The 20 Best Crème Fraîche Recipes You Can Not Miss

If you want to spice up the food you are eating, and you do not know the best way to do this, one of the best things you can do is to try and use a new ingredient in old recipes.

Or you can find a new ingredient which is easily accessible and find and discover recipes which star this ingredient.

One of the most versatile ingredients we love working with is crème fraîche as it works amazingly in both sweet and savory recipes making it a versatile option.

The 20 Best Crème Fraîche Recipes You Can Not Miss

This is also healthier than a lot of creamy ingredients which it replaces making it a good option if you want to be more health conscious.

So if you are looking to try some new recipes or dishes, trying ones which use crème fraîche is a great idea. If you do not know what crème fraîche is, it is a cultured cream.

It is often compared to sour cream, and this is mainly because of how it is often used in similar dishes, and they are even recommended as substitutes for each other occasionally. In spite of this misconception, they are not the same thing.

The best way to differentiate them is by pointing out that crème fraîche has a much less tangy taste which is why it works better in sweet dishes, and it overall has a much more decadent and creamy taste.

One of the things we love the most about crème fraîche is just how many different recipes it works in. You can mix it into sauces, use it with a seasoning mix, or just add some to the side of a dish to give it a refreshing topping.

Even if a recipe does not ask for crème fraîche to be used, it still can be, and there are plenty of ways to do so.

So, if you want to know the best ways to use more crème fraîche, but you do not know where to begin, this recipe will give you 20 amazing recipes to get inspiration from!

The Best Crème Fraîche Recipes

We have chosen a wide variety of different recipes which use crème fraîche to give you an idea of just how versatile this ingredient is!

1. Creamy Creme Fraiche Chicken

This recipe will get you a delicious way of cooking chicken which is combined with spinach to get some delicious results, it is not too hard to make and it is sure to be a crowd pleaser with friends and family.

You get a great depth in the flavor because of the use of mustard (best results if you use wholegrain) and this balances amazingly with the subtle tanginess you get from the crème fraîche.

This recipe also gets you some great leftovers, we recommend having it with pasta!

2. Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is one of those dishes which sounds a lot harder to make than it actually is, but the truth is, it is actually one of the most simple desserts you can make.

So, if you want to make something fancy for after your main course, but you do not want to put all the time in, then this recipe should be up for consideration!

The recipe can vary depending on where you get it from, but this version which uses crème fraîche gets a delicious flavor every time!

3. Baked Salmon With Creme Fraiche

Baked salmon is well known as one of the best healthy dinners which is easy to spice up and can be served in a variety of different ways.

So, if you are looking for a new way to serve this dish, then look not further than this baked salmon recipe with crème fraîche.

The recipe for the salmon will have a light and lemony flavor, and this is countered perfectly by the herby crème fraîche sauce you will make!

4. Sweet Potato Soup With Nutmeg Crème Fraîche

If you love making different soups, but you are tired of some of the more traditional offerings, then look no further than this delicious sweet potato soup.

You make this silky and sweet soup, and then serve it with a little crème fraîche which you spice up with nutmeg, and the flavor combination ends up being out of this world!

If you want to try something with an autumnal feel, but want it to still be refreshing, this is a top pick!

5. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breast

If you are looking for something simple yet delicious which is perfect even for picky eaters, then you have to try this chicken breast with bacon.

While it may seem a little too basic, the sauce made with crème fraîche is what pulls it all together.

If you want to make something perfect for picky eaters which still has a good depth of flavor for those with a more refined palate, then this is a top choice.

6. Savory German Onion Tart

This onion tart is not going to be for those who do not love onions, but if you can not get enough of them, then this onion tart which also stars bacon is going to be a top choice for you.

This tart could be a main course, but we love serving it as a side so those who love the combination of bacon and onions can have as much or as little as they want. If you want to make it even better, serve with a dry white wine.

7. Salmon, Asparagus, And Spinach White Pizza

If you are in the mood for pizza, and you want something a bit more exciting than a standard offering, then you have to go for this combination of asparagus, salmon, and spinach.

We love topping this pizza with a combination of mozzarella, and of course, crème fraîche to give it a fresh flavor which will keep you coming back for more of this unconventional pizza!

8. Lemony Asparagus Pasta

If you are looking for a refreshing pasta recipe which is simple to whip up, but is still filling and delicious, look no further than this creamy pasta recipe with a tangy kick from the lemon and crème fraîche.

If you are prepared, you can go from starting to eating in only 15 minutes, so if you want to know some quicker recipes, then this is the way to go!

9. Cherry Almond Cake

If you have never made mini meringue cakes, then you are missing out on a delicious dessert which is fun to serve at dinner parties, and the best part is they are gluten free as well!

This recipe uses, of course, crème fraîche to add a light tangy flavor to balance out the earthy flavor of the almond, and pulls it together with a sharp cherry compote which will make you want to keep coming back for more!

10. Spring Vegetable Risotto With Creamy Pesto

If you love risotto, and you want a new recipe to try, then you have to try this spring vegetable version of risotto.

What makes this dish even more delicious is the creamier version of pesto which uses crème fraîche to give it a unique depth of flavor which really elevates what could be a simple risotto.

But this, combined with the vegetable garnish makes this a delicious dinner any night of the week!

11. Linguine With Creamy Mushroom Sauce

This linguine is super easy to whip up and the mushroom sauce with crème fraîche is a delicious finishing touch.

12. Creme Fraiche Pasta With Peas And Bacon

If you want a simple pasta sauce using crème fraîche, then this one with bacon will be a favorite!

13. Baked Sweet Potato With Maple Creme Fraiche

The maple crème fraîche served with this sweet potato makes this an easy but delicious dinner to make.

14. Creme Fraiche Ice Cream

If you want a unique way to use crème fraîche, then you have to try this ice cream which uses it!

15. Easy Smoked Salmon Pasta With Spinach And Lemon

Pasta and crème fraîche go together easily, and this is another great way to combine the two!

16. French Pear Cake

This pear cake is made even more delicious using crème fraîche.

17. Smoked Salmon Pizza With Brie And Arugula

Another pizza which uses crème fraîche, but this one uses brie for a delicious depth of flavor!

18. Moldovan Chicken In Cream Sauce

This Moldovan recipe will be something you will want to keep coming back to after the first time you make it!

19. Uni Pasta (Sea Urchin Cacio E Pepe)

This unique pasta dish stars sea urchin, but once you get over this unique ingredient, you will want to keep using it!

20. Smoked Salmon Dip

If you want a yummy savory dip, this is one you will have to try!

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Hopefully this list has given you all the information you need to help you work out how to use crème fraîche in more recipes.

There are plenty of options to start off with on this list, so if you are struggling to choose which one to go with first, narrow down the list to a couple favorites, and then see which one you have the most ingredients for already.

Once you have made this choice, you can work your way up from there!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Difference Between Crème Fraîche And Sour Cream?

Crème fraîche has a higher fat content than the average sour cream, this means it is both thicker and has a more rich flavor.

This means that it tends to suit a wider variety of recipes, and if a recipe asks for sour cream, you can always use crème fraîche to get a more luxurious result.

The flavor is also much less tangy, so even though it is still cultured and has the benefits of this, it does not have as much of a distinct cultured flavor for those who are not a fan.

Because of the higher fat content, it means that it is not going to curdle if you end up boiling it.

This makes it a great choice to use in sauces or soups since it will emulsify into the mix a lot easier than sour cream would. Both work as a side or topping by themselves, but again, we think crème fraîche fits a wider variety of dishes.

What Is Crème Fraîche Used For?

One of our favorite things about crème fraîche is that it is used in a wide variety of recipes which are both sweet and sour. It was traditionally used in French cuisine, and it is known for adding a silky smooth creaminess to whatever it is added to.

Its tangy flavor is more subtle than some of its counterparts making it more versatile, but also helps it stand out from something which would not have this flavor.

If you want some quick examples of recipes which use crème fraîche, it is often utilized in pasta sauces, soups, dips, and some desserts. It can also be used as a side or dip by itself.

Is Crème Fraîche Healthier Than Sour Cream?

When it comes to nutritional value, 2 tablespoons of crème fraîche is 110 calories and contains 11 grams of fat, whereas sour cream will be 46 calories, and contains 5 grams of fat.

So on average crème fraîche contains more calories and fat than sour cream, however, this is why it tastes better, and has a more pleasant texture.

If you try to substitute sour cream for crème fraîche, in some circumstances, it will lead to bad results because of this lower fat content.

Also consider that you can get more out of a lower amount of crème fraîche, and to get the same results from sour cream, you will likely have to use more!

The 20 Best Crème Fraîche Recipes You Can Not Miss

The 20 Best Crème Fraîche Recipes You Can Not Miss

Recipe by Jenna

Do you want to make more recipes which use crème fraîche, but you do not know where to start? This list has 20 of the best recipes which use crème fraîche!

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