Shish Kabobs with Tzatziki

March 14, 2007 · 30 comments

in greek,lamb,pork

I was still in a Greek food mood (I think I am getting excited for Easter–lamb on the spit, YES!), so I decided to make shish kabobs. And you can’t have shish kabobs without pitas and tzatziki sauce! Actually, I really don’t feel you can have them without pilafi me saltsa (rice with tomato sauce), but since I was slightly high on calories today I, sadly, decided against making that. :( Instead we had a village salad, or horiatiki salata.

Shish Kabobs

1 lb. lamb or pork tenderloin, cut into chunks
peppers, onions, or any other vegetables you would like, cut into chunks
Juice of 1-2 lemons
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Mix lemon juice, oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper together in a bowl. Put meat and vegetables in a large ziplock bag and pour marinade mixture into bag. Seal and shake bag. Refrigerate for several hours.

Place meat and veggies on skewers (if you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about half an hour beforehand, so they don’t char). Grill!



1 (32 oz.) container of plain Greek yogurt (preferably not fat free)
1 hothouse cucumber or 2 regular cucumbers, seeded
3-5 cloves garlic–depending how garlicky you like it, crushed (I usually crush with the help of a little salt and extra virgin olive oil)
1-2 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp.  fresh lemon juice
salt and a little pepper
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Pour any excess water off the top of the yogurt. If you are not using Greek yogurt, or if you are using a fat free and not-as-thick yogurt, you will need to strain it. Strain yogurt using a cheesecloth over a bowl (if you don’t have that, a strainer lined with a coffee filter will work) for several hours or overnight to get out as much moisture as possible.

Peel and seed the cucumber.  Shred or grate the cucumbers and then squeeze the life out of them to get rid of as much excess moisture as possible. I use a kitchen towel to do this, and you will get a lot of liquid so don’t skip this step! Yes, there is a lot of straining and squeezing–and it’s all important! You don’t want a runny tzatziki

Mix together the strained yogurt, shredded cucumbers, garlic, vinegar and lemon juice. Salt to taste. It’s best to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving, so flavors can meld.

Drizzle a little olive oil over the top.

A lot of people put dill or mint in their tzatziki but I have never liked it as much that way. I’m a bit of a purist. My family always made it this way (without the dill/mint) and I much prefer it, but of course add herbs to your liking.

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LK Richey March 30, 2009 at 1:04 am

Finally, a recipe that doesn’t use dill! I don’t care for dill too much and your recipe for Tzaziki is almost identical to mine, except I don’t use vinegar. I’ll have to try that.


Terry May 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Love your recipes..A question; I love chicken kabobs,,,can I use the same marinade as your lamb shish kabobs?
Thank you,


elly May 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Yes, you can use the same marinade or you can use the marinade for the chicken gyros on this blog, which is very similar. Enjoy!


One TIPsy Chick November 24, 2013 at 12:30 am

It was a requirement in our family that all must learn to make tzatziki and this usually happened by age 8! We never used dill or mint either but oddly, my Papou loved sour cream so much that Yiayia always made tzatziki with sour cream instead of yogurt. I was introduced to it that way so I always made it the same way.
I found your website when I was searching for recipes using pepper jelly. I found so many other great recipes on your site that pinned some and following you on Facebook. Looking forward to trying some out, starting with that pork dish!


elly November 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

My dad often makes his with sour cream too! Thanks for the comment, hope you enjoy whatever you try!


deb March 14, 2015 at 10:19 am

I added two tablespoons of Sour cream which added such flavor and a nicer consistancy


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