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Greek Yogurt Cheese

Strain Greek yogurt in a cheesecloth for a few days to make a healthy yogurt cheese! Creamy, spreadable, and packed with protein!

Greek Yogurt Cheese spread

Bringing to you what is likely the simplest recipe I’ve ever made for this site. While everyone else is fervently laboring over each detail of their Thanksgiving meal, I’m just like…cheese. A bit analogous to my life at the moment. Like figuratively and because I’m literally moving to Holland, land of the kaas. So anyways, here’s some Greek yogurt cheese.

Greek Yogurt Cheese

Even more simple than my culinary frame of mind at the moment? My utensils. I may have been a bit preemptive in selling all of my silverware, with three weeks still to go until I actually move. So aside from the two forks I’ve stolen borrowed from my work, it’s all plasticware from here folks!

Greek Yogurt Cheese

How to make yogurt cheese

Making this yogurt cheese is as easy as straining your Greek yogurt! Spoon it into cheesecloth (or a few layer of paper towels), then placed in a strainer set over a bowl. Put the whole contraption in the fridge and let moisture drip out of the yogurt for a few days.

Greek Yogurt Cheese balls in a jar

The result will be ultra thick and creamy Greek Yogurt Cheese spread that’s perfect for spreading onto bagels, crackers, or pizza!

Greek Yogurt Cheese spread onto crackers
Greek Yogurt Cheese spread onto crackers
Greek Yogurt Cheese

Greek Yogurt Cheese

Make Greek yogurt cheese with just Greek yogurt! Creamy, spreadable, and healthy!
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Course: Dips, Sauces, and Salsas, Snacks
Cuisine: American, Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: Greek yogurt cheese, yogurt cheese
Diet: Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Vegetarian
Occasion: Game Day, Thanksgiving
Time: 60 minutes or more
Prep: 1 d 10 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
5 from 3 votes


  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt 450 g
  • 1 tsp olive oil 5 mL
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Optional: more oil for storage


  • Prep: Scoop Greek yogurt onto the center of a large cheesecloth or onto a few paper towels. Wrap so Greek yogurt is completely encompassed in the cloth, and set into a mesh strainer.
  • Strain: Set strainer over a large bowl and place a heavy can or two on top to help squeeze out the whey liquid. Allow yogurt to strain for 1 to 3 days in the fridge, or until liquid is no longer dripping out of the yogurt.
  • Flavor: Unwrap cloth and scoop cheese into a bowl. With a spoon or spatula, mix in olive oil and salt, adding more of either to suit your taste.
  • Shape: You can store this in log or ball form. For logs, shape cheese into a log, wrap in parchment paper, and store in the fridge. For cheese balls, roll yogurt cheese into small balls with clean hands. Store in a jar of olive or canola oil in the fridge.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 111mg
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  1. Jennifer Dodrill @ All-In-One-Mom says:

    This sounds good, and unique! I will be trying this!

  2. candy says:

    Love this. Plain on trying this as soon as holidays are over.

  3. Hayli says:

    Im going to have to try this. I always use greek yogurt in alfredo sauce to make it a little more healthy

    1. Sarah says:

      Greek yogurt is awesome as a sub for so many types of creams! I’ve never tried it in alfredo sauce but I bet it’s great!

  4. This is so awesome! I am definitely going to make this. My Dad is a pilot. He always brings me a small wheel of cheese when he goes to Holland!

    1. Sarah says:

      Oh goodness, ask him to bring you back stroopwafels next time! They’re little waffle, caramel cookies that have a decent amount of love and magic baked into them. Like I’m pretty excited to be surrounded by all the Dutch cheese, but I’m WAY excited about the stroopwafels.

  5. Becki S says:

    This looks tasty and easy for both parties or if you’re snacking at home alone. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This sounds like my idea of perfection. I love Greek recipes and they are so good for you too.

  7. Anjali says:

    Really simple method to make yogurt cheese, thanks for this useful information your articles really good for me. Thanks for making my life easier.5 stars

  8. Karen Icenogle says:

    This is a genius recipe! Easy, healthy, and delicious! I am on a journey to reset my eating habinets and this is so welcome in my new plan! Thank you!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear you’re excited about it Karen! 😀 Good luck with your habit resetting. It can be difficult but so worth it!

  9. C.L.D says:

    Sarah I don’t have cheese clothe but do have coffee filters?as possible substitute? Wish me luck.☺CinDe

    1. Sarah says:

      Yes that would work! 😀

  10. Kiki says:

    This is amazing with some herbs mixed in too.

    1. Sarah says:

      Oooh nice tip, Kiki! 😀