Garlic Yogurt Sauce is a creamy yogurt sauce with a subtle garlic tang! Using everyday ingredients, it takes minutes to make. Yogurt garlic sauce pairs well with everything from kebabs to lamb, chicken and salads. It's a whole lot of yum in one easy sauce!
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised the reasons why I think you will come to love this recipe in the points below:
- Simple ingredients, maximum flavour: garlic and yogurt are a heaven sent combo that brings both texture and flavor recipes. Use it for tandoori chicken, burrito bowls, homemade doner kebabs, middle eastern recipes or as a simple salad dressing!
- Quick and easy: if you have the ingredients and 5 mins, you can make this recipe. It comes together very quickly and there is little to no effort involved.
- Versatile: this is one of those delicious recipes that works for practically anything and everything! You can use it for drizzling, dipping, dolloping or dunking on all your favorites and then some!
- Lasts a week: once you have made this sauce, you can keep it in the fridge for up to 1 week. Store it in an airtight container for maximum flavour during the week without using a store bought sauce.
Everything you need to make the sauce is shown in the photo below. Each are simple ingredients and easy to find at your local grocery store. Please refer to the printable recipe card for exact measurements.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Garlic cloves (peeled and end cut off): one of the best ingredients ever to cook with! Use fresh garlic cloves if you have them, or minced garlic as an alternative.
- Salt and black pepper: we use a little bit of each of these to season the sauce. Regular table salt or cooking salt is perfectly fine to use!
- Lemon (some juice of): you can use a fresh lemon or bottled lemon juice if you don't have a fresh one. The flavour will be much the same and bottled juice saves you running out for one ingredient if you don't have a fresh lemon.
- Greek Yogurt (can use low fat): this thick smooth yogurt is perfect to use in dips, sauces and more! It has a creamy texture and blends very well with other ingredients.
Whilst the lemon juice is optional, I find that what it delivers to the sauce is almost essential.
If you look at the photos, you will see that I recommend simply squeezing the lemon over the sauce as a way of imparting that ingredient into the dish. You only need 2-3 squeezes and taste as you go to hit the spot.
Here are the step by step instructions to make this sauce. You will need a food processor with a sharp blade to begin as we prepare the garlic (not the shred but the dice blade).
- Add garlic, salt and pepper to food processor (Photo 1)
- Blitz for 2-3 seconds (Photo 2)
- Dollop in Greek Yogurt (Photo 3)
- Squeeze in some lemon juice (Photo 4)
You can use minced garlic if you have it and don't have full cloves of garlic.
If using the full cloves, as shown in the images above, you need to blitz it 1st. Otherwise you end up with whole cloves of garlic in the yoghurt with the texture of the yogurt to thick to allow the food processor blade to do its job in blitzing it.
In the photos above you will see the sauce coming together.
It is a simple process of combining ingredients, but with a few tips and tricks to ensure saucy deliciousness! For best results blitz the garlic as a starting point as the blades won't be able to chop it if you have also added the yogurt to the food processor.
When adding the lemon juice, taste it as you go, I find that 2-3 squeezes of one ½ lemon delivers spot on citrus tang!
When using leftovers the next day give them a quick stir and they will be good to go.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
This sauce is friendly and social and works well with many recipes on the blog. You might like to pair it with:
- Dry Rub Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer Jerk Chicken
- Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
- Mexican Fries (Mexican Loaded Fries)
- Air Fryer Chicken Skewers
- Air Fryer Roast Chicken
- Easy Air Fryer Chicken Legs
- Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings
You can serve it on the side, in a small bowl, or get your drizzle on. Served with chicken wings as a dipping sauce you will be licking your fingers clean!
In the photo below you can see the partnership of this sauce with the Air Fryer Beef Kabobs, it's a heaven sent match that works.
With a match like the above, you get the benefit of savory, garlic sauces to marinate chicken or fish as well as smooth subtle creaminess for edible delight!
👩🍳 Frequently Asked Questions
What's the best sauce for kebabs?
Garlic yogurt sauce makes the best ever sauce for kebabs. The simple combination without any sweetness offers a creamy savory melt in your mouth accompaniment to juicy kebabs that works!
What happens if you put lemon juice in yogurt?
Adding lemon juice to yoghurt is a good way to infuse more flavour into the natural flavor of the yogurt.
We only need a couple of squeezes of half one lemon to tick the citrus tang box.
For this recipe, I don't recommend juicing the lemon and adding that to the sauce as it would simply overwhelm the dish and be too tart!
There is a time and a place for tart flavours but that time is not here and that dish is not this one!
Garlic yogurt sauce for chicken, lamb and kebabs?
For serving suggestions for this sauce, I highly recommend pairing with kebabs, chicken and lamb.
You can see in the photos throughout the post, I am serving it with both a herb salad and beef skewers.
If you have a look at the Air Fryer Jerk Chicken, you will see how it pairs with that recipe also.
😍 More Easy Homemade Sauce Recipes
If you love making homemade sauces, I can recommend the following combos of yum:
- Herbed Yogurt Sauce
- Gorgonzola Sauce
- Apple Sauce For Pork Belly
- Horseradish Yogurt Sauce
- Parsley Yogurt Sauce
- Lemon Yogurt Sauce
- Sweet Chilli Mayo
- Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce
- Basil Yogurt Sauce
- Spicy Yogurt Sauce
Its time to get our garlic yogurt on my friend. You can also check out all Homemade Sauce recipes on the blog if you please.
Garlic Yogurt Sauce
- 1 Food processor
- 1 Spatula
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 3 cloves garlic skin peeled and end cut off
- ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ lemon 2-3 squeezes of the juice
- Blitz: add garlic, salt and pepper to the bowl of a food processor, blitz for 2-3 seconds to combine.
- Combine: dollop in yogurt and blitz for 2- 3 seconds till combined.
- Lemon juice: cut lemon in half and squeeze one half into sauce 2-3 times, discard any pips. Place lid back on food processor and blitz for 2 -3 seconds to combine.
- Additional information: recipe makes 1 cup of sauce, store in fridge in airtight container for 7 days. Not suitable to freeze.
- Note 1 Lemon juice: I recommend cutting the lemon in half, squeezing that half over the combined yogurt, garlic, salt and pepper 2 -3 times. This is a different approach to juicing the lemon and adding it as the flavor would be far too tart if we did that! Taste as you go and opt for subtle citrus not smack in the face citrus.
Published July 2021, updated September 2023 with more tasty tips for you 😁.