Tempting Thoom: The Ultimate Garlic Sauce


Indulge in the robust and pungent world of Thoom, a traditional Middle Eastern garlic sauce known for its intense flavor and creamy texture. A staple in many kitchens, Thoom is a versatile condiment that enhances dishes with its powerful garlic punch and smooth, emulsified consistency. Whether used as a dip, spread, or a complement to grilled meats and vegetables, Thoom promises to elevate your culinary creations with its bold and irresistible taste.

Tempting Thoom: The Ultimate Garlic Sauce

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: Yields about 1 cup
  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 50 kcal
  • Protein: 0.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Cholesterol: 0mg


  • Fresh garlic cloves, peeled: 30g (0.07 lbs / 1 oz)
  • Salt: 2g (0.004 lbs / 0.07 oz)
  • Lemon juice: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Ice water: 60ml (2 oz)
  • Vegetable oil or olive oil: 240ml (8 oz)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Blend Garlic and Salt: In a food processor, blend garlic and salt until finely minced.
  2. Emulsify with Oil: Slowly add oil in a thin stream while the processor is running, until the mixture starts to thicken.
  3. Add Lemon Juice and Ice Water: Alternate between adding lemon juice and ice water, continuing to blend until a creamy, mayonnaise-like consistency is achieved.
  4. Adjust Consistency: If too thick, add a little more ice water.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Quality of Garlic: Use fresh garlic for the best flavor.
  • Emulsification: Add oil slowly to ensure proper emulsification.
  • Taste Adjustment: Adjust lemon juice and salt to taste.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a blender instead of a food processor? 

Yes, but a food processor usually yields a better texture.

How long can Thoom be stored? 

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Is Thoom vegan? 

Yes, Thoom is naturally vegan.