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Whether you’re on a dairy-free diet, looking to reduce your fat intake, or simply out of cream cheese, we’ve got you covered. Below you will find 9 of the Best Cream Cheese Substitutes that are perfect for just about anything you’re making. Plus, we’ve even included a recipe for homemade cream cheese!

Homemade Cream Cheese Substitute Recipe

This homemade cream cheese is rich, creamy, and flavorful. It's so easy to make and is a perfect subsitute if you are running out of store-bought cream cheese.
Keyword Homemade Cream Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Izzy


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Add milk to a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until it starts to boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add lemon juice, stirring constantly. Cook until the mixture curdles.
  • Continue to cook and stir for a few minutes until the mixture has separated completely. When you see green liquid at the bottom and thick curdles on the top, remove the pan from the heat.
  • Place a sieve over a large bowl. Then line a cheesecloth on top.
  • Pour the mixture on top of the cheesecloth, and strain the mixture. Allow it to sit and cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the curd to a food processor and blend for about 4 minutes or until it has become smooth.
  • Season with salt to taste. Transfer it to an air-tight container and store it in the fridge. It’ll last 1-2 weeks.