Are there any available substitutes for greek yogurt?

I don't have any in the fridge. Looking for a substitution besides regular yogurt or any yogurt based substitution. Looking to make a creamy like cold sauce for fish tacos.

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    Related (actually pretty much a duplicate): cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/2902/…
    – ghoppe
    Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 23:26
  • @ghoppe saw that thread. That's germane to the difference between regular yogurt and greek yogurt. While I agree regular yogurt would be a substitution; it doesn't directly answer the question.
    – chrisjlee
    Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 2:07
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    It depends completely on what you want to do with it. If you are baking it in a batter, no non-yogurt substitution will function. If you are making a salad dressing, you could use mayonnaise and still get a good salad. In between, there are various degrees of sensitivity.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 7:19

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Sour cream could work. It has a similar flavor to plain greek yogurt, although the consistency is somewhat different. In fact, My fiance and I have switched to using greek yogurt in place of sour cream because of this since sour cream is higher in calories. I think it would be just fine for a sauce.

  • I was thinking this, exactly. I have often seen greek yogurt used as a substitution for sour cream, so it would make sense if it worked the other way as well. Especially in the OP's original usage for a cold sauce for fish tacos.
    – Tara
    Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 15:10
  • Thumbs UP - was making hummus that called for Greek yogurt and didn't have any - used sour cream and it's delicious. Have made this with Greek yogurt in the past and I have to say - I think it's BETTER with sour cream.
    – user37431
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 13:58

For cooking, or putting a dallop on top of a bowl of soup? Try crème fraiche.


Greek expat here; while roaming in various countries, I often stumble across yogurt variants that tend to be too liquid for my taste ;)

Here is what to do in that case: take said yogurt and pass it through fine cloth (typically this is a clean/unused kitchen towel). Discard the liquid and keep the now much thicker yogurt for your needs. Hint: this works brilliantly for preparing tzatziki!

Advice: never fail to buy some greek yogurt when you find it available, as a minimum to use it as reference in thickness/taste for whatever else you want to compare with! Also, remember, higher price may just imply quality.

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    While this is certainly good information, I don't see how it answers the question. The OP specifically says they are looking for something besides yogurt.
    – Cindy
    Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 12:29
  • well, the method described allows you to take several liquid yogurt(-like products) and convert them to thick variants, much closer in texture to Greek yogurt. The case is oftentimes, that stores around you have those liquid ones - fi. this was happening to me all the time while living in Amsterdam.
    – fgeorgatos
    Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 9:20
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    I get that and, again, it's good information. But the OP specifically states that they want a substitute other than regular yogurt or something yogurt-based.
    – Cindy
    Commented Oct 16, 2017 at 9:28

You can use mashed baking bananas (plantains) to substitute for greek yogurt.

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