33 Delicious Recipes That Use Yogurt
Tasty, creamy, and rich in protein, calcium, and probiotics, yogurt might just top the list of our favorite superfoods. This dairy case powerhouse can stand in for oil and eggs in baking recipes, top spicy soups for a little heat relief, dress potatoes for potato salad, and so much more. Explore amazing new ways to work yogurt into your diet with our collection of recipes that showcase this hard-working fridge staple.
Miso-Glazed Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Full-fat plain yogurt yields moistness and body to this unique twist on traditional pineapple upside down cake. Adding miso paste to the glaze creates a salty-sweet flavor contrast that makes this cake simply irresistible.
Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles
Even if the ice cream truck isn’t rolling around your neighborhood, you can still recreate one of its best-tasting treats. Our Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles taste just like the ice cream truck classic Strawberry Shortcake Bar, but are far simpler to prepare and the perfect size for kids. Blending plain whole-milk Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries, sugar, vanilla, and salt—instead of reaching for ice cream—adds a healthy dose of gut-friendly probiotics.
Fire Salt Donuts (Inspired by Steven Universe)
While the results aren’t going to be breathing fire, eating this donut will certainly test your taste buds in a way no donut ever has. Steven Universe has a long history of making all sorts of crazy foods in the show, and this donut fits right into the pantheon of epic foods we’ve been dying to interpret. So give it a taste if you dare—you’ll be screaming for ice cream in no time with this fiery confection.
Instant Pot Chana Dal
For the ideal bowl of soul-warming comfort, look no further than chana dal. Hearty and tender split chickpeas absorb the toasty goodness of an aromatic, deeply flavorful broth, which is complimented by a bright yogurt topper. One taste is all it takes to become enamored with the way toasted cumin seed and curry powder, balanced with a handful of other spices and aromatics like turmeric and fresh ginger, infuse chana dal with dynamic flavor and a gloriously golden color. The Instant Pot makes easy work of preparing this classic Indian dish, making it a perfect vegetarian recipe to add into your meal-prep rotation. Dried split chickpeas can be found at specialty Mediterranean markets as well as online.
Mediterranean Lamb Casserole
This easy take on Greek comfort food is rich, meaty, and tangy. The strong lamb is balanced by sweet onions and carrots, and rich eggplant that are all set off with the warm spices. Tomatoes and yogurt give it brightness and the pitas provide texture and toastiness. If you’d like to add a veggie side, try a salad or roasted asparagus or broccoli with lemon zest and olive oil.
For those who thought they would never venture into the realm of homemade crust, this dish makes preparing your own easier than ever. It’s as simple as combining graham cracker crumbs and butter and pressing the mixture into a pan. Once you’ve let the squares firm in the freezer, you’re ready to serve them up and enjoy the sweet strawberry flavor.
Raspberry, Sumac, and Almond Pound Cake
The nuanced brightness of sumac matched with warming notes of almond and jammy raspberries takes a classic pound cake construct over the top and into pure wow-worthy territory. Creamy whole-milk yogurt helps give this decadent pound cake a delightful crumb.
Sheet-Pan Chicken Tikka Masala
The secret to uber-tender chicken is yogurt marinade. Yogurt tenderizes chicken cuts more slowly than citrus-based marinades, yielding super juicy meat that pairs perfectly with just about any recipe. While we suggest marinating the chicken for at least four hours, if you didn’t plan ahead, you can simply marinate the inherently tender chicken thighs for as long as you have time for.
Sous Vide Eggs Benedict
Blend eggs—cooked sous vide-style—with melted butter, yogurt, mayonnaise, and salt until emulsified for an incredible homemade hollandaise sauce. Drizzle sauce over toast that's been topped with sauteed spinach and more sous vide eggs for a hearty and healthy breakfast that's out of this world.
Chocolate-and-Cream Layer Cake
Save room for dessert—this is one you don’t want to miss. It certainly has its virtues: It’s made with whole-grain flour, gets topped with fresh fruit, and contains 6g of fiber per serving. But what makes this cake so spectacular, truly, is how good it tastes. The decadent cream filling features sweetened homemade whipped cream mixed with reduced-fat Greek yogurt and vanilla flavoring.
Cheesy Crab Artichoke Toasts
Save time the day of the party by preparing the crab mixture one day ahead. Cut and store the sliced bread in an airtight container until ready to assemble, and then broil as the recipe instructs shortly before party time.
Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken and Black Bean Soup
This filling and flavorful soup is ideal for a chilly evening. A dollop of yogurt helps tame the smoky heat from chipotle chiles. You won't need to use the whole can of chiles, so be sure to freeze leftover chipotle chiles and adobe sauce in a flattened Ziploc bag for future use.
This two-toned smoothie is incredibly filling thanks to substantial servings of protein and fiber.
Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
Herb-infused olive oil and Greek yogurt replace much of the butter and milk you’d find in traditional mashed potatoes. The finished dish has a lightly tangy, herbal fruity flavor that’s irresistible. You can make the potatoes a day ahead, but anticipate that you may need to stir in a little milk to restore the creamy texture.
Curried Sweet Potato-Yogurt Dip
Sweet potatoes make a wonderful base for a creamy dip, creating a smooth texture and faintly sweet flavor. Toasting the curry paste in the first step helps to deepen the flavor and is worth the extra couple of minutes.
Smoky Chicken With Potato Salad and Slaw
Enjoy the flavors of a late-summer backyard barbecue on your lunch break. Smoked paprika delivers grill-like flavor to spiced chicken, and creamy potato salad and tangy slaw complete the meal. We toss the undressed coleslaw mix with sugar and salt, let it stand, and rinse it; this process helps to remove some of the water from the cabbage so that the coleslaw will hold up longer without watering out. Reduced-fat yogurt makes the potato salad light yet satisfying.
Coconut Milk Panna Cotta
Sublimely creamy, this is the perfect make-ahead dessert. Reduced-fat Greek yogurt adds flavor and body to this lightened-up twist on conventional panna cotta.
Apple Pie Smoothie
This apple pie smoothie is an easy way to treat yourself and pack some nutrients into your day.
Key Lime Ice Pops
This frozen treat offers all you love about Key lime pie in a neat handheld package. Ripe avocados are the key to making these pops rich and indulgent, and they make the texture creamy and smooth instead of icy. The avocados also plump up the dessert with heart-healthy unsaturated fats, which keep you satisfied. Try to keep the graham cracker crumbs coarse so that the pops have more texture; fine crumbs might end up soggy.
Creamy Potato Salad
Here's a salad you can feel good about eating at your next cookout or picnic.
Kombucha Granita and Berry Parfaits
For the ultimate summer refresher, this icy dessert is creamy, fruity, and fluffy. Some (limited) research suggests that freezing probiotics for a short time may not actually kill them but rather render them dormant until eaten. You can use any flavor of kombucha you like to complement the lemony berry mixture.
Everything Bagel Aioli
If the flavor in an everything bagel is irresistible to you, make this your next go-to sauce. Homemade aioli (aka garlicky mayo) takes just a minute to whisk together and shines above a store-bought alternative. Our version replaces some of the yolk and oil in a classic recipe with whole-milk Greek yogurt to keep calories reasonable. The key to a silky smooth sauce is to add the oil slow and steady while whisking constantly. Try it drizzled over eggs Benedict, pork chops, or as a spread on a grilled chicken burger.
Crispy Cauliflower Bites with Herbed Yogurt Dip
Even your most carnivorous meat-eating guests won’t be able to resist these crispy, spiced cauliflower bites. Offering the perfect balance of hearty crunch and bright, tangy sauciness, our cauli-bites are a grade-A vegetarian appetizer for entertaining, tailgating, and beyond. You can find berbere at supermarkets like Whole Foods or online; and if this Ethiopian spice blend is new to you, be prepared, you’re gonna wanna add it to everything.
Flank Steak and Vegetables with Green Goddess Sauce
Time to add creamy green goddess dressing to your regular prep list. Whir up a double (or triple) batch and keep it on hand for this ultra-speedy steak salad dinner, and serve the extra as a veggie dip for after-school snacking. We love the fresh combo of dill, scallions, and parsley, but basil would taste great, too. Easter egg radishes are a colorful springtime find, but use whatever crunchy veg you have on hand or what looks best at the market. You can easily turn this into a portable dinner, as well. Chop the steak, toss with veggies and sauce, and roll it all up into a whole-grain wrap or stuff into pitas for a handheld meal on the go.
Creamy Artichoke Dip
This is a creamy, rich, yet healthier riff on the classic—and is great for entertaining. We process half of the artichokes to sneak more veggies into the dip, plus a little tofu to help cut back on cheese and boost protein. Using frozen artichokes instead of canned helps keep sodium in check. Serve each ramekin with different sides—we like a medley of vegetables, crackers, or bread. Or keep it super simple and bake in one larger baking dish.
Sheet Pan Curried Tofu with Vegetables
This vegetarian one-pan meal is loaded with color and texture, from the soft sweet potatoes to the crisp-tender cauliflower and juicy pomegranate seeds. Preheating the pan will help the potatoes and tofu achieve a crispy exterior; be careful when adding the vegetable mixture to the hot pan. A cool, tangy yogurt drizzle will help balance the slight chile heat from the curry powder. Drizzle the sauce over the pan, or serve at the table.
Creamed Curried Spinach
Curry powder adds warmth and earthiness to this speedy version of creamed spinach. Whole milk yogurt gives the side a luscious mouth feel and plenty of body. Serve with steak or with seared planks of spice-rubbed tofu.
Eggnog Banana Bread
A mash-up of the retro holiday drink and the classic quick bread makes perfect sense: Booze, cream, and nutmeg pair perfectly with banana, vanilla, and brown sugar. These whole-grain mini loaves are a great alternative to cupcakes, and much easier to package without a dome of messy frosting. If you don't have mini loaf pans, you can use 12 muffin cups lined with cupcake liners. For a kid-friendly drizzle, you can swap the alcohol for fresh orange juice.
Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Madras curry powder adds warmth and earthiness to the otherwise sweet butternut squash, apple, and maple syrup in the soup. It has a bit more heat than regular curry powder, though either can be used here. Frozen, precooked squash will save time; you can also roast 1 (1 1/2-lb.) peeled, diced butternut squash ahead and refrigerate for later in the week. We opt for a sweet, Golden Delicious apple to contrast the tangy Greek yogurt; you can also use a Fuji or Braeburn apple.
Easy Chicken Biryani
Flavored with fragrant, Indian spices, traditional chicken biryani is an incredible comfort food, but it typically requires cooking the chicken and vegetables separately, using several pans. Our simplified method delivers the classic, crave-worthy flavors with a little less effort and cleanup. The simple yogurt marinade ensures that the cooked chicken breasts and thighs are mouthwateringly tender.
Dress up stone-ground grits by stirring in plain Greek yogurt and honey, then top with blackberry jam, fresh blackberries, toasted almonds, and a drizzle of honey. Not a huge blackberry fan? Simply swap for your favorite fresh berries and jam.
Mini Coconut-Chai Cheesecakes
Satisfy cheesecake cravings while watching your sugar intake with these super cute mini cheescakes that spotlight coconut and chai flavors. They're prepped in muffin tins, making sure that both portion control and clean up are easy-peasy. Substituting whole-milk Greek yogurt for some of the cream cheese adds tanginess and texture without sacrificing flavor.