Greek Yogurt As A Substitute For Common Ingredients

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Greek yogurt can come to the rescue to replace certain ingredients when you’re in a pinch, and it’s a great way to enhance favorite dishes. Whether you’re baking muffins or making lasagna, Greek yogurt is versatile enough for both sweet and savory dishes. Substitute Greek yogurt as a replacement when you’re out of a key ingredient, or to add tangy depth of flavor.

Greek yogurt is made when regular yogurt is strained to remove the liquid whey, resulting in a thicker, creamier, tarter yogurt. Compared to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt has twice the amount of protein (one serving typically has 15 grams) and about 14% less lactose, while still delivering 13 essential nutrients like calcium.


How to Use Greek Yogurt in Your Recipes

Incorporating Greek yogurt into your meals adds protein to keep you full longer while delivering dairy’s nine essential nutrients. See how you can start using Greek yogurt in your favorite recipes. Here's a conversion guide:

Use Greek Yogurt to Replace Replace With
 1 Cup Butter  1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt + 1/2 Cup Butter
 1 Cup Sour Cream  1 Cup Greek Yogurt
 1 Cup Heavy Cream  1 Cup Greek Yogurt
 1 Cup Mayo  1 Cup Greek Yogurt
 1 Cup Oil  1/3 Cup Oil + 2/3 Cup Greek Yogurt
 8 oz Cream Cheese  4 oz Cream Cheese + 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
 1 Cup Ricotta Cheese  1/2 Cup Ricotta Cheese + 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
 1 Cup Milk, Half and Half, or   Light Cream  3/4 Cup Milk, Half and Half, or Light Cream + 1/4   Cup Greek Yogurt


Substitute Greek Yogurt for Higher-Fat Ingredients

From traditional comfort foods to fresh baked goods, Greek yogurt can substitute oil and mayonnaise.

Oil: Replace oil with Greek yogurt when baking muffins, cakes and even waffles. Give these Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins or Double Blueberry Greek Yogurt Waffles a try.

Mayonnaise: Keep the creaminess by swapping Greek yogurt for mayonnaise at a 1:1 ratio in your favorite recipes – like in this Cajun Yogurt Remoulade.


Use Greek Yogurt When You’re Low on Your Favorite Dairy Ingredients

If you’re low on dairy ingredients, don’t fret. Greek yogurt can substitute milk, sour cream and heavy cream.

Milk: If you’re short on milk, half and half or light cream, Greek yogurt can be used to make up for the difference. If your recipe calls for one cup of milk, use three-quarter cup of milk and one-quarter cup of Greek yogurt instead. Check out this Pomegranate Smoothie or Cottage Cheesecake to see how it’s done.  

Sour Cream: Out of sour cream? Don’t worry, Greek yogurt can be used as the base in dips, like this Harissa Yogurt Dip.  

Butter: When you’re running low on butter, Greek yogurt can help. If your recipe calls for one cup of butter, use half a cup of butter and a quarter cup of Greek yogurt. Curious how to use Greek yogurt the next time you bake? Give these Gingerbread Breakfast Cookies a try.

Cream Cheese: When you substitute Greek yogurt for cream cheese, you’re keeping the creaminess without sacrificing any of the flavor. See for yourself by trying these Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars!

Ricotta Cheese: Lasagna without ricotta cheese? It can be done! Having some Greek yogurt on hand can save you a trip to the store the next time you run out of ricotta cheese, just like in this Baked Spaghetti Lasagna.

Heavy Cream: Greek yogurt is perfect for creamy dishes. It keeps the creaminess while adding protein, like in this Slow Cooker Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup.


Use Greek Yogurt as a Marinade

Greek yogurt is so versatile it can even be used as a marinade. The lactic acid and calcium in Greek yogurt work together to break down the protein in meat, leaving it tender and moist. Check out these Yogurt Marinated Pork Kabobs or this Yogurt Marinated Chicken.


Enhance Recipes

Thicken Soups and Sauces: Greek yogurt is another way to thicken soups and sauces, like in this Russian Stroganoff. Just make sure you mix Greek yogurt into your soup or sauce at the end to prevent it from separating.

Add Protein into Your Favorite Meals: Try adding Greek yogurt to your favorite meals for a boost from essential nutrients. Garnish your soup with a swirl of Greek yogurt or even add some to your hummus.


Our Favorite Recipes That Use Greek Yogurt

Looking for more recipes that use Greek yogurt? Give these a try:


Greek Yogurt Recipes for Breakfast 

Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt Bagels

Milk & Cereal Breakfast Popsicles

Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins


Lunch and Dinner Greek Yogurt Recipes

Zucchini Noodles With Greek Yogurt Romesco Sauce

Creamy Southwest Vegetarian Pasta Salad

Sunny Curry Chicken Satay

Blender Black Bean Soup

Steak and Arugula Salad with Walnut Dressing


Greek Yogurt Dessert Recipes

Balsamic Berry Shortcakes with Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream

Orange Cream Chiller

Roasted Strawberry Frozen Yogurt


Sides and Dips Made With Greek Yogurt

Creamy Avocado Dip

Creamy Brown Rice and Vegetable Pilaf

Coconut-Lime Street Corn