Looking for an alternative to Yoghurt? You’re in the right place! Keep reading for my favourite simple Yoghurt substitutes both dairy and dairy-free.
What is Yoghurt?
Yoghurt also spelled yogurt, yogourt or yoghourt is a a delicious dairy product made by fermenting milk with lactic acid bacteria cultures which give it a fresh tangy flavour and thicken the texture so it looks more like whipped cream.
What’s the different between natural yoghurt and greek yoghurt?
Traditional Greek Yoghurts regular yoghurt that has been strained to remove some of the whey which makes them thicker and creamier. Commercial Greek Yoghurts often have full cream milk powder added so that the yoghurt has a similar thicker and creamier texture. It’s generally around 10% fat where as regular yoghurt is usually 4% fat or less.
The Best Yoghurt Substitutes – Dairy
1. Crème Fraîche or Sour Cream
If I don’t have yoghurt in the fridge, a sour cream is my go-to substitute. Yoghurts contain a lot less fat (approx 4%) compared to regular Crème Fraîche / Sour Cream (approx 35% fat) so it will be richer and slightly less acidic but generally this isn’t a problem.
2. Double Cream
A thick dollop of double cream will be sweeter and richer than yoghurt which may or may not be a good thing.
3. Lemon Whipped Cream
Whipped cream won’t have the acidity of yoghurt so adding a squeeze of lemon and/or some lemon zest will make up for the tangy flavour.
In baking buttermilk will work for cakes but. For savoury cooking buttermilk is much less thick so won’t be ideal but then better than nothing.
5. Cottage Cheese
Sometimes instead of having yoghurt and seeds or berries for afternoon tea I buy a tub of cottage cheese instead. I love its nubbly texture and more cheesy flavour.
Will work in a similar way to cottage cheese without the bumpy bits.
The Best Dairy-Free Yoghurt Substitutes
1. Cashew ‘Yoghurt’
I love making this fresh creamy sauce using cashews and lime juice or lemon. It is delicious in it’s own right but it’s a handy dairy-free alternative to Yoghurt.
2. Pine Nut ‘Sauce’
A similar idea to the cashew sauce above using pine nuts instead. Recipe here.
3. Avocado or Guacamole
In recipes where you are just dolloping on the yoghurt as a sauce I often use mashed avocado or some guac. Don’t use in baked goods, unless you think you won’t notice the green colour and avocadoey flavour.
Another option to replace yoghurt when you’re just looking for a sauce to dollop on things. This Almond Hummus recipe will work in a similar way.
In savoury recipes where the yoghurt is being added at the end (ie. not cooked), mayonnaise will be a much richer alternative but can be a good change.
6. Coconut Yoghurt
There are plenty of good commercial coconut yoghurt options on the market. Just be careful as some have sweetener added which may not be so great in savoury dishes.
How to Store Yoghurt
Yoghurt can be stored for months in the refrigerator. I generally ignore the best before date and eat it even weeks after it is out of date. As long as there’s no mold growing on it. Don’t freeze as the yoghurt will split when defrosted.
Yoghurt Goes with…
- Berries & Yoghurt
- Mayonnaise & Yoghurt
- Tahini & Yoghurt
- Dill & Yoghurt
- Cake & Yoghurt
- Herbs & Yoghurt
More Ingredient Substitutes
- The Ultimate Guide to Vegetable Substitutes
- Collard Greens
- Miso Paste
- Oyster Sauce
Also see see the Simple Ingredients Substitutes Index.
Have fun in the kitchen!