Spicy Yogurt Sauce is a homemade sauce that works with everything! This quick and easy Greek yogurt based sauce is made in the food processor!
Recipes like my Herbed Yogurt Sauce, Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce and Basil Yogurt Sauce are next level yum!
Pair them with recipes like the Dry Rub Air Fryer Chicken Wings or drizzle on Air Fryer Cheeseburgers or Air Fryer Hamburgers for a match made in heaven!
How can I spice up my yogurt
To spice up yogurt, we need to add some ingredients to bring the spice to the yogurt!
The Greek Yogurt base is smooth and subtle.
To spice it up, we add sriracha sauce, paprika and garlic, we also season it with salt and pepper for a well round slightly tangy with a mellow touch sauce.
What spice goes with Greek Yogurt
Paprika is a spice that goes very well with Greek Yogurt to add a spicy but not overly hot taste to dishes.
Other spices that work well are mustard powder, Moroccan spice blend, onion and garlic powders.
Everything you need for this recipe is shown in the photo below. We use a combination of 4 simple ingredients with our main ingredient, the Greek Yogurt.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Greek Yogurt (can use low fat)
- Sriracha sauce (hot chilli sauce)
- garlic (peeled and end cut off)
- salt and pepper
Sriracha is a hot sauce that actually states on the bottle 'I put Sriracha on my sriracha'. Its a seriously unique sauce that one must get to know very well before using too much of it!
With the recipe we are aiming for a spicy sauce, but as we don't want it to be 'too hot' to enjoy (or use it), so we use the other ingredients to balance out the flavours.
If you have ever tried Mapo Tofu cooked by an amazing Chinese Chef, you will know where I am coming from. The spice is there, the flavours sing and it lifts, but also levels to remain both edible and palatable.
Here are the step by step instructions to make this sauce.
You will need a food processor with a sharp blade (not the shred but the dice blade).
- Blitz garlic cloves, then add paprika, Sriracha, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper (Photo 1)
- Blitz for 3-5 seconds to combine (Photo 2)
These simple steps are all that is needed to bring our sauce together.
The garlic needs to be finely chopped in the initial step and the yogurt with additional ingredients added next.
I recommend following the steps as instructed. The reason being, if you try to add the garlic to the yogurt without blitzing, the texture of the yogurt will be too thick to allow the blade to mince the garlic and you will end up with whole cloves of garlic throughout the yogurt (that hasn't been minced at all).
The creamy texture of this sauce with light punches of diced garlic do a little tap dance on your tong in a well executed rendition.
This sauce is very versatile and as such lends itself to a number of serving options. Try one of the following pairings:
- The modern take on a classic Air Fryer Hamburgers
- Air Fryer Roast Chicken
- Easy Air Fryer Chicken Legs
- Air Fryer Sausages
- Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings
Alternative uses for the are as a substitute for ketchup, spicy yogurt sauce with tacos, or as a dipping sauce for fries and wedges.
In the photo below you can see the pairing of this sauce with the Air Fryer Cheeseburgers. It might just be the best burger sauce EVER!
Skip the ketchup and mustard and don't hold back on the drizzle to take this burger to the next level of yum!
Frequently asked questions
- This recipe is quick and easy
- It takes less than 5 mins to bring it together
- I recommend using full fat or light Greek yogurt (the light usually has a thinner (more runny) consistency. The full fat is dollop worthy
- The recipe makes one cup of sauce
- The sauce will last in the fridge for 7-10 days
- This recipe is not suitable to freeze
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Spicy Yogurt Sauce
- Food processor
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt Note 1
- 2 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cloves garlic skin peeled and end cut off
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cracked pepper
- Add garlic to food processor bowl with dice blade and blitz for 2 -3 seconds
- Add Greek Yogurt, paprika, Sriracha sauce, salt and pepper, blitz for 2-3 seconds to combine
- Scrap down the sides of the food processor and blitz 1-2 seconds to combine
- Recipe make 1 cup of sauce and will keep in the fridge in an Air tight container for 7 - 10 days. Recipe is not suiable to freeze.
- Note 1 By all means you can use light Greek Yogurt instead of the full fat version. I find the light version often has more liquid separated initially on top, so either give it a good stir or pour that bit off. This sauce has a thick delightful dollop quality. The full fat is ever so slightly thicker than the light version, but it also much of a muchness.
Sriracha sauce is so good for bringing more flavour to recipes, can't wait to try the sauce.
Thanks Katherine! I appreciate your feedback.
Very tasty, will try something additional to notch up the spice
Thanks for your feedback! Oh I love readers who enjoy a bit of spice, thanks!!
Jason Andary says
Wasn't expecting anything. It's amazing... wow!
Thanks Jason, that is great to hear!