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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 on a plate with crackers and tomatoes

Bringing to you what is likely the simplest recipe I’ve ever made for this site. In that is has just one ingredient – Greek yogurt.

The concept is simple, strain Greek yogurt for a few days to remove most of the moisture, resulting in an ultra-creamy and spreadable cheese!

This recipe is very similar to labneh, a fresh Middle Eastern Cheese. The only difference is that labneh uses regular yogurt, while we’re using Greek yogurt here. Greek yogurt has a different straining process that leaves it higher in protein, calcium, and with a slightly sour taste. So grab yourself a jar of Greek yogurt and let’s make some cheese!

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Greek Yogurt: Use store bought or make your own Greek yogurt. If needed, you can also use regular yogurt here.
  • Olive Oil: A dash of extra virgin olive oil gives this cheese a creamier mouth feel. It can be omitted if you’re avoiding oils.
  • Salt: Finally, a sprinkle of salt brings out the rich flavors!
Greek yogurt cheese on a plate with crackers and tomatoes

How to make yogurt cheese

Making this yogurt cheese is as easy as straining your Greek yogurt! Spoon it into cheesecloth (or a clean cloth), then place it in a strainer set over a bowl.

Greek yogurt in a strainer

Set something heavy on top (like a canned good) to help press out the moisture. Put the whole contraption in the fridge and let moisture drip out of the yogurt for a few days.

Pressing Greek yogurt cheese in a bowl with a can

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

Thick Greek yogurt cheese in a bowl

I love to add a dash of oil, which brings a richer mouthfeel and flavor. I also highly recommend salt, which balances out the sour tones.

Thick Greek yogurt cheese with olive oil

Variations on this yogurt cheese

This Greek yogurt cheese is delicious on it’s own, but it can also be flavored up! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Herbs: Mix in fresh or dried herbs, like rosemary, thyme, or sage.
  • Premade Seasonings: Ready-to-go seasonings, like the Everything Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s, are great for flavoring this cheese.
  • Chive and Onions: Add a dash of onion powder and fresh or dried chives.
  • Mediterranean: Finely diced olives and roasted red bell peppers for a Mediterranean flavor.
Greek yogurt cheese on a plate with crackers and tomatoes
Greek yogurt cheese on a plate with crackers and tomatoes

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: 38kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
5 from 6 votes

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Prep: Scoop Greek yogurt onto the center of a large cheesecloth or clean cloth. 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 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 and it is thick.
  • 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. Add optional flavor variations (see notes).
  • 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.

NOTES

Variations: This Greek yogurt cheese is delicious on it’s own, but it can also be flavored up! Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Herbs: Mix in fresh or dried herbs, like rosemary, thyme, or sage.
  • Premade Seasonings: Ready-to-go seasonings, like the Everything Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s, are great for flavoring this cheese.
  • Chive and Onions: Add a dash of onion powder and fresh or dried chives.
  • Mediterranean: Add finely diced olives and roasted red bell peppers.

NUTRITION

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.8g | Protein: 4.6g | Fat: 1.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1.8g | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 0mg
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  1. candy says:

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

  2. 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!

  3. Jennifer Dodrill @ All-In-One-Mom says:

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

  4. Kathryn With Going Zero Waste says:

    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. Ana De- Jesus says:

    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! 😀

  11. Sandy Worth says:

    I’m just making my first batch of Greek yoghurt, but now I wish I had made the full recipe ( I made half batch )
    I love Cream cheese and as I’m trying to keep to a keto diet it’s just right for me.
    After I’ve made the basic cream cheese from your recipe I am going to add chopped avocado, small amount of almost purée spring onions and a little 🌶 chili ready for a tasty dip. Thank you for the recipe. I hope you are enjoying living in Holland, my friends own a vegetarian group Restraunt.in Amsterdam and else where Called Poke Perfect lovely vegetarian food.

    1. Sarah says:

      Yum that cream cheese sounds AMAZING! And I’ll have to look out for that restaurant next time I’m in Amsterdam, I love sushi bowls! 😀

  12. Mia says:

    I make “Labneh” like this all the time, totally a staple in my fridge, it’s absolutely delicious and feels more virtuous, hooray for probiotics, than cream cheese.5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      Ah so awesome! I looove how rich it is like cream cheese! 😀

  13. Laurie says:

    I just heard about this and I am on my second batch. It is outstanding. I love it! Thanks for the add-in suggestions.

    1. Sarah says:

      Yay! Enjoy! 😀

  14. Tracy says:

    Can this Greek yogurt cream cheese be used to make a cheesecake? Baked or no-bake cheese cake?

    1. Sarah says:

      Yep! You should be able to use it as you would any other Greek yogurt. I haven’t tried using it in cheesecake though, so you’d have to find a recipe for that. Probably no bake!

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