Dairy Hacks: Best Sour Cream Substitute?


Sour cream is a popular dairy product typically used as a dip in sauces, salads, and baked goods.

Sour cream is produced by fermenting regular cream with lactic acid bacteria. With its creamy and tangy taste, many people like sour cream in their food, although some don’t want or can’t have it in their food for various reasons.

If you’re looking for sour cream substitutes, here are a few equally delicious suggestions.

Sour Cream Substitutes

Greek Yogurt This is a common substitute for sour cream because it has the same consistency. Moreover, it has lower calories and fat and higher protein content, making it a healthier choice for the diet-conscious. Use the same amount of Greek yogurt in recipes as a replacement for sour cream.

Crème Fraiche Sounds fancy? While it may sound intimidating, crème fraiche is the same as regular cream, only with an additional ingredient: bacterial culture. Crème fraiche is slightly similar to sour cream in taste and texture.

Crème fraiche, however, is calorie-dense and may not be ideal for those who are watching their diet. To substitute in sour cream, use the same amount called for.

Buttermilk Buttermilk is tangy like sour cream but has a thinner consistency. It is a great substitute as far as flavor is concerned, and is recommended mainly in dressings and baked goods.

Heavy Cream and Lemon Juice Mixing a tablespoon of lemon juice with a cup of heavy cream creates a substitute that is somewhat closer in texture and taste to sour cream. Use it in recipes calling for sour cream in baked goods, dressings, and other sauces.

Heavy Cream, Yogurt, and Mayonnaise Like the others, this is also a fat and calorie-dense substitute, and may not be recommended for the diet-conscious. But take note that this is among the excellent sour cream substitutes you may come across. To prepare, blend an equal proportion of each: heavy cream, yogurt, and mayonnaise.

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