Sour cream is one of the most versatile kitchen ingredients. It is a dairy product that is made by fermenting regular cream with lactic acid bacteria. This fermentation process thickens the cream and gives it a tangy flavor, which is characteristic of sour cream. Whether it’s a savory or a sweet dish, sour cream can almost always make it better. In savory dishes, sour cream has the ability to add a slight tang to balance out any rich flavors as well as add creaminess to a delicious sauce. In sweet desserts, sour cream lends moisture as well as a balance of flavor. These Sour Cream Recipes will show you exactly how to use the creamy ingredient. 

You can enhance breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert with the simple addition that is sour cream. And we’re going to start out with exactly how to make your own sour cream from scratch! Let’s dig in. 

1. Sour Cream Recipes: Make It At Home

This easy homemade sour cream recipe is great if you don’t have access to sour cream at your local grocery store. It will taste different than the kind you buy at the store and won’t be quite as thick. But, it still does the job when added to a savory or sweet dish. 

2. Sour Cream Pound Cake

Pound cakes and donuts are two desserts that lovingly take on sour cream and claim it as a dessert ingredient. Sour cream pound cake is dense, moist, and slightly sweet. With a delicious lemon drizzle, it’s a great dessert for tea time or a summer evening. Add a dollop of whipped cream if you prefer, but it’s fantastic on its own. 

3. Sour Cream Pancakes

Sour cream gives these pancakes a light, fluffy, perfect pancake texture. And you use a lot of sour cream too! A whole cup goes into this recipe, with just a little bit of flour. That’s the secret to making amazing Saturday morning pancakes. They get a slight crisp on the outside when you cook them in butter and remain soft and fluffy on the inside. 

4. Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

Of course, you should be adding sour cream to your mashed potatoes. And this recipe will show you just how good it can be. The potatoes come out amazingly creamy with a slight tang that matches the buttery and saltiness that you want in a big bowl of mashed potatoes. 

5. Sour Cream Recipes: Creamy Spinach Dip

This crowd-pleasing spinach dip is not the same without the addition of sour cream. To make your own batch of this popular hot spinach dip, you’ll need the following ingredients: Sour Cream, Cream Cheese, Frozen Spinach, Monterey Jack Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Dried Minced Onion, Garlic, Black Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes, and Salt. It’s creamy and well-seasoned, which is why it’s so crowd-pleasing! 

6. Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I love a good coffee cake, and this recipe is no exception. It’s moist and buttery and has the magic cinnamon streusel layered throughout the middle. Sour cream coffee cake is perfect for a slow weekend morning with a hot cup of coffee and a good book. Give this recipe a try! 

7. Seasoned Sour Cream

You can turn plain sour cream into a delectable no-mayo dip that pairs perfectly with crudites, pita chips, fries, or any other fried appetizer. This Seasoned Sour Cream Dip is made using sour cream, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a few more simple pantry staples. It is easy to make, addictive and comes together in just 5 minutes.

8. Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas are a comfort food favorite. You can easily make these sour cream chicken enchiladas at home to feed the whole family. A seasoned sour cream sauce coats the top of the enchiladas so that they stay moist and mouth-watering. No dry chicken enchiladas here! This recipe is easy to make, so add it to the weekly rotation. 

9. Sour Cream Recipes: Banana Bread

Adding sour cream to your banana bread can make the world of a difference. It creates a not-too-sweet, very moist snack bread that will warm you up from the inside out. Serve this at breakfast or for an afternoon pick me up with a cup of coffee, and you’ll add a dash of happiness to your day. 

10. Chicken with Sour Cream Sauce

Sour cream and onion chicken is a delicious dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights. The chicken is pan-fried and perfectly seasoned. It is then doused in a rich, creamy, sour cream and onion sauce that balances out perfectly with the tender chicken. Serve this dish over rice or with roasted vegetables for a full meal. 

11. Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff

This Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff is a delicious one-pot meal that’ll be ready in under 30 minutes. In this luxuriously creamy dinner meal, chicken stroganoff and mushrooms are interlaced for a taste that is sure to impress. You can use it for a variety of things as well. Whether you serve it for dinner or at a dinner party, it’s a total crowd-pleaser!

12. Mexican Sour Cream Dip

This easy Mexican Sour Cream Dip Recipe (Crema Mexicana) is perfect for last-minute guests. It only takes 5 minutes to prepare and is the perfect dip for chips. It’s a great addition for potlucks too, because it’s so easy to prepare. Make this the next time you’re running late and you need something in a dash! 

13. Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Not much beats a classic cheesecake, unless you put a sour cream topping on it. The sour cream topping cuts what would be a too sweet cheesecake, and makes it well-balanced bite after bite. It’s perfectly creamy, you can just scoop it with a spoon. Make this for your next dinner party, and be prepared to leave your guests highly impressed. 

14. Sour Cream Swirl Brownies

Adding a sour cream swirl to dense chocolatey brownies is a genius move. It brightens up the presentation and gives the brownies something to balance out how chocolaty they can be. And the recipe keeps things simple by using a boxed brownie mix. You can whip these beautiful brownies up in no time.

15. Sour Cream Recipes: The Best Cookies

Skip the store-bought sugar cookies, and make these sour cream-frosted cookies instead. ​​These cookies are rich, moist, and delicious and make a wonderful sweet treat on a Christmas cookie tray alongside Peanut Clusters and White Chocolate Candy. Save this recipe for the year though, because you can easily adjust the decoration on top to fit any holiday. 

16. Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’ve never tried adding sour cream to your chocolate chip cookie dough, it’s a must-make. Sour cream keeps the cookies moist without making them crumbly. And we’ve already seen that chocolate balances well with the tang of sour cream. These cookies take less than 30 minutes from start to finish. 

17. Homemade Crunch Wrap Supreme

Sour cream adds great flavor to the well-known Crunch Wrap Supreme. It just wouldn’t be supreme without it! By making this crunch wrap supreme at home, you can easily control the amount of filling and types of ingredients you want in your crunch wrap. All the more sour cream! 

18. Sour Cream and Chive Fries

We know sour cream and chive works in crackers and on potato chips, so why not give fries a go?! It’s only five ingredients – including the potatoes – so you know it’s easy. Potato strips are coated in sour cream and chive mixture and then baked for 40 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, then peel off the pan and enjoy!

19. Homemade Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips

Have you ever wondered how you can make your own crispy, salty, potato chips? You can make these homemade Cheddar Sour Cream Potato Chips From Scratch using only real whole ingredients! Rather than sliced potatoes, these chips are made from mashed potatoes. So it’s a great recipe to use if you have leftovers. 

20. Sour Cream Dinner Rolls

You can make these Soft Sour Cream Dinner Rolls without using a sourdough starter and get that tangy sourdough flavor. On the outside, they are slightly crusty, but on the inside, they are soft, pillowy, and chewy! It’s the perfect side dish or appetizer for any comfort food. Make a large batch, because these go fast! 

21. Sour Cream Recipes: Sour Cream Pasta

This simple and comforting sour cream alfredo pasta recipe is made with pantry and refrigerator staples and is the perfect use for extra sour cream. In fact, you don’t need any milk at all to make this creamy pasta sauce. This sour cream pasta is the tastiest, easiest dinner recipe and takes only 20 minutes to cook. It makes a great holiday pasta dish to serve with a salad.

22. Noodle Bake

For a sour cream pasta dish that you can make ahead (and save yourself some kitchen work), consider this noodle bake instead. There are plenty of comforting flavors in this sour cream noodle bake, including tender noodles, savory beef, and plenty of cheese. With the beef added, it makes a fully balanced meal. 

23. One Pan Beef Stroganoff

Another beef, pasta, sour cream dish (because we know they go together so well!) to try is this one pan beef stroganoff. It’s delicious but easy to make. The one-pan requirement makes clean-up easy. To pair with the sour cream, ricotta and mozzarella are added. It keeps the casserole delectably cheesy and creamy. 

24. Cheesy Hamburger Hotdish

If you know what hotdish is, it’s basically the same thing as a casserole. This Cheesy Sour Cream Hamburger Hotdish is an easy and comforting dinner full of hearty hamburger, vegetables, and pasta. It’s family-friendly and is sure to be a staple in your meal plans! This is a suped-up version of Hamburger Helper! 

Now that you have plenty of ideas for the sour cream sitting in your fridge, get to cooking! Sour cream will enhance any dish you make, giving each bite a creamy, rich flavor. For more dinner ideas, check out these One Pot Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes.

And I’ll leave you with one of my favorite ways to use sour cream, Creamy Cucumber Salad!

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24 Remarkable Recipes With Sour Cream

Servings: 6
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
creamy cucumber salad in white serving dish


  • 2 large english cucumbers
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1/4 cup plain 0% greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp reduced calorie mayonnaise
  • 1.5 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp fresh chopped dill
  • Pinch Salt & pepper


  • Cut the cucumbers into thin slices, dice the red onion and add to a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl mix all other ingredients together, gently mix into the cucumber and onion.
  • Store in the fridge, makes 6 servings, approximately 1/3 cup each.


Personal Points- 1 using WW recipe builder 
Smart Points- Blue/Green/Purple- 1 using WW recipe builder
Points Plus- 1 using PP calculator 
Nutritional info per serving..Calories 40…Fat 1.3g…Sat fat 0g…Carbs 2.3g…Fiber 0g…Sugar 0.3g…Protein 1.3g using My Fitness Pal *Note- includes all ingredients even 0SP foods 
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