Cream Substitutes

Looking for a substitute for heavy cream? Many great substitutes exist for heavy cream including sour cream, yogurt and milk if you substitute according our table. If you need a light cream substitute, heavy cream substitute, a whipping cream substitute, a half and half substitute or even a whipped cream substitute use this table to find a substitute that will work , in your recipe. A suitable substitute for cream or substitute for sour cream can be found below.

People most often look for a substitute for sour cream because they don't use sour cream that often and thus find some colorful mold on the top when they open the container so they need a quick sour cream substitute. A heavy cream substitute is needed if your heavy cream smells like sour cream.

So, check the table below to find a proper substitute for cream in your recipe. If the cream substitute is just appropriate for baking, it is noted in the table of cream substitutes below.

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Cream Substitutes

Cream Amount Substitute
Sour Cream substitute 1 Cup 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice plus enough Cream to make 1 Cup
*OR* 1 cup Plain or Greek Yogurt
*OR* 3/4 Cup Buttermilk mixed with 1/3 Cup soft Butter
*OR* 6 ounces of Cottage Cheese blended with 1 teaspoon of Lemon juice
Light Cream substitute 1 Cup 3/4 Cup Milk +plus 3 Tablespoons melted butter or margarine (*for use in baking and cooking)
*OR* 1 cup Evaporated Milk
Half and Half substitute 1 Cup 1/2 Cup Whole Milk +plus 1/2 Cup Light Cream
*OR* 3/4 Cup Whole Milk +plus 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
*OR* 7/8 Cup Milk +plus 1/2 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine
*OR* 1 cup Evaporated Milk
Heavy Cream substitute 1 Cup 3/4 Cup milk +plus 1/3 Cup Butter or Margarine (*for use in baking or cooking)
*OR* 2/3 Cup Buttermilk +plus 1/3 Cup Oil
*OR* 1/2 Cup part skim Ricotta Cheese +plus 1/2 Cup nonfat yogurt (Blend this well)
*OR* 1 Cup Whipping Cream
Whipped Cream substitute 1 Cup Whip a can of completely chilled Evaporated Milk (13oz) with 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Of course, frozen whipped topping or Cool Whip can be substituted for whipped cream at any time once thawed.

A substitute for sour cream or other creams can result in a slightly different taste or texture in your final recipe results, depending on the complexity of ingredients involved.

For more information on half and half substitutes, check our blog post on half and half.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.