35+ Ways to Use Up Leftover Sour Cream

Wondering how to use up that container of sour cream that’s in the fridge? Here are 35+ delicious recipe with sour cream. From main dishes, sides, sauces, baked goods, and more!

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Whether you are looking for a savory dish, a sweet treat, or a creamy topping, sour cream can be used in a variety of recipes to add a tangy flavor and creamy texture.

Sour cream is simple to use, and it is a great addition to many dishes, such as tacos, cakes, and dips. In this post, you’ll find 35+ creative recipes that will take your sour cream to the next level.

Main Dishes That Use Sour Cream

Crispy baked chicken in shallow white bowl with dollop of sour cream.
If you love Sour Cream & Onion potato chips, you’ll love this Crispy Baked Sour Cream Chicken recipe! Chicken breasts are coated with sour cream, then covered in crushed fried onions. Serve it all up with a lemon-chive sour cream sauce and you are in heaven!
Crispy Baked Sour Cream Chicken
Beef stroganoff in instant pot liner.
This easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff recipe results in the most tender beef in a creamy, saucy gravy. Made with stew meat or chuck roast, egg noodles, and sour cream, this dish has all the classic flavors that you expect! It’s the best no-fuss comfort food there is!
Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
Turkey swedish meatballs in bowl with mash potatoes.
Easy Ground Turkey Swedish Meatballs are a lightened-up version of traditional Swedish Meatballs. Served in a delicious, creamy sauce. Serve them over mashed potatoes, rice or egg noodles. 
Turkey Swedish Meatballs
Overhead close up of bowl of hungarian mushroom soup.
This Hungarian Mushroom Soup with Fresh Dill is rich, with hints of smokiness and a great umami flavor. It’s the perfect bowl of soup to warm up with this season!
Hungarian Mushroom Soup
Pork and cream sauce in large sauce pan.
Pork medallions are simmered in a tarragon cream sauce that’s rich and (make you wanna lick your plate) delicious. Plus, this delicious dish comes together in under 30 minutes and takes just four ingredients!
Pork Medallions in Cream Sauce
If you’re craving sour cream and onion, you’ll love those classic flavors in this 30-minute chicken recipe! It’s great to add to the rotation for simple weeknight dinners.

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Sour Cream and Onion Chicken
Low-Carb Chicken Divan | The Modern Proper
Creamy, cheesy, and broccoli-filled, classic chicken divan.
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Chicken Divan
It’s easy to make a hearty meal on busy weeknights with this cream of mushroom soup chicken bake recipe! It’s a dump and bake recipe that has little prep time.

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Cream of Mushroom Chicken Bake
This easy Mexican dish with a few simple ingredients, rajas poblanos con crema, combines roasted poblanos with onions in sour cream.

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Creamy Poblano Tacos (Rajas Poblanos con Crema)
Easy Southern Style Baked Mac and Cheese…soft and creamy underneath, crispy and slightly crunchy on top.
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Easy Southern Style Baked Mac and Cheese
Green Chicken Enchiladas | The Modern Proper
Creamy, cheesy, and so very easy—these comforting chicken enchiladas are slathered in tangy green enchilada sauce and are everything you’re craving today (and, let’s be honest, every day).

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Green Chicken Enchiladas


Hand reaching for irish nacho in pan.
This Irish Potato Nachos recipe is always a hit! Made with thin-sliced potatoes that are topped with cheese, bacon, pico de gallo and sour cream. Irish pub nachos are a perfect appetizer for any occasion!
Irish Potato Nachos
Sausage bites arranged on grey plate with small bowl of mustard sauce.
Sausage Bites are simmered in white wine & served with a creamy, spicy mustard dipping sauce. They’re a delicious party appetizer that cooks up quick.
Sausage Bites with Creamy Mustard
Bowl of smoked salmon dip with piece of crostini dipped into it.
This homemade Smoked Salmon Dip with Cream Cheese is so refreshing, creamy, and delicious! It’s made with 8 simple ingredients like fresh herbs, lemon, sour cream, and rich smoked salmon for an irresistible dipping experience.
Smoked Salmon Dip
Mexican Street Corn Dip: all the flavors of street corn mixed into the creamiest corn-filled dip. Quick, easy, and so delicious with chips!

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Mexican Street Corn Dip
Garlicky chunks of bread are mixed with cream cheese, spinach, and artichoke hearts then loaded back into the shell and baked for a favorite appetizer.

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Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Bread
Spinach Dip | The Modern Proper
This tasty dip is 49% green things and 51% creamy good stuff, so it’s *mostly* good for you. This easy spinach dip whips up quickly, and scoops up even faster.

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Spinach Dip
Creamy baked dip filled with lobster featuring Cheddar cheese and cream cheese is perfect served hot or cold for summer entertaining.

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Baked Lobster Dip
Creamy, dreamy homemade Brandied Caramelized Onion Dip with slowly caramelized Vidalia onions, sour cream, & cream cheese – a Midwest staple!

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Brandied Caramelized Onion Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip | The Modern Proper
Save time and effort for your next big party by making this mouthwatering, flavor-packed buffalo chicken dip.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Side Dishes

Overhead shot of bowl of mashed potatoes topped with a pat of butter, next to bowl of sour cream.
These Easy Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream are the most delicious mashed potatoes you will ever have. They're light, creamy, buttery and tangy and easy to make with the help of your stand mixer – No hand mashing required!
Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream
Overhead shot of baked goat cheese mashed potatoes in white casserole dish with serving spoon.
Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes with garlic take a classic comfort food dish to a new level! Made with tangy goat cheese, sour cream, and Parmesan cheese, these potatoes are perfectly creamy and flavorful every time.
Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
In this creamy cucumber salad recipe, sliced cucumber is tossed in creamy dressing made from sour cream and vinegar mixture with fresh dill.

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Creamy Cucumber Salad
Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes, an epic marriage of homemade au gratin potatoes & loaded baked potatoes with all the fixings – seriously the best!

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Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes with Bacon
This zucchini casserole eats like a gratin topped with Parmesan cheese and toasted bread crumbs for an easy side dish everyone loves.

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Easy Zucchini Casserole with Parmesan


Crema arranged on plate with limes and cilantro.
This quick and tangy Cilantro Lime Crema is ready in just 5 minutes. Better than sour cream, this Mexican condiment is flavored with fresh cilantro and lime juice to create a creamy and vibrant dressing, taco topping, or dipping sauce.
Cilantro Lime Crema
Jar of chipotle crema with spoon on small plate next to lime wedges and small bowl of chipotles.
Add some smoke and spice to your favorite recipes with this Chipotle Crema. A Mexican-inspired sauce, this creamy mix is made with chipotles in adobo to give a boost to tacos, salads, and more!
Chipotle Crema
Side view of container of blue cheese dressing in small jar with spoon.
This is the BEST Steakhouse Blue Cheese Dressing recipe. It takes less than five minutes to make. Super creamy, tangy and loaded with chunky blue cheese. Drizzle it over a Wedge Salad or serve it alongside some Buffalo Wings. 
Steakhouse Blue Cheese Dressing
Crab cakes topped with lemon wedges and dollops of crab cake sauce.
This cool and creamy Crab Cake Sauce has just enough tanginess, smokiness, and spice to pair with far more than crab cakes. It’s fantastic with fries and other crispy finger foods, spread on sandwiches, and even with steak!
Crab Cake Sauce

Baked Goods

Moist and tender, with a coconut-speckled crumb topping, this sour cream coffee cake is easy, delicious and—bonus!—can easily be made gluten free.

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Swirled Blueberry Lemon Thyme Loaf Cake, to celebrate the weekend and the start of summertime baking. Simpler than you’d think, so delicious and so pretty!

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Swirled Blueberry Lemon Thyme Cake
Sour Cream Sugar Cookies | The Modern Proper
Gather loved ones young and old around a batch of these Sour Cream Sugar Cookies, and settle in for a lazy afternoon of festive decorating and cozy memory-making.
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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Deliciously simple Skillet Cinnamon Sugar Peach Upside Down Cake…with a dollop of vanilla bourbon cream for a show-stopping look, with minimal effort!

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Skillet Cinnamon Sugar Peach Upside Down Cake
Iced Lemon Loaf…with an extra swirl of cream cheese. Better than any coffee shop, nice spring vibes, plus easier than you’d think to make!

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Iced Lemon Loaf
This seasonal summer pie is made with key lime juice and condensed milk topped with sour cream whipped cream for a tasty dessert.

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Key Lime Pie
Cinnamon Sugar Swirled Apple Butter Bread: slightly healthier and better than any coffee shop, this yummy bread is a real fall treat!

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Cinnamon Sugar Swirled Apple Butter Bread
Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins: So much simpler than you’d think…just 1 bowl. Wonderful to enjoy anytime and better than the bakery!

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Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins
Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Crème Cake…the prettiest simple spring cake! Easier than you’d think to make and most importantly, so delicious!

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Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Custard Cake

Sour Cream FAQs

How Long Does Sour Cream Last?

Unopened Sour Cream: When stored in the refrigerator, unopened sour cream can typically last up to 2-3 weeks beyond the “sell-by” or “best-by” date on the packaging. It’s important to note that the quality may start to deteriorate gradually after the expiration date.

Opened Sour Cream: Once opened, sour cream should be consumed within 7-10 days for optimal freshness.

Can you Freeze Sour Cream?

Yes, sour cream can be frozen. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. Freezing sour cream may change its texture, causing it to become slightly grainy or separated upon thawing. This change in texture is mainly due to the separation of the water content from the cream. However, the frozen sour cream can still be used in cooking and baking, where the texture change may not be as noticeable.

It’s important to note that freezing sour cream is not recommended if you plan to use it for dips or as a topping, as the texture change may be more apparent in these applications.

To freeze sour cream, follow these steps:

  1. Check the expiration date: Make sure the sour cream is not expired before freezing it.
  2. Transfer to a freezer-safe container: Pour the sour cream into a freezer-safe container with an airtight seal. It’s best to use a container that allows some headspace for expansion during freezing.
  3. Label and date: Clearly label the container with the contents and the date of freezing. This will help you keep track of how long it has been in the freezer.
  4. Freeze: Place the container in the freezer and ensure it is stored in a stable position where it won’t get knocked over.

When you’re ready to use the frozen sour cream, it’s best to thaw it slowly in the refrigerator. Avoid thawing it at room temperature, as rapid thawing can further affect the texture. Once thawed, give the sour cream a good stir to blend it back together.

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35+ Recipes with Sour Cream

Here are 35+ amazingly delicious sour cream recipes. Main dishes, sauces, baked goods & more recipes that use sour cream! Try these Easy Turkey Swedish Meatballs. Served in a delicious, creamy sauce. Serve them over mashed potatoes, rice or egg noodles. 
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people



Swedish Meatball Sauce

For Serving:


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Shape mixture into 2-inch balls and place in a casserole dish. Pour 1 cup chicken broth around meatballs.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through. (Temperature should register 160-degrees)
  • Meanwhile, make the gravy.
  • In a large skillet, whisk together cornstarch and broth until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low and stir in sour cream, worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove meatballs from oven and add them to the gravy using a slotted spoon (discard the cooking broth); continue to cook 1-2 minutes, spooning gravy over the meatballs. Garnish with parsley.
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Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1174mg | Potassium: 624mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 298IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2mg

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