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Lebanese Garlic Sauce Recipe (Toum)

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  • 3 garlic bulbs, peeled
  • 4 cups of light olive oil
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of salt and add extra to taste


  • Before starting, ensure all ingredients are at room temperature
  • Add the garlic and salt in a food processor and run for 20 seconds
  • Stop processor and scrape garlic down the sides and process until garlic turns pasty and looks crushed. This should take just under 2 minutes.
  • Slowly add olive oil, ½ a cup at a time, as the food processor is on. The mix should start to emulsify.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of lemon juice until combined
  • Repeat above process with olive oil and lemon juice until all ingredients are used. This process should take up to 10 minutes.
  • The consistency should be quite thick and liquid in consistency

This sauce can be used as a dip and as a marinade for poultry and/or red meat.