Mediterranean and Middle Eastern, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Recipe

Homemade Garlic Yogurt Sauce Recipe


Garlic yogurt sauce is a delicious sauce recipe which is mainly mixed with yogurt, garlic, and lemon. This recipe is perfect to eat with roasted herb chicken or beef, making a sandwich, salad dressing or dipping in your shawarma rice.

I love yogurt garlic sauce, and most of my time I tend to use it with most of my homemade recipes. For example, when I made my Kuwaiti chicken rice dish called Chicken Majboos, I use this yogurt sauce on my rice and it tastes delicious. 

I notice in some countries they have their version of garlic sauce. For example, in my current city in the Philippines, I notice they use garlic with mayonnaise sauce in their shawarma rice or sandwiches. I find the taste absolutely delicious.

Also, in the Middle East, they serve a thick garlic sauce mix with olive oil called toum sauce. This is commonly used in their shawarma sandwiches. During my childhood experience in Kuwait, this sauce is widely used in their kebab, shawarma sandwiches, and grilled/roasted chickens.

In this post, I will be showing my version of Garlic Yogurt Sauce Recipe with a Middle Eastern and Filipino twist.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients of Yogurt Garlic Sauce

My ingredients of Yogurt Garlic Sauce Recipe is made from 6 main ingredients:

  • Yogurt
  • Garlic
  • Mayonnaise
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Lemon
  • Salt & Black Pepper

Because this is a fusion twist of Middle Eastern and Filipino, I am making a different version of garlic sauce. Firstly, I am using a Middle Eastern Yogurt that I bought from a Lebanese grocery store which is mildly sour. For this reason, I am not including lemon in my recipe. However, if you are using Greek Yogurt – not sour but mildly sweet, then you can add lemon juice.

Secondly, I am using Mayonnaise. In the Philippines, they use mayonnaise in their white garlic sauce instead of yogurt for their shawarma rice. The Mayonnaise has a sweetness flavor and we all know that Filipino cuisines are mostly sweet, salt, and sour dish. This is maybe fatty but it is perfect for this recipe.

Thirdly, I am using vegetable oil like olive oil. This can make the yogurt garlic sauce a little bit thick. Fourthly, I am using garlic which I make it into a paste using a grinder. Alternatively, you can use garlic powder if you don’t like the strong odor of the garlic herb. Lastly, I am using salt and black pepper for taste.

What do you use Garlic Yogurt Sauce with?

What I like about this recipe is you can use this garlic sauce in most salad dressings, sandwiches, grilled meat and some spiced rice dishes. In my experience, these are the list of food dishes I ate with garlic yogurt sauce:

Meat: Roasted & Grilled Chicken / Steak, Kebab, Shish Tawook and most Middle Eastern meat dishes (Except those that contain soup or sauces)

Sandwiches: Shawarma, Falafel, and most Pita Sandwiches

Salad: Vegetable Green Salad (Cucumber, Arugula and Lettuce), and most Arabic Salads.

Dipping: French fries, potato chips, chicken wings and crispy pita bread.

Rice: Shawarma rice, Biryani rice, Maqluba, Chicken Majboos and other spiced rice dish (Mostly Indian and Middle Eastern Rice dish)

How long can this sauce last in the fridge?

To make sure the yogurt garlic sauce can last longer, it is best to keep in the fridge. This will help keep the white sauce fresh without getting spoil.

This white garlic sauce recipe can last for up to 2 weeks. However, for this to work, you have to make sure the yogurt you bought doesn’t get expired before 2 weeks. When I buy yogurt in the grocery stores, I made sure the expiring date will still be a month later.

How do you make this recipe?

There are two ways you can make a yogurt garlic sauce- Using blender or stirring in the medium bowl.

For using a blender, you just put all the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, grated garlic or garlic powder, salt, and black pepper together and turn on the power. After that, add a drop of olive oil, and turn on the blender again for 1 minute until it becomes thick.

If you don’t have a blender, you can put all the ingredients into a medium bowl, and stir them together until it is well mixed.

For longer use, transfer the white sauce into the plastic squeeze bottles with a cap, and keep it in the refrigerator. They can last for up to 2 weeks. It is best to serve it one day after keeping in the fridge for better taste.

For full instruction, here is the recipe card for this delicious garlic sauce.

Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Garlic Yogurt Sauce is a white sauce recipe that is mixed with garlic, yogurt, and lemon juice. They can be use for sandwiches, salad dressing and roasted / grilled meats.


  • 1 cup of Greek Yogurt or any Yogurt brand
  • 4 Tablespoon of Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon of lemon juice (Don't use if the Yogurt is a bit sour)
  • 1 teaspoon of grated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • salt and black pepper for taste
  • chopped parsley or dill (optional)


  1. Combine all the ingredient except the olive oil in the blender. Turn on the power and let it blend for 30 seconds
  2. Add the olive oil, and blend the sauce again for 1 more minute.
  3. After that, transfer into the plastic squeezes bottle
  4. Let it chill for 1 day in the fridge before use.


  • If you don't have blender, you can use it in a bowl. Combine all including the olive oil and stir it until the sauce is well mixed.
  • If you are using Yogurt that is a bit sour, there is no need to use lemon juice unless you don't mind of the sourness.
  • DO NOT use Extra Virgin Olive Oil. They make the sauce taste bitter when blending all the ingredients together.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 90Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 7mgSodium 191mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 6g

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  1. Yogurt sauces with garlic are such a great addition to spicy dishes. That cool smoothness adds another dimension of flavor. I had no idea that EVOO would make it bitter. Good tip.

    • The first time I made a yogurt sauce using EVOO, I realized the taste is so bitter. But after I used other oil, it taste fine. And yes, they blend well with spicy dishes especially spicy rice dish.

  2. This is so great with grilled vegetables!

  3. This would make a great dressing for a grilled veggie salad.

  4. Jacqueline Debono

    I love yogurt with garlic. This sauce would make a fab salad dressing!

  5. beardedmanfrommanila

    Hi, can I use sour cream instead of greek yogurt or yogurt and lemon?

    • Hi. It is not common but you can use sour cream instead of yogurt and lemon. The sour cream is more creamy than the yogurt, and it has an acidic taste.

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