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Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)

This Garlic Sauce (Toum) is a popular condiment in Lebanese restaurants served often with chicken; made with only 4 ingredients: garlic, oil, lemon and salt
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 32 servings
Calories 193kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 1 cup garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 3 cups neutral oil such as safflower
  • ½ cup lemon juice


  • Slice the garlic cloves in half lengthwise and remove any green sprouts.
  • Transfer the sliced garlic cloves into a food processor and add the kosher salt to the garlic cloves. Process for a minute until the garlic becomes finely minced. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the food processor afterwards.
  • While the food processor is running, slowly pour one to two tablespoons of oil, then stop and scrape down the bowl. Continue adding another tablespoon or two until the garlic starts looking creamy.
  • Once the garlic looks emulsified by the few tablespoons of oil, increase the speed of pouring the oil and alternate with the 1/2 cup of lemon juice until all the oil and lemon juice is incorporated. This will take about 15 minutes to complete.
  • Transfer the sauce into a glass container and cover with a paper towel in the fridge overnight. Makes about 4 cups.
  • The next day, replace the paper towel with an airtight lid and keep in the fridge for up to 3 months.



Recipe: This recipe was adapted from Maureen Abood
Storage: Store the Lebanese Garlic Sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months. Over time, the flavor of the garlic will become more subtle but it will stay fresh and tasty.
Process Tip: One quick way to peel a lot of garlic is to place them in a large empty jar and shake it vigorously. It helps to release most of the cloves from the peel.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is and do not substitute anything.
Equipment: I used the Cuisinart Elite Food Processor (affiliate link) to make the garlic sauce. It emulsifies as it breaks down the garlic and creates the light and airy texture. Best part it can be on for over 20 minutes without heating up and shutting off.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg