than one cucumber.
  • Mine the garlic and dill into small pieces.
    The garlic will be added to the dip raw, so we recommend taking extra care to make sure the garlic is small.
  • Combine all of the ingredients for the tzatziki dip in an appropriately sized bowl and mix them well.

Substitutions for tzatziki with sour cream

  • Sour cream. If you want to make a more traditional tzatziki recipe, you can swap the sour cream in this recipe out for full fat greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is generally a little more tart and a little less creamy than sour cream, but the flavor of the dip will be similar. A simple 1:1 substitution will work just fine.
  • Fresh dill. We recommend using fresh dill to make this recipe if you can. However, you can also use dried dill if you do not have fresh dill. In most cases, it is recommended to reduce the quantity of spice used when you convert from fresh spices to dried spices. However, in this case you can use a simple 1:1 substitution because there is a relatively small amount of dill in the recipe.

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