Skordalia, as we read in Wikipedia, is a pleonastic compound of the Greek word skordo (meaning garlic) and the Italian agliata (meaning garlicky). In the Ionian islands which were under Venetian rule for many years they call it aliada. Skordalia may be the modern equivalient of ancient skorthalmi.

Skordalia is a dip made by combining crushed garlic and mashed potatoes or stale bread (soaked in water) and nuts, and then olive oil is added to make a smooth emulsion. In the past they used tο crash the garlic with salt by mortar and pestle but nowadays we make it in a food processor or blender. Traditionally we serve it with Bakaliaros (salted codfish) a battered-fried fish, especially during the great Lent period when abstaining from meat, fish and dairy products for fifty days we are allowed to eat fish on Annunciation Day (25th March) and on Palm Sunday (which is the last Sunday before Easter).

Skordalia is also served with fried vegetables such as eggplant and zucchini or boiled beetroot as well as poached fish.

Skordalia (Garlic Dip)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time:  30 minutes

Makes: 2 cups


  • 1 cup of stale bread (without the crust) after being soaked and water squeezed out
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 3 – 4 cloves of garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of wine vinegar
  • or substitute first 2 ingredients with 2 medium potatoes boiled and mashed


  1. In a food processor or a blender, puree garlic, salt and 1/3rd of olive oil.
  2. Add vinegar and walnuts, keeping 2 tablespoons for the end.
  3. Gradually add olive oil and bread (or potatoes) and continue until you attain the consistency of a thick sauce.
  4. Before ending add the remaining two tablespoons of walnuts which just crush with your fingers into small pieces and mix into the sauce.
  5. Refrigerate covered for at least one hour before serving.

You can find my Greek recipes in my cookbooks «More Than A Greek Salad», and«Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!» both available on all Amazon stores. Read more here.


Other related Recipes:

Bakaliaros (Beer Batted Cod)


Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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8 Comments on Skordalia

  1. Peter M says:

    You’re Ivy, I’ll bring over the kolokothakia and we enjoy that skordalia together!

  2. sunita says:

    That’s such a lovely dip…thanks for sending it over…like the cod too :-)

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  4. Cheryl says:

    Going to pethera's tomorrow, I'm sure it's going to be on the table. LOVE it! Have a nice day Ivy. :)

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  7. tanaya says:

    i like this dish Skordalia, thanks for sharing..

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