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Crème Fraiche Substitutes

Crème Fraiche Substitutes

If you are all out of crème fraiche and need it for your recipe no need to fear! There are a number of great substitutes you can use and you will learn everything you need to know about how to use them here.

Whether you are making a delicious crème fraiche dessert, creamy soup, or rich dip there is a crème fraiche alternative for you.

So what are the best crème fraiche substitutes?

The top crème fraiche substitutes are sour cream, Greek yogurt, cream cheese, Mexican crema, and buttercream with heavy cream.

Crème Fraiche Alternatives

crème fraiche

Creme fraiche is prized for it’s thick consistency and delicious flavor. It is used the world over in desserts, soups and more.

It offers a flavor reminiscent of sour cream and tends to be a bit pricey compared to more commonly used cheeses.

When looking to replace crème fraiche we need to consider not only it’s flavor, but the fact that creme fraiche has a relatively low water content. Each of the highlighted crème fraiche substitutes on this list will meet your needs so you don’t have to guess on what to use.

But how do you use each of these crème fraiche alternatives and which is best for your recipe?

Well we have you covered, read on for the answer to all your questions.

Sour Cream

bowl of sour cream

Sour cream is my go to substitute for crème fraiche. It offers a similar flavor and it’s naturally creamy texture makes it ideal for any recipe that calls for crème fraiche.

Sour cream can be used in everything from desserts, to soups, to dinner recipes and dips. There is no issue in replacing crème fraiche with sour cream.


1 cup of sour cream equals 1 cup crème fraiche

Related: Sour Cream vs Cottage Cheese

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt in serving dish

Greek yogurt provides the flavor, consistency, and bulk needed to replace crème fraiche in any recipe.

Keep in mind that Greek yogurt offers a lower fat content than crème fraiche, but it works wonderfully in all types of recipes, from sweet to savory.


1 cup of Greek Yogurt equals 1 cup crème fraiche

Related: How to Fix Grainy Homemade Yogurt

Cream Cheese

cream cheese dip in serving bowl

This kitchen staple is a solid option when substituting for crème fraiche. It offers just the right amount of tangy flavor that allows it to be used in all types of recipes.

Keep in mind that cream cheese is thicker than crème fraiche but you can always thin it with a little milk if needed.


3/4 cup cream cheese equals 1 cup crème fraiche

Related: Cream Cheese Substitutes

Mexican Crema

bowl of Mexican Crema

This delicious crème fraiche alternative has a sweeter flavor than crème fraiche but can be used in just about any recipe that calls for it.

While I wouldn’t use it in a baked recipe, it will work great as a dip or topping. Or you could mix it with cream cheese (equal parts) and use the mixture in any type of recipe.


1 cup Mexican crema equals 1 cup crème fraiche

Heavy Cream with Buttercream

heavy cream and buttercream in jar

Making your own creme fraiche is quite easy and all you need is heavy cream and buttercream.

Get out a glass jar with a lid and add a couple cups of heavy cream and two tablespoons of buttercream.

Loosely cover and leave it at room temperature for one day. The longer it sits, the thicker your homemade crème fraiche will be.

Just be careful that your mixture isn’t in direct sunlight or exposed to extreme temperatures.

Related: How to Thicken Heavy Cream

Crème Fraiche Replacements FAQ

Can I substitute cream cheese for crème fraiche?

Yes, cream cheese is a good replacement for crème fraiche. Cream cheese is thicker than crème fraiche so you may want to thin it with milk or other dairy product before adding it to your recipe.

Can I use heavy cream instead of crème fraiche?

Heavy cream alone is too thin to be used as a crème fraiche substitute. But when mixed with buttercream you can make homemade crème fraiche.

Simply add 2 cups of heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of buttercream to a glass jar and cover loosely. Leave at room temperature for up to 24 hours and your homemade crème fraiche is ready to use.

Can Greek yogurt substitute for creme fraiche?

Yes, Greek yogurt is an excellent substitute for crème fraiche in all types of recipes. It’s tangy flavor and creamy texture lend it well to both sweet and savory dishes.

Can I use mayo instead of creme fraiche?

You can use mayonnaise in place of crème fraiche. The fat content in mayo is lower but not so much to cause an issue with most recipes.

Can I use milk instead of crème fraiche?

No, milk alone is too thin to be used instead of crème fraiche. Milk can be mixed with cream cheese to make a suitable substitute. Use no more than one part milk to one part cream cheese though.

What is the best substitute for crème fraiche in pasta?

The best substitute for creme fraiche in pasta recipes is sour cream. You can use a 1:1 ratio when using sour cream.

Greek yogurt is another option for using in pasta recipes.