35+ Cottage Cheese Recipes (High Protein & Healthy)

Cottage cheese is not only packed with protein, but it’s creamy and delicious too! Which makes it a great ingredient to add to both sweet and savory recipes. Here’s 35+ healthy cottage cheese recipes to try out.

With its versatility and nutritional benefits, cottage cheese is a great ingredient to have on hand in your kitchen. So next time you’re looking for a healthy and delicious meal, reach for some cottage cheese!

Here are some tips for using cottage cheese in your cooking:

  • Use full-fat cottage cheese for the best flavor and texture.
  • Drain the cottage cheese for a few minutes before using to remove excess whey.
  • Add cottage cheese to smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal for a protein boost.
  • Use cottage cheese in place of mayonnaise or sour cream in dips and dressings.
  • Add cottage cheese to baked goods for a moist and flavorful texture.

The BEST Recipes that Use Cottage Cheese

Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites on plate
These Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites are just like the ones you’d find at Starbucks. By making them at home in your electric pressure cooker, you’ll save lots of money and you can totally customize them with your favorite flavors.
Instant Pot Egg Bites
These cottage cheese pancakes are super thick, fluffy, and take just 5 minutes to cook! Made with just 6 ingredients, they are so satisfying!
Cottage Cheese Pancakes – Get the RECIPE from The Big Man’s World
This cottage cheese alfredo is a lower fat & calorie version of the rich creamy pasta favorite! One of the best cottage cheese recipes, it’s an easy dinner.
Cottage Cheese Alfredo – Get the RECIPE from 40 Aprons
Need a change of pace for your morning meal? Try this Savory Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl for a protein packed jump start to your day.
Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl – Get the RECIPE from Foxes Love Lemons
You only need 4 simple ingredients to make this viral cottage cheese ice cream! It’s super creamy, thick and packed with over 20 grams of protein!
Cottage Cheese Ice Cream – Get the RECIPE from Eating Bird Food
Cottage Cheese Blueberry Waffles are packed with protein and made with a handful of simple, wholesome ingredients. These healthy waffles are a great alternative to traditional waffles and very kid-friendly!
Cottage Cheese Blueberry Waffles – Get the RECIPE from The Curious Plate
These high protein cottage cheese cookies are soft, chewy and made with only 7 ingredients. They’re gluten-free, egg-free, low sugar and have 8 grams of protein per cookie.
Cottage Cheese Cookies – Get the RECIPE from Eating Bird Food
Looking for a delicious twist on macaroni and cheese? Cottage cheese is the secret ingredient to make this classic dish extra rich and creamy.
Cottage Cheese Mac and Cheese – Get the RECIPE from I Heart Vegetables
This Cottage Cheese Dip is light, healthy, and has all of the characteristics of a crave-worthy ranch dressing. Just stir and serve!
Cottage Cheese Dip – Get the RECIPE from The Almond Eater
FUDGY Cottage Cheese Brownies
Fudgy brownies with a high protein twist thanks to cottage cheese! These Cottage Cheese Brownies are gluten-free and have no added sugar.
Cottage Cheese Brownies – Get the RECIPE from Healthy Helper Kaila
No Bake Cottage Cheese Cheesecake
This No Bake Cottage Cheese Cheesecake features protein-packed ingredients in the filling and crust and is such an easy dessert to make!
No Bake Cottage Cheese Cheesecake – Get the RECIPE from The Almond Eater
Vegetarian Cottage Cheese Lasagna is made with layers of noodles filled with veggies, cottage cheese, marinara, and mozzarella cheese.
Cottage Cheese Lasagna – Get the RECIPE from The Almond Eater
This cottage cheese ice cream is smooth and creamy and packs in over 25 grams of protein! It comes with six flavor ideas!
Cottage Cheese Pudding – Get the RECIPE from The Big Man’s World
This Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl is a high protein breakfast that can be made savory or sweet with the toppings of your choice!
Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl – Get the RECIPE from The Almond Eater
This protein-packed Cottage Cheese Egg Frittata with spinach and chicken sausage is filling and delicious.
Cottage Cheese Frittata – Get the RECIPE from Skinnytaste
This frozen cottage cheese pie is made with whipped cream, cottage cheese and peanut butter and is the perfect summertime dessert!
Frozen Peanut Butter Cottage Cheese Pie – Get the RECIPE from The Almond Eater
Mix up your breakfast routine with this healthy blueberry cottage cheese smoothie!
Blueberry Cottage Cheese Smoothie – Get the RECIPE from Kitchen Gidget
This edible cottage cheese cookie dough is the ultimate protein-packed dessert! It’s gluten-free, egg-free, naturally sweetened and comes together in just 10 minutes with 7 simple ingredients.
Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough – Get the RECIPE from Eating Bird Food
This cottage cheese chicken salad subs the usual mayonnaise for cottage cheese, making for a healthier version of the traditional recipe.
Cottage Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwich – Get the RECIPE from The Almond Eater
These cottage cheese overnight oats taste like dessert, but are packed with over 20 grams of protein. They’re easy to make, perfect for meal prep and easily customizable.
Cottage Cheese Overnight Oats – Get the RECIPE from Eating Bird Food
Protein packed cottage cheese waffles have a unique texture, tangy flavor, and endless possibilities for toppings.
Cottage Cheese Waffles – Get the RECIPE from Growing Up Gabel
Cottage Cheese Smoothie
This cottage cheese smoothie is thick, creamy and tastes like dessert. Plus, it’s packed with over 17 grams of protein. No protein powder needed!
Cottage Cheese Smoothie – Get the RECIPE from Eating Bird Food
This rustic pressed cottage cheese cheesecake is an old-fashioned cheesecake. With smooth texture and thick buttery sweet pastry crust.
Cottage Cheese Cheesecake – Get the RECIPE from Julia Recipes
This frozen cottage cheese bark with peanut butter, chocolate and granola is the perfect refreshing treat. It’s healthy, creamy, easy to whip up and packed with protein.
Frozen Cottage Cheese Bark – Get the RECIPE from Eating Bird Food
Greek Cottage Cheese Bowl
This savory Greek Cottage Cheese Bowl is an easy high-protein breakfast or lunch that is fresh and flavorful and doesn’t require any cooking.
Greek Cottage Cheese Bowl – Get the RECIPE from Skinnytaste
Your morning bowl of oatmeal gets a protein boost, thanks to cottage cheese! These rich and creamy oats are so satisfying and you can make them in just 5 minutes!
Cottage Cheese Oatmeal – Get the RECIPE from I Heart Vegetables
Need a 5 minute lunch? Cottage cheese on toast is an easy lunch idea or snack using this high protein cheese!
Cottage Cheese Toast – Get the RECIPE from A Couple Cooks
This cottage cheese salad with cherry tomatoes and fresh oregano is a real summer salad treat!
Cottage Cheese Salad with Tomatoes – Get the RECIPE from Karla’s Nordic Kitchen
This Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad is the BEST and a family favorite we make on the regular! It’s a tasty mix of tuna, cottage cheese, avocado, corn, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, black olives, and Dijon.
Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad – Get the RECIPE from Kim’s Cravings
This strawberry cottage cheese bowl pairs maple roasted strawberries, oats and coconut with cottage cheese for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast. I’ve
Roasted Strawberry Cottage Cheese Bowl – Get the RECIPE from Eating Bird Food
This cottage cheese tzatziki is a fun twist on yoghurt-based tzatziki. A flavourful appetizer or party food, perfect with crudites or breads.
Cottage Cheese Tzatziki – Get the RECIPE from Through The Fibro Fog
Spinach and Cottage Cheese Quiche – Dr Pippa
Spinach and Cottage Cheese Quiche is perfect for a healthy brunch at home.
Spinach and Cottage Cheese Quiche – Get the RECIPE from Dr. Pippa
Creamy Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe (High Protein)
Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is creamy and tangy without mayonnaise – this is a great high protein pasta salad recipe for a cookout or BBQ!
Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad – Get the RECIPE from The Herbeevore
Whipped Chocolate Cottage Cheese | healthy low carb, high protein snack!
This whipped chocolate cottage cheese is a rich, thick and creamy healthy snack or breakfast. Add extra flavoring, add ins or toppings!
Whipped Chocolate Cottage Cheese – Get the RECIPE from My Life Cookbook
These cottage cheese egg muffins are such a great make-ahead breakfast. They’re easy to put together, packed with protein and totally portable. You can meal prep them over the weekend and eat them on the run during the week!
Cottage Cheese Egg Muffins – Get the RECIPE from Cooking with Nart

Cottage Cheese FAQs

Is cottage cheese good for you?

Cottage cheese is a good source of protein, calcium, and other nutrients. It is also a low-calorie food, making it a good choice for people who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

How can I use cottage cheese?

Cottage cheese can be eaten on its own, or it can be used in a variety of recipes. It is a good substitute for sour cream or cream cheese in dips, sauces, and desserts. Cottage cheese can also be added to smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt.

How do I store cottage cheese?

Cottage cheese can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days after opening the container. Be sure to keep it tightly sealed.

Benefits of Eating Cottage Cheese

  • It is a good source of protein.
  • It is low in calories and fat.
  • It is a good source of calcium and other nutrients.
  • It can help you feel full and satisfied.
  • It can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
  • It can help improve your bone health.
  • It can help boost your immune system.

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35+ Cottage Cheese Recipes

Cottage cheese is not only packed with protein, but it's creamy and delicious too! Here's 35+ healthy cottage cheese recipes to try out. These Instant Pot Egg Bites are just like the ones you’d find at Starbucks. By making them at home in your electric pressure cooker, you’ll save lots of money and you can totally customize them with your favorite flavors.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Time for pressure to build and release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 7 servings

Ingredients

Roasted Red Pepper Egg Bites

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup monterey jack cheese (shredded)
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 green onion (chopped, or 1 Tbsp. chopped chives)
  • ½ roasted red pepper (chopped)
  • ¼ cup spinach (chopped)

Diced Green Chilis + Pepperjack Cheese

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pepperjack cheese (shredded )
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced green chilis

Cooked Broccoli + Cheddar Cheese

Bacon + Gruyere Cheese

Sausage + Mushrooms + Swiss Cheese

Sun Dried Tomatoes + Basil + Feta Cheese

Instructions

  • Add 1 cup water to Instant Pot and place the trivet (that came with your Instant Pot) inside.
  • Add eggs, monterey jack, and cottage cheese to a blender and process until smooth (about 30 seconds). Add green onion, red pepper and spinach and give it a quick pulse to combine.
  • Divide the egg mixture evenly between the compartments of the silicone mold, tightly cover with aluminum foil. 
  • Lower the silicone mold into the Instant Pot. It’s a bit of a tight squeeze, but with the 6-quart Instant Pot, it fit perfectly.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and be sure that the vent is set to sealing. Press the MANUAL (high pressure) button and set the timer to 10 minutes. It will take about 5 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  • Once the cooking time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure before opening the Instant Pot.
  • Remove the silicone mold from the Instant Pot and allow the egg bites to cool for a few minutes before enjoying.

Notes

These Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Microwave for 30 seconds when ready to eat. They can also be frozen and reheated in the microwave for 1 ½ – 2 minutes.
 
Nutrition information is for one egg bite. 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1egg bite | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 62mg | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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