28 Delicious Ways To Use Leftover Sour Cream

Sour cream is surely one of the greatest foods out there.

It can add a tangy sweet taste that is backed by a rich thick creaminess that can just as easily be loaded on top of a burrito as it can be used as a dip or a coating for some nachos.

28 Delicious Ways To Use Leftover Sour Cream

Much of the time however, because sour cream comes in quite large quantities, we will usually end up using much less than we originally expected, leading to at least a few tubs worth being left behind for another day.

Luckily whether it’s been placed back in the refrigerator for a few days, or if it is a few hours after your main meal and you have some extra sour cream to use up, there is no way you can let this delightful appetizer go to waste so with that being said, here are 28 ways you can reuse your sour cream.

1. Strawberries With Soured Cream

Simple, sweet and straight to the point, with just a small cup of sour cream you can whisk it together with some sugar and some rinsed and patted dry strawberries to make for a surprisingly sweet but also fairly healthy appetizer which can be enjoyed casually in the evening on its own or as an appealing dessert.

2. Lindt Ball Pastel Cheesecake

Another recipe that uses strawberries, this delicate cheesecake is great for when you have a decent amount of sour cream left and want to mix it into a big dessert for next time. 

The sour cream in this recipe is mixed together with some cream cheese and sugar, along with a white chocolate and gelatine mixture to create this colorful no-bake cheesecake which is excellent as a family appetizer for future meals. 

3. Creamy Salad Dressing

Part of the beauty of sour cream is that it can spice up most ordinary foods, adding that extra tanginess and sour taste that a lot of us crave from time to time, and this recipe allows you to do just that by whisking what sour cream you have left with some egg mayo, white vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard and some parsley leaves to create an elegant dressing that goes just as well on some pasta as it does on potato salad (see our favorite ‘Parsley and Potato’ recipes here).

4. Sour Cream Pancakes

This recipe mixes sour cream into a classic breakfast option that is already extremely tasty on its own, that being pancakes.

This sour cream is put into the actual pancake batter along with eggs and vanilla to give it an incredibly creamy and sweet taste that is hard to get when using syrup.

Finally add some raspberry sauce to really finish this breakfast recipe off with even more delicious sweetness.

5. Cilantro Jalapeno Sauce

The recipe mixes together sour cream with some cloves of garlic, lime juice, cilantro, apple cider vinegar and of course jalapeños to create a delicious sauce which has a nice tangy kick to it.

Being fairly low in calories and perfect as a coating sauce or even just a dip, this is a great way to get some usage out of your leftover sour cream.

6. Classic Deviled Eggs

Whether it’s for a New Year’s party, a picnic or simply an exciting dessert after a big family meal, deviled eggs can be made quite easily just by peeling and scooping out the yolks of some hard boiled eggs.

While they can be an incredibly tasty treat all on their own, when using sour cream as part of the filling along with white vinegar, mustard and some sugar, it makes these classic bites that much more creamy with a hint of a sour taste to switch the flavor up a little.

7. Zucchini Soup

This recipe uses medium sized zucchinis with some broth, onion and garlic to make a smooth and delicate soup that is packed with flavor.

However, it also includes a final dash of sour cream mixed in along with some salt and pepper to add an extra dose of creaminess and a distinct sour flavor that is so hard not to enjoy. 

8. Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts

It’s hard to find many people who aren’t at least moderate fans of doughnuts, whether you like them completely dry, with or without a hole or completely glazed with our favorite sticky ingredients, there’s a variation for everyone. 

In this recipe, the doughnuts are made as normal however with an included mixture of sour cream to give them an incredibly creamy texture which can be hard to replicate with other ingredients.

9. Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake

This cake is as delicious to eat as it is appealing to look at being a large moist chocolate cake that melts in the mouth with every bite and finished off with a sweet sticky chocolate glaze resting on the top of this exquisite dessert.

The sour cream is mixed in with the other base ingredients to give this cake a hint of sweetness and a slight tang which provides an excellent contrast to the chocolate surrounding the inside and outside of the cake.  

10. Smoked Salmon Blini Canapés

This recipe is perfect for you seafood lovers, and luckily it takes barely any sour cream to make so regardless of how much you have left, you will definitely be able to make at least one of these appetizing snacks.

The lemon infused blinis are perfect when topped up with just a spoonful of salmon and a dash of sour cream to create a delicate and memorable dish that you certainly don’t want to miss. 

11. Lamingtons

If you’re a fan of baking and combining multiple ingredients to make some tasty savory cakes, these Australian lamingtons are vanilla sponge cakes that are coated in a rich chocolate icing and include a few tablespoons of sour cream to prevent them from becoming too hard or dry, making for a perfect way to reuse some sour cream if you want to get creative.

12. Red Cabbage Slaw

Ready to go in less than 30 minutes, this incredibly healthy dish mixes a whole variety of ingredients including apples, spring onions, parsley and of course, red cabbage to make for a delicious and nutritious meal that can be whipped up in no time. 

The sour cream is a primary ingredient in this mix that adds some much needed creamy flavor to the meal so that it does not come out too dry.

13. French Onion Dip

If you don’t mind taking a bit of time to stir and caramelize the onions, this popular French dip takes a large mixture of herbs mixed with sour cream and the onions to create a smooth and delicious dip that goes great with some breadsticks that can be put in the middle of the dinner table and enjoyed by everyone. 

14. Hot Cheesy Corn Dip

Another dip option for those cheese lovers, this recipe uses a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, garlic dressing, paprika and even some bacon bits to make a dip that goes deliciously with some nachos or really any chips.

With some thawed corn also mixed in, this is certainly a unique dip that makes full use of the creamy sour cream texture.

15. Easy Fish Pie

Many of us have had fish pie, however did you know that adding some sour cream into the mixture of potatoes, salmon and other ingredients can help give the meal a much sweeter taste? 

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but the sour cream makes it a lot more filling so you can be sure it will keep you satisfied for at least for a few hours in the day.

16. Dill Sauce

Another great option for the fish lovers, this creamy seafood sauce can easily be made by whisking together sour cream with mustard, lemon juice and dill until it is well blended.

Leave to chill before serving and there you have it, an incredibly easy way to reuse some sour cream for when you have a fish based meal coming up. 

17. Lentil And Black Bean Tacos

There’s no better topping for a packed taco than some sour cream since it helps even out the spicier flavors with a delicate and creamy taste which can easily be added to a taco.

This recipe incorporates carrots, celery and black beans in a taco shell to make for an extremely crunchy treat that is perfectly topped off with some guacamole and a dash of sour cream.

18. Sour Cream Chicken Quiche

Chicken quiche is already nice enough with its soft texture and delicious cheese infused meaty flavor, however it can be made that much more appetizing with a coating of sour cream.

This recipe mixes sour cream with eggs and milk until it is smooth and is then poured over the chicken mixture to create a tangy taste that goes perfectly with the chicken quiche that we all love.

19. Sour Cream Biscuits

This may sound like a food that many of us could only dream of being real, however these soft dough biscuits are mixed with sour cream along with some flour and baking soda to make for a tiny and pleasant treat that can be made in as little as 12 minutes, perfect for when you forgot the dessert when the family is coming over or when you’re in a rush and want to use up the sour cream quickly.

20. Sour Cream Banana Bread

Banana bread is known as a ‘quick bread’ because it contains a leavening agent but does not contain any actual yeast and is also well known for having an incredibly sweet and moist flavor from the mixture of banana and sugar.

The addition of sour cream makes sure the banana bread does not dry up while also making it extremely tender so that it essentially melts in the mouth.

21. Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

This is an excellent recipe choice if you want to use your leftover sour cream for a tasty and fulfilling breakfast meal which mixes in some hash browns with melted butter, chicken soup cream and of course, sour cream, to make a low calorie breakfast that is high in protein and sure to get you going for the day ahead.

22. Sour Cream Noodle Bake

This easy to put together weeknight meal creates a tasty noodle mixture fused with ground beef and cheese along with a few doses of sour cream to give it that thick and creamy taste which works so well when set upon some sticky cheese.

Finish this dish off with a bit of green salad and crusty bread for some perfect extra additions.

23. Mexican Sour Cream Rice

Sour cream and rice may seem like an odd combination when you first hear it, however this recipe mixes the rice in with some green chiles, corn and cheese to give it a spicy flavor that is perfectly evened out by the creamy sour cream kick.

Roasted peppers and tomatoes are just a few other ingredients you can mix into this customisable dish or even some shredded chicken if you want to go all out and make this a rice meal sure to leave you satisfied.

24. Apple And Sour Cream Slice 

This elegant but simple recipe is made from a mixture of pie apple and sour cream spread over a dough base to make for an incredibly smooth and savory dish which is not too demanding and can easily be enjoyed as a savory snack when you don’t feel like using the sour cream for a huge meal.

25. Epi Classic Blueberry Muffins

Sour cream really can be included in almost all foods, and that certainly includes muffins.

These muffins are bursting with fruitful flavor thanks to them being packed full of blueberries along with the coarse sugar coating on the top giving them an elegant and soft crunch that is a joy to bite into.

The sour cream helps to add just a slight bit of tang to the muffins while also making the crumbs nice and tender so they easily melt in the mouth.

26. Sour Cream And Onion Pasta

It’s hard to make a list about sour cream dishes and not include pasta, and this recipe is especially delicious because it makes a sour cream and onion sauce through melting some butter in a pan and stirring the ingredients together along with some milk to make a thick gooey sauce that only makes the flavor of pasta that much more appetizing.

27. Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour cream can go perfectly with some desserts, and this is certainly the case with this pound cake recipe that uses cream butter and sugar to make a nice fluffy base before adding in a dash of sour cream and buttermilk to ensure it stays tender and moist when eaten.

Try experimenting with some other additional ingredients such as apples, walnuts and peaches to find the flavor you like the taste of the most so you can enjoy this delicious treat in the future.

28. Sour Cream Peach Kuchen 

This healthy appetizer combines a wide variety of foods to make for a dish that is perfectly complemented by the strong sour flavor possessed by sour cream. 

Butter, baking powder and flour are mixed together to form the base crust while peaches are arranged alongside them.

The sour cream is then mixed with egg yolks to create a smooth creamy topping which perfectly spreads across the peaches and makes for a casual treat which not only tastes great, but is also a healthy option for when you want something a bit lighter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sour Cream Considered Unhealthy?

There really is no definite answer on this as there are a few negatives and positives when it comes to how healthy sour cream is.

On the one hand, almost half of most soured cream is composed of saturated fats which can be easy to overeat and can lead to a weight gain when consumed in big bulks.

That being said, sour cream is a dairy food and therefore very rich in calcium and phosphorus which promotes strong bones and teeth.

It is also extremely high in B12 levels which is a vitamin usually only found in animal foods that contributes to our DNA synthesis and helps our body produce red blood cells.

It has also been shown that enough vitamin B12 can also heavily reduce feelings of stress and improve our overall mood, so all in all sour cream can actually have some benefits though it should only be eaten on the odd occasion to avoid consuming too much of the saturated fats.

Can Leftover Sour Cream be Used in Sour Cream Cakes?

Leftover sour cream can indeed be used in baking amazing sour cream cakes. This creamy ingredient adds moisture and tanginess to the cake, resulting in a moist and rich texture. So instead of wasting that leftover sour cream, try incorporating it into your cake batter to elevate its flavor and make it even more delectable.

Can I Use Leftover Sour Cream in Sour Milk Recipes?

Leftover sour cream can be ingeniously utilized in creative recipes with sour milk. From tangy pancakes to moist cakes, incorporating sour cream can enhance the flavor and texture of baked goods. The creamy consistency of sour cream complements the acidic taste of sour milk, resulting in delectable treats that are sure to please everyone’s taste buds.


Whether you find you just have a small scoop or an entire tub left of sour cream from the night before, with these recipes you will be able to find a use for any amount of leftover sour cream so it can be reused and turned into a fantastic new dish for you and everyone to enjoy.

28 Delicious Ways To Use Leftover Sour Cream

28 Delicious Ways To Use Leftover Sour Cream

Recipe by Jenna

If you find you have a tub or two of sour cream left from the night before, don’t throw it out as there are so many ways you can still use it. Keep reading to find out the tastiest recipes that can be made using leftover sour cream!

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