Whether you are dairy free for health reasons, allergies, or by choice, having an easy recipe for dairy-free sour cream makes cooking much easier.

Dairy-Free Sour Cream Substitute with Only 2 Ingredients

Whether you are dairy free for health reasons, allergies, or by choice, having an easy recipe for dairy-free sour cream makes cooking much easier. 

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A few years ago I found out I have a dairy allergy. It isn’t just lactose intolerance, but a true allergy. I was shocked since I love dairy products and would eat them all the time! But, knowing that, I have tried to do better for my body and come up with dairy-free alternatives made from simple ingredients.

Cooking from scratch is my favorite way to make meals for my family. It lets me control the ingredients as well as the taste of all our food. But finding out I needed to try to cook dairy-free food as much as possible threw a wrench into my typical meals. One of Tyler’s favorite meals, tacos, now became much harder. Not only did I have to find dairy-free cheese, but I also needed to find a vegan alternative for sour cream

Ryan and I used regular sour cream on a lot of meals including tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and any TexMex food we eat. So it was time to try out a few ways to make homemade dairy-free products and taste test for the best. While I was able to find a sour cream alternative that I like, Ryan still likes to stick to the real thing in his meals. 

The only sour cream I can find ready-made at the grocery store is from the Kite Hill brand. Theirs is made from almonds and almond milk. It has a creamy texture with the delicious taste of sour cream. While it’s a great option, I can’t always find it easily around my area. 

What Makes This Recipe Different?

There are plenty of recipes you can find online that include raw cashews, coconut cream and coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, tapioca starch, and other such ingredients. But those aren’t always easy to find either and can be time-consuming. 

Another issue with most of those recipes is the use of nuts. If you are looking for a nut-free sour cream recipe, this one is very easy, has a great taste, and doesn’t take a long time to make. My favorite recipes for homemade staples are those I can whip up ahead of time and have ready when I need them. 

For this recipe, you’ll need to purchase dairy-free Greek yogurt. Make sure to get Greek yogurt as it has a thicker texture than regular yogurt. Combine that with some lemon juice and you have a simple recipe with plant-based ingredients. There are a few different brands of dairy-free yogurt, but I prefer the brand called So Delicious. Hint: they also make delicious dairy-free ice cream, too!

Note: Most dairy-free options, including this homemade dairy-free sour cream, are thinner than traditional sour cream made with real dairy. While it works well for topping foods such as tacos and baked potatoes, it may not work as well in baking unless you thicken it with corn starch, arrowroot, flour, or chickpea protein powder. 

Dairy-Free Sour Cream Step by Step


  • 6 oz dairy-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice, fresh


Drain any excess liquid from the yogurt.

Stir the lemon juice into the yogurt and whisk until fully combined. You can do this in a separate container or prepare directly in the Greek yogurt container.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.

Dairy-Free Sour Cream Leftovers

Storage: Leftover dairy-free sour cream can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I like to keep it in a glass jar or prepare it in the container the yogurt comes in to make it easy to use and reseal. 


Originally Published On: June 26, 2023

Dairy free sour cream in a tan and brown bowl next to a spoon with a brown towel behind on a brown wooden surface

Dairy-Free Sour Cream

Whether you are dairy free for health reasons, allergies, or by choice, having an easy recipe for dairy-free sour cream makes cooking much easier. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Refrigeration Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Homemade Staple
Gluten Free
Low Lactose
dairy free
dairy-free Greek yogurt
dairy-free sour cream
Greek yogurt
homemade staples
sour cream
vegan sour cream
Dietary Needs:
Servings: 12 tbsp
5 from 10 votes


  • 6 oz dairy-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice (fresh)

Recommended Equipment


  • Drain any excess liquid from the yogurt
  • Stir the lemon juice into the yogurt and whisk until fully combined
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using
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Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free Sour Cream
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)
Calories 8 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.4g2%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 0.3mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 0.1g0%
Vitamin A 0.02IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 0.02mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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20 thoughts on “Dairy-Free Sour Cream Substitute with Only 2 Ingredients”

  1. So we aren’t totally fans of sour cream and it’s great to know that there is an alternative. A healthier one at that if I do say so. I eat Greek yogurt almost daily so we already have the necessary ingredients to make this for our tacos and burritos!

  2. 5 stars
    I love fast and easy recipes. I would probably add some honey or some other sweetener to this. But dairy-free Greek yogurt? Can a Weesky without alcohol still be called weeskey? 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Wow – two ingredients! That’s so easy to try this dairy-free sour cream substitute. My niece struggles with dairy – gonna share this with her, too!

  4. It is nice to have this as an option when we run out of sour cream. It seems inevitable that we go to make a recipe and we are missing sour cream for something like taco salad.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve used yogurt in so many recipes before. Even when making a delicious sour cream and onion dip, I’ll often substitute yogurt instead

  6. 5 stars
    Love this, and such a simple recipe! I love sour cream but it doesn’t love me back. So nice to have a healthy alternative!

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe for a dairy-free sour cream substitute. It’s incredible how just two simple ingredients can create a delicious and creamy alternative.

  8. This is perfect timing! My daughter was last week diagnosed with an allergy to dairy so we have been trying ALL the dairy free things!

    1. I was diagnose with a dairy allergy a couple of years ago, at 33 years old and it was HARD to change my habits! I have found that many recipes, if you sub out the milk for almond milk and the butter with a vegan butter (both easy to get at our grocery stores) you can make many recipes dairy-free that weren’t to start with. Almost all my recipes here that just say “butter” I use a vegan butter for.

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