Yogurt Sauce

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Thick and creamy, tangy and bright, this easy Yogurt Sauce hits all the right notes. It’s delicious on roasted vegetables, with meats, as a dipping sauce, or slathered on your favorite flatbread.

Yogurt sauce in a brown dish.


 

Yogurt Sauce is the perfect complement to so many dishes: roast pork, chicken, and beef, roasted veggies of all kinds (especially potatoes), and even on grain bowls and salads.

It’s a great way to add flavor, texture, and creaminess in 5 minutes or less. You just can’t go wrong with a good yogurt sauce recipe in your back pocket.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for yogurt sauce.

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Ingredient notes

  • Whole milk yogurt: For a thicker sauce, strain the yogurt over cheesecloth or a coffee filter overnight. If you don’t like the taste of yogurt, you can substitute sour cream.
  • Dill: I recommend fresh herbs if at all possible rather than dried.

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, dill, garlic, salt, and chili flakes to taste (I like ¼ teaspoon salt and a pinch of red chili flakes). Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
Yogurt sauce in a brown dish.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 1 cup of yogurt sauce, enough for 4 (¼ cup) servings.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • More flavors: Get creative with your yogurt sauce! To spice it up, use lemon pepper seasoning, za’atar, cilantro, parsley, chives, fresh mint or Greek seasoning.
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Roasted Spring Carrots with cool yogurt sauce, fresh thyme, and fresh rosemary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use sour cream instead of yogurt?

Yes! Sour cream is the best substitute for whole milk yogurt in this recipe. With similar tanginess and texture, you can substitute it 1:1.

Favorite ways to enjoy yogurt sauce

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A small brown bowl filled with yogurt sauce.

Yogurt Sauce

Thick and creamy, tangy and bright, this easy Yogurt Sauce hits all the right notes. It's delicious on roasted vegetables, with meats, or slathered on your favorite flatbread.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings (¼ cup each)
Course Pantry
Cuisine Mediterranean
Calories 93
5 from 4 votes

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup whole milk yogurt (see note 1)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill (see note 2)
  • 1 clove garlic zested on a microplane grater
  • salt to taste
  • Dried chili flakes to taste

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, dill, garlic, and salt and chili flakes to taste (I like ¼ teaspoon salt and pinch red chili flakes). Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

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Notes

  1. Whole milk yogurt: For a thicker sauce, strain the yogurt over cheesecloth or a coffee filter overnight. If you don’t like the taste of yogurt, you can substitute sour cream.
  2. Dill: I recommend fresh dill if at all possible rather than dried.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes about 1 cup of yogurt sauce, enough for 4 (¼ cup) servings.
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 serving (¼ cup)Calories: 93kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 22mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 0.04gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 54IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 0.1mg
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