30+ Recipes Using Creme Fraiche

Put that half full tub of Crème Fraîche in your fridge to good use in one of these delicious 30+ Crème Fraîche Recipes! Crème Fraîche is so versatile and delicious in both savory and sweet recipes. It will add tang to mashed potatoes, creaminess to pea soup, richness to homemade ice cream and make a luxurious frosting on carrot cake and more!

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Crème Fraîche is a type of thickened cream with a rich, velvety texture that adds subtle tang to elevate many dishes.

This cultured cream is made through the fermentation of heavy cream using lactic acid bacteria which is what gives it its signature flavor. Crème Fraîche really adds a luxurious touch to everything from sauces and soups to desserts and pastries. Discover all the possibilities in this post!

What is the difference between crème fraîche and sour cream?

Crème fraîche and sour cream are similar but have a few distinct differences. Crème fraîche has a higher fat content, typically around 30% compared to sour cream’s 20%. Crème fraîche also has a thicker consistency and a milder, less tangy flavor than sour cream.

How long does crème fraîche last in the fridge?

Crème fraîche can typically last up to two weeks in the fridge. Check the expiration date on the tub you purchased for an accurate best before date.

Does crème fraîche curdle when heated?

Crème fraîche is excellent in sauces and soups that require simmering because unlike some dairy products like sour cream, crème fraîche has a higher fat content and is less likely to curdle when heated.

Recipes to Use Up Creme Fraiche

Close up of roasted cabbage steaks topped with bacon and drizzled with cream sauce.
Roasted Cabbage Steaks with bacon and a garlicky, creamy mustard sauce. Perfection! This delicious side dish pairs perfectly with dishes like corned beef, roasted chicken and pork chops.
Roasted Cabbage Steaks
This homemade Smoked Salmon Dip is so refreshing, creamy, and delicious! It’s made with 8 simple ingredients like fresh herbs, lemon, creme fraiche, and rich smoked salmon for an irresistible dipping experience.
Creme Fraiche Salmon Dip
This asparagus frittata with Gruyère, fresh herbs and crème fraîche is our new go-to egg dish for breakfast, lunch or even dinner served with a simple side salad.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Asparagus Frittata With Crème Fraîche
Mac and cheese lovers, this one’s for you! This mac and cheese is a real fun-guy, cremini mushroom that is. Bad dad jokes aside, we think you’ll love our shroomy version of the classic.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Mushroom Mac and Cheese
Filled with fresh thyme, wild mushrooms and buttery onions, with a rich and creamy crème fraîche base, this savory galette recipe is sure to become your number one stunner this foraging season.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Easy Mushroom Galette
This mixed mushroom alfredo pasta is made with sautéed mushrooms in a creamy white wine and crème fraîche sauce.
Recipe: Cooking With Cocktail Rings
Mushroom Alfredo Pasta
Crispy smashed fried potatoes are topped with creme fraiche, chives and caviar for a luxurious and indulgent holiday side.
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
Crispy Smashed Fried Potatoes
This recipe for slow scrambled eggs takes a bit of patience but it results in ribbons of almost creamy eggs (without adding cream).
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
Slow Scrambled Eggs
This butternut squash soup recipe is made with roasted squash with a sweet nutty taste similar to pumpkin complimented by the maple cream.
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Cream
Fully embracing all the winter citrus with this Ombrè Citrus Cream Tart. Not only is this tart bursting with vibrant colors, but it’s beyond delicious, so easy, and extra pretty. Bonus? It’s made just a touch healthier with whipped greek yogurt and a light drizzle of honey for sweetness.
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Citrus Cream Tart
The most perfect buttery herbed mashed potatoes. Made simply with cream, fresh herbs, a little garlic, and a good amount of butter. Each bite is perfect and so delicious. The secret? Crème fraîche for creaminess, and herbed brown butter for incredible flavor.
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Buttery Herbed Mashed Potatoes
Crème Fraîche Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars…sweet, doughy, buttery, filled with chocolate chunks, and swirled with an almost custard-like, crème fraîche.
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Crème Fraîche Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars
Indulge in the creamy delight of the best lemon cheesecake with poppy seed crust. The perfect dessert for all cheesecake enthusiasts!
Recipe: A Pinch of Zest
Lemon Cheesecake with Poppy Seed Crust
Get ready to enjoy a dessert that is so easy to make, but so gourmet, you’ll wow your friends and family alike! Dive into some Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta!
Recipe: A Simple Pantry
Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta
Crème Fraîche Ranch This is a no fuss, no blend, simple ranch that can be whipped up in no time. I am literally in love with this ranch!
Recipe: Lindsey Eats LA
Creme Fraiche Ranch
This last-minute easy appetizer is exactly what you need to start a summer meal: marinated tomato toast with creme fraiche & herbs.
Recipe: The Original Dish
Marinated Tomato Toast with Creme Fraiche
A traditional French soup that combines fresh peas and lettuce with leeks or shallots to make a luscious creamy soup that can be enjoyed straight off the oven or chilled.
Recipe: Olive and Mango
Fresh Pea Soup
Indulge in a romantic breakfast with these irresistible Crème Fraîche Pancakes! Perfect for a leisurely weekend brunch!
Recipe: To Salt & See
Crème Fraîche Pancakes
Peach season is in full swing, and this Peach Crème Fraiche Streusel Tart is the perfect way to celebrate! This rustic dessert combines a classic French shortcrust (Pâte Sablée) with ripe peaches dotted with crème fraiche and then topped with a crumbly streusel. 
Recipe: Pardon Your French
Peach Crème Fraiche Streusel Tart
“Concombre à la Crème” is an easy-breezy recipe that you can often find on French tables during Summer time. This delicious chilled salad features crunchy cucumber, tangy shallots and herbs all tossed together in – you guessed it – smooth crème fraiche.
Recipe: Pardon Your French
Cucumber Salad with Crème Fraiche
This Raspberry Swiss Roll makes the perfect Spring dessert. Soft, lemon sponge rolled with intense raspberry jam and sweet cream.
Recipe: Emma Duckworth Bakes
Raspberry Swiss Roll
Amazing grilled peaches with a honey balsamic glaze topped with creme fraiche. Included is a recipe for homemade creme fraiche to top them!
Recipe: White on Rice Couple
Grilled Peaches with Creme Fraiche
Chicken Dijon, chicken breast cooked with delicious Dijon (French) mustard and crème fraiche sauce. it's creamy and flavor packed!
Recipe: Chef De Home
Creamy Mustard Chicken
Rich and tangy homemade crème fraîche ice cream made with just 4 ingredients and about 20 minutes of active time.
Recipe: Bojon Gourmet
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream
The filling? The softest, smoothest, most dulcet, coffee crème fraîche flavoured interior that’s studded with flecks of vanilla bean. The base? A brown butter number. With toasted hazelnuts and grahams. Bittersweet dark chocolate ganache to adorn. A slight hint of flaked salt.
Recipe: Butter and Brioche
Coffee Crème Fraîche Cheesecake
Creme fraiche, adds a touch of richness and creates an impossibly soft crumb, creating a banana bread that is so tender that I’ll actually use the word *moist* to describe it.
Recipe: Bites Out of Life
Banana Bread with Creme Fraiche
This Brioche French Toast with Blueberry Compote and Crème Fraîche is the ultimate breakfast or brunch treat! It’s so easy and full of flavor!
Recipe: Butter Be Ready
Brioche French Toast
Finnish Salmon Soup is a hearty, flavorful soup made with carrots, leeks, potatoes, creme fraiche and lots of fresh dill. It’s cozy and nourishing!
Recipe: Well Seasoned Studio
Creamy Finnish Salmon Soup with Dill
Carrot cake has always been a favorite of mine and this version is a winner. Moist layers studded with little shreds of sweet carrot, scented with magical cardamom and cinnamon, all enrobed in a tangy crème fraiche frosting make for the perfect spring cake.
Recipe: The Kitchen McCabe
Cardamom Carrot Cake with Creme Fraiche Frosting
This light yet creamy artichoke soup is the perfect year-round soup-it takes advantage of canned artichoke hearts and some other pantry and refrigerator staples to make a warm, comforting vegetarian side dish!
Recipe: Never Not Hungry
Creamy Artichoke Soup with Crème Fraîche

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30+ Creme Fraiche Recipes

Put that half full tub of Crème Fraîche in your fridge to good use in one of these delicious 30+ Creme Fraiche Recipes! Crème Fraîche is so versatile and is delicious in both savory and sweet recipes. It will add tang to mashed potatoes, creaminess to pea soup, richness to homemade ice cream and make a luxurious frosting on carrot cake and more! Try these roasted cabbage steaks with creme fraiche drizzle.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Stand the cabbage up root end on your cutting board. Cut into ½ inch thick slices, being careful to hold the leaves together. You can leave the core in, it will soften as it cooks.
  • Arrange the cabbage steaks on two cookie sheets. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 18 minutes, turn over, then roast for 18 additional minutes.
  • Meanwhile, fry the bacon and make your sauce.
  • Add the bacon pieces to a skillet set over medium heat. Cook until bacon is crisp and then remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Combine the creme fraiche, lemon juice, dijon mustard and garlic in a small bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • One the cabbage steaks are cooked, drizzle them with the creme fraiche sauce and sprinkle them with the bacon. Serve immediately.
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Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 844mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 173.6mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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