Skordalia (Greek Garlic Potato Dip)


Not only is this a fabulous dip for vegetables and breads and things like that, it's also served as a side dish for things like fried fish and grilled meats--so this stuff is as versatile as it is easy to make.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
2 cups


  • 1 ¼ pounds russet potatoes

  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 drizzle olive oil, or to taste

  • 1 pinch minced fresh oregano


  1. Peel and quarter the potatoes and add to a saucepan with enough cold salted water to cover by 1 inch. Place over medium-high heat; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and continue to simmer until potatoes are tender, but not falling apart, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. While potatoes are cooking, add garlic and 1 teaspoon kosher salt to a mortar and pestle. Crush into a fine paste and reserve.

  3. Drain potatoes, reserving some of the cooking water to thin the dip out with later if desired. Let sit for 5 minutes.

  4. Transfer the potatoes to a mixing bowl. Mash with a potato masher or potato ricer until smooth and lump free. Stir in garlic paste. Add lemon juice and vinegar and stir in with the masher.

  5. Whisk in 1/2 cup olive oil in 3 or 4 additions. Add cayenne and more salt if needed. Pass dip through a mesh strainer into a bowl. Serve at room temperature, garnished with olive oil and oregano.

Chef's Notes:

You can make this with whatever kind of potato you want, but I highly recommend using a russet.

You can add fresh herbs to this if you like, such as parsley, chives, or dried oregano.

I prefer using a milder, fruity olive oil for this. Dip may be thinned with potato cooking water if needed, depending on the desired thickness; just reserve before draining.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

183 Calories
14g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 246mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 15mg 75%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 309mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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