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Garlic Sauce – Middle Eastern Toum

Middle Eastern Toum is an easy recipe that can enhance the flavor of your favorite dishes

Are you looking for the creamy garlic sauce recipe served in restaurants? Then this recipe is yours! My Garlic sauce or Authentic Middle Eastern Toum is perfectly light, fluffy, and the ultimate pair to my Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma.


fluffy and creamy garlic sauce in a small plate on a straw tray alongside fresh garlic knobs.
The perfect match with many recipes.




fluffy and creamy Middle Eastern Toum sauce in a small plate on a straw tray alongside fresh garlic knobs.
The best garlic sauce to serve with your grilled dishes.

What You Will Need

Garlic cloves: Use fresh and firm garlic knobs to ensure that you get the best consistency and flavor. Avoid using old garlic knobs or pre-peeled garlic cloves.

Oil: You can use any neutral oil, like Mazola oil, canola oil, Avocado oil, etc. Olive oil doesn’t work to make this garlic sauce since it changes the color of the sauce and gives it a strong, sharp flavor.

Salt: Unlike almost all recipes where salt is added to taste, in the garlic sauce you need to add salt for two reasons: first, to finely grate garlic cloves and get a chunky texture; second, for the taste.

Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice helps to well-combine and emulsify since it acts as a binder.


How to Make Garlic Toum Sauce?

garlic cloves cut in half lengthwise with inner germ removed

To start, cut each garlic clove in half lengthwise and remove the inner germ. This process makes the garlic taste a lot less spicy.

This is what the inner germ of the fresh garlic cloves looks like

Once cut, add to your food processor. Your food processor MUST have a small emulsifier spout. It has to be a strong and large food processor (minimum of 12 cups).

Then, add the salt to the garlic and turn the food processor on. Let it go until the garlic gets finely cut.

add peeled garlic cloves to your food processor, then add salt.

Now stop, and scrape down the sides.

This is how chunky garlic cloves get after processing them with salt.

After that, add 3 tablespoons of the oil you are using and about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Start the food processor once again and you should see the garlic getting chopped even more finely.

more finely garlic cloves after adding he 3 tablespoons of oil and one teaspoon of lemon juice

Next, stop the processing one more time and scrape down the sides, making the garlic move towards the middle. Close the lid, and add the emulsion sleeve to your food processor.

Close the lid, and add the emulsion sleeve to your food processor.

Last but not least, start the food processor and add ½ cup of the oil into the emulsifier cup. Let it drip slowly, then once it is finished, add another ½ cup. Repeat until you finish 2½ cups of oil.

Now drip the 2.5 cups of oil gradually

Once finished, add in ½ of your lemon juice to the emulsifier cup. Later on, add ½ cup of the oil, then add the remaining lemon, and finally the last bit of oil.

add the remaining lemon, and finally the last bit of oil

Once that is finished, it means that the garlic sauce is now ready. It should be fluffy and creamy.


the final result of Middle Eastern garlic sauce

Best Ways to Enjoy Toum Sauce

A staple for the well-known Authentic Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma is the Middle Eastern Toum sauce. Middle Eastern people love to spread lots of garlic sauce in their Shawarma sandwiches. The combination is irresistible!

This garlic sauce pairs well with almost every chicken, BBQ, and kebabs recipe. Try it with Juicy Chicken Kofta Kebabs, Oven Baked Chicken Skewers, Middle Eastern Spiced Baked Chicken, or Honey Garlic Sriracha Wings.

It is the ultimate, tasty way to dip French fries and roasted veggies in Ketchup and this garlic toum sauce. It adds a kick of flavor to any meal.



a spoon of a light, fluffy, and creamy garlic sauce ready to be spread on your sandwiches
A tasty sauce made with only four ingredients.

You can skip the step where you remove the inner germ of garlic cloves, but the sauce will be spicy, which means that your mouth will burn a bit.

To make it more mellow, soak the garlic cloves in ice water for 30 minutes, but ensure draining them well.

Try to use freshly squeezed lemon for better flavor, or use bottled lemon juice without additives.

Add the oil and lemon juice gradually. Because when you add them quickly the emulsification will fail and the sauce will break.

If your food processor gets hot, then give it a pause since the heat affects the sauce and causes its separation.



light, fluffy, and creamy garlic sauce in a small plate on a straw tray
Give this restaurant-quality garlic sauce a try!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why does the Toum sauce break and become liquidy?

The toum sauce breaks and becomes liquidy if you miss the use of lemon juice, or you add the oil too quickly.

How can I fix broken garlic sauce?

The best way to fix the broken garlic sauce is to add a binder to enhance the emulsification process, like egg whites. Remove 1/4 cup of the broken emulsion and whip it with 2 large egg whites in a food processor until it gets white and fluffy. Then, drizzle in the remaining broken toum slowly.

If I don’t have a food processor; can I make the Middle Eastern Toum using a blender?

I have not tried it in a blender, so I can’t confirm whether it will work or not. However the blender does not allow adding the oil slowly similar to a food processor, so if you used it, you will not get the required texture.


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Easy Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Beef Ouzi Pockets

Chicken Maqluba (Flipped Upside Down)

Ezme (Turkish Salad)

Meat Stuffed Pitas (Palestinian Arayes)

Middle Eastern Kidney Bean Beef Stew

Easy Pan-Seared Fish Tacos

Palestinian Cauliflower Fritters (Emshat)


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Its pure white color and rich consistency make it a visually appealing addition to any plate.

Garlic Sauce – Middle Eastern Toum

Fatimah
This garlic sauce recipe is perfectly light and fluffy, and the perfect pair to chicken, BBQ, and kebabs recipes. Try it now!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Dip, Sauce
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Calories 221 kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup garlic cloves mine measured 35
  • cups  neutral oil Mazola oil, Canola oil, Avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt 
  • cup lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Cut each garlic clove in half lengthwise and remove the inner germ. This process makes the garlic taste a lot less spicy.
  • Add to your food processor. Your food processor must have a small emulsifier spout. It has to be a strong and large food processor (minimum of 12 cups).
  • Add the salt to the garlic and turn the food processor on. Let it go until the garlic gets finely cut.
  • Stop, and scrape down the sides.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of the oil you are using and about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Start the food processor once again and you should see the garlic getting chopped even more finely.
  • Stop the processing one more time and scrape down the sides, making the garlic move towards the middle. Close the lid, and add the emulsion sleeve to your food processor.
  • Start the food processor and add ½ cup of the oil into the emulsifier cup. Let it drip slowly, then once it is finished, add another ½ cup. Repeat until you finish 2½ cups of oil.
  • Once finished, add in ½ of your lemon juice to the emulsifier cup. Once it is finished, add ½ cup of the oil, then add the remaining lemon, and finally the last bit of oil.
  • Once it is finished, it means that your garlic sauce is now ready. It should be fluffy and creamy.

Notes

  • You can skip the step of the remove the inner germ of garlic cloves, but the sauce will be spicy aka month burning a bit.
  • To make the garlic sauce more mellow, soak the garlic cloves in ice water for 30 minutes.
  • Make sure to follow the directions fully.
  • Add the oil and lemon juice slowly. Otherwise, when you add them quickly the emulsification will fail and the sauce will break.
  • You can chill your oil before using if your food processor gets warm too quickly. 
  • Sometimes the emulsion will break since there isn’t a binder, which is okay. Mix 1/4 cup of broken emulsion with 2 large egg whites in a food processor and mix until white and fluffy. Then slowly drizzle in the remaining broken emulsion while the food processor is running
  • Don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t work, I tried it numerous times on different food processors until I found what worked for me. 

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 9gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 7000mgPotassium: 631mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 74mgCalcium: 255mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Garlic Sauce, Middle Eastern Toum
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12 thoughts on “Garlic Sauce – Middle Eastern Toum

  1. Niema Abuhamoud says:

    5 stars
    So good! Made it exactly how she posted it and it came out so delicious! My hubby is picky sometimes with his food and he couldn’t stop eating it! Loved it and will make it again!

  2. Niema says:

    5 stars
    So good! Made it exactly how she posted it and it came out so delicious! My hubby is picky sometimes with his food and he couldn’t stop eating it! Loved it and will make it again!

  3. Kheirat says:

    5 stars
    LOVE!! So good and perfect consistency, and of course had it with the shawarma

  4. Candice says:

    5 stars
    Kills any restaurant garlic sauce…. I can never get a good garlic sauce anywhere, and now I don’t have to because I make it myself ! This is the best recipe; so delicious every time, but you must follow the steps exactly for it to turn out perfect !! Definitely worth it and so easy (:

  5. Maram says:

    5 stars
    Okay so toum is so intimidating because i tried a different recipe before and i always ended up with oily garlic water lol. I love that you have all thr steps laid out and detailed, this worked perfectly for me and its the best toum i have ever tasted

  6. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    This has to be one of the best!

  7. Sharon says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! If mine isn’t fluffy enough sometimes I add a little bit of crushed ice

  8. Sheza says:

    5 stars
    Tried this today, and I’m so bummed!! This turned out absolutely spot on!!! I followed step by step and got the perfect creamy texture… Sooo Amaazing! I removed half and stored in an airtight glass jar, the other half that was in the processor- I did a quick press and it just turned into liquid!! Now I have a half perfect creamy texture Toum and a half liquid/ runny version! Definitely know when to stop next! But sooo soo good! The kids were finger licking it off the spoons 😂😂

    1. Fatimah says:

      haha so glad you figured out what to do!

  9. Tara Sike says:

    5 stars
    So easy to make. Authentic! The garlic taste is not so overpowering. Just perfect. Love to always make it and leave it in my fridge.

  10. Valerie says:

    Total fail!! I followed the steps and measurements and my sauce was complete liquid 🙁

    1. Fatimah says:

      Hi! It can happen with Toum unfortunately. Sometimes you’re adding the liquids too fast, or your food processor isnt as powerful. The emulsification is really delicate and can mess up quickly unfortunately. Till this day, this recipe, or any other one, can mess up!

5 from 9 votes

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