What Can I Use in Place of Sour Cream?

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Whether you've run out of sour cream or are looking for a healthier or cheaper alternative, there are plenty of other options that can substitute for the taste and texture of sour cream whether you're cooking, baking or just want a low-fat replacement.

Plain Non-fat Yogurt

  • Plain, non-fat yogurt can replace sour cream in dips, dressings or as a garnish. For a thicker texture, strain the yogurt in cheesecloth or use plain Greek yogurt.

Cottage Cheese

  • To replace one cup of sour cream in a recipe, blend together one cup of cottage cheese and two tablespoons each of lemon juice and milk.

Creme Fraiche

  • Creme fraiche has a similar texture and consistency to sour cream, and it will not curdle when it is boiled. Substitute creme fraiche for sour cream in sauces, dips, dressings or desserts.

Buttermilk

  • Substitute one cup buttermilk for one cup of sour cream, or for a thicker consistency, combine seven-eighths cup buttermilk with three tablespoons butter or margarine.

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