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Lebanese garlic sauce recipe

Lebanese garlic sauce recipe

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Called toum and popular throughout the Levant, this garlic sauce packs a punch. If the sauce separates while in storage, just stir or blend again.

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IngredientsServes: 32

  • 4 bulbs garlic, cloves separated and peeled
  • 225ml lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 700ml olive oil

MethodPrep:15min ›Ready in:15min

  1. In the container of a blender or food processor, combine the garlic cloves, lemon juice and salt. Blend at medium speed until smooth. Continue blending while pouring olive oil into the blender in a thin stream. The mixture should become thick and white, almost like mayonnaise. Store refrigerated in a glass container.

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Reviews in English (32)


Very good garlic taste. I was looking for the garlic sauce that they use on shawarma which is a little thicker than this and has less lemon zing. It was too much lemon for me, so I added a bit more salt to combat the zing. Next time I'm going to try it with about half the oil and less than a quarter of the lemon juice, with salt to taste.-01 Dec 2006

by MOM2K&A

This is fantastic, just like LaShish. I recomend using a blender, it did not emulsify when I used the food processor. I also use canola oil instead of EVOO-27 Nov 2006


I was looking for a recipe that duplicated the garlic sauce from Zankou chicken. This was great! Next time I might substitute 1/2 of the olive oil with canola, the sauce had a strong olive oil taste. Served with grilled chicken, lamb, tabouleh & pita bread.-02 Oct 2005

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