Looking for an alternative to Roquefort Cheese? You’re in the right place! Keep reading for my favourite simple Roquefort substitutes both dairy-free (below) and ideas containing dairy.
What is Roquefort Cheese?
Roquefort Cheese is a blue cheese from a specific geographical region in Southern France made with blue Penicillium moulds. It is one of the most famous blue cheeses and has a strong distinctive flavour.
Roquefort Substitutes (Dairy)
1. Other Blue Cheese
Only blue cheese from a certain region in France is permitted to be called Roquefort, blue cheeses from other countries such as gorgonzola, blue castello or stilton can work well as alternatives.
2. Goats Cheese
Fresh goats cheese is tangier but lacks the distinctive ‘blue’ flavour of Roquefort. However, the creamy texture and freshness will work well pretty much everywhere you’d normally use Roquefort.
3. Cream Cheese
Similar to goats cheese but even less tangy and milder in flavour cream cheese will work fine to replace Roquefort cheese. Especially in dishes where there are a lot of other strong flavours.
The texture of feta is dryer and more crumbly than most Roquefort. The flavour is saltier and not as complex but I often use feta when I don’t have any Roquefort in the fridge. Just be mindful of the salt and be prepared to use less seasoning in your dish.
5. Persian Feta
Persian feta is generally marinated in oil and has a lovely tangy flavour and creamy texture that is a good match. You will be equally happy to have it scattered on your salad.
6. Cottage Cheese
Milder and creamier and way less flavoursome, cottage cheese will be better than nothing to replace your hunks of Roquefort cheese.
Will work in a similar way to cottage cheese without the bumpy bits.
The texture of halloumi is significantly harder and more crumbly. Plus the flavour is way more salty but it will provide a similar substance and cheesy goodness.
Shaved parmesan has a stronger more savoury cheesey flavour profile to Roquefort. The colour is more yellow and the texture much harder and dryer but it will add similar bursts of flavour and umami.
10. Greek Yoghurt
Yoghurt of course is more liquid so won’t work in all areas but can provide an alternative source of tangy, creamy goodness.
This creamy ‘cheese’ made from yoghurt isn’t as firm as Roquefort but it adds a lovely tang anywhere you’d normally use blue cheese.
Dairy-Free & Vegan Roquefort Substitutes
1. Roast Nuts
For texture and big flavour hit roast walnuts will take your dish in a different direction but it won’t be lacking in flavour or crunch. Other nuts like almonds, pinenuts, pistachios, macadamias or cashews will all work in a similar manner.
If you’re looking for a salty, briny burst of flavour, a handful of olives is the second best dairy-free and vegan alternative to Roquefort.
This is a bit of an unusual idea but adding a big dollop of creamy hummus can add the tang and substance you’d otherwise get from Roquefort.
Chunks of avo will add creamy goodness and substance to your dish. For an even closer match add in a squeeze of lemon or lime.
Works in a similar way to hummus.
6. Sun Dried Tomatoes
A similar idea to olives, sun dried tomatoes are bursting with flavour and will add a little sweetness to your dish instead of a salt hit.
Work in a similar way to olives. Salted capers will be the best choice although capers in vinegar are better than nothing.
Can I use Gorgonzola instead of Roquefort?
Yes! The flavour profiles will be slightly different but not necessarily in a bad way.
Are Roquefort and bleu cheese the same?
Roquefort is a special type of blue cheese that comes from a specific region in France.
Which is stronger blue cheese or Roquefort?
Of course it depends on the blue cheese but Roquefort is quite strong so most blue cheese will be milder in comparison. Some stiltons will be stronger than Roquefort.
Can Roquefort cheese be frozen?
Absolutely. Just place it in a ziplock bag and remove as much air as possible before sealing and freezing.
How to Store Roquefort
Roquefort in sealed packages 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 it still smells pleasantly blue cheesey.
Once opened I store Roquefort in glass jars or sealed plastic bags. Because the Penicillium roqueforti mould likes to spread to other cheese, I store blue cheeses separately to other cheese.
It can be frozen although there’s generally no need because it lasts so long in the fridge.
Roquefort Goes with…
- Dates & Roquefort
- Celery & Roquefort
- Eggs & Roquefort
- Parsley & Roquefort
- Sage & Roquefort
- Proscuitto & Roquefort
- Balsamic & Roquefort
- Walnuts & Roquefort
More Ingredient Substitutes
- Blue Cheese
- Crème Fraîche
- Double Cream
- Greek Yoghurt
- Goats Cheese
- Feta Cheese
- Halloumi Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
- Pecorino Substitutes
- Sour Cream
I hope you found some creative ideas for easy Roquefort substitutes.
For more ideas see the Simple Ingredients Substitutes Index.
Have fun in the kitchen!