What Can I Use as a Substitute for Fat Free Fromage Frais?

This is a question that I’ve been asked a couple of times via questions from the Contact Page or in Comments on various posts so I thought was worth putting the answer in a post where it could be read and found by a lot more people.

Fromage frais literally translated means fresh cheese and it is a type of unripened cheese that is mild and creamy and intended to be eaten almost as soon as it has been made. You can find different versions of this type of white unripened cheese in many countries around the world, for example  Germany has quark, Spain queso fresco and Italy ricotta.

Fat free fromage frais is usually a softer version of cream cheese and if you are unable to find fromage frais there are a few substitutes for fromage frais that I know of

  • You can use zero fat greek yogurt as a direct replacement
  • You can mix equal parts of zero fat cottage cheese and zero fat plain yogurt until smooth or
  • You can also make your own by draining plain zero fat yogurt in muslin over night.

If you are looking for an easier way of draining yogurt you may be interested in the Cuisipro Donvier Yogurt Cheese Maker which can be purchased via Amazon.

Cuisipro Donvier Yogurt Cheese Maker

  • It converts 3 cups of yogurt into 1 cup of yogurt cheese in about 24 hours
  • The Cheese Maker Unit consists of plastic container and stainless-steel fine-mesh strainer
  • The container and lid are dishwasher-safe
  • It has a sealed lid to prevent odor transfer
  • It comes highly recommended by 182 Amazon customers with a 4.5 star rating

What are these customers saying

  • “This is the simplest and best device for making yogurt cheese”
  • “This works better than cheesecloth and colander or sieve. If you like yogurt cheese or are on a low-fat diet, this is a handy thing to have.”
  • “I love this little item. Small and simple…easy to clean and store.”
  • “There is no weird metal taste, its easy to use, easy to clean and stacks easily in my fridge (unlike a homemade bowl/coffee filter contraption). I don’t have to worry about it being contaminated or taking on any weird smells from the fridge.”

33 Responses to “What Can I Use as a Substitute for Fat Free Fromage Frais?”

  • Manal on October 31, 2017

    I couldn’t find oat bran in my country, would wholegrain oats be ok?

    • Amber on November 4, 2017

      Hi Manal

      Sorry there are no substitutes for oat bran. If you can’t find it just leave it out.

      Kind regards


  • Vanessa on September 18, 2017

    The Dukan Diet book brings quite a number of recipes for the Attack phase. Quite a number of the fish/shellfish recipes have “dry white wine” as an ingredient. How come this is allowed if it’s not on the list of allowed foods??

  • Karen Foster Custer on April 17, 2017

    I don’t really like cheese. What are my alternatives?

    • Amber on April 18, 2017

      Hi Karen

      I don’t know of any non-cheese substitutes for fromage frais. Sorry:(



  • Brenda on January 27, 2017

    Can I freeze from age frail in a smoked salmon and carrot roulade?

    • Amber on January 28, 2017

      Hi Jeannie

      Some recipes seem to freeze without a detrimental effect but others don’t. I’d suggest freezing a small amount and seeing what happens.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

      Kind regards


  • Devi on July 8, 2015

    What is the equivalent of fatfree fromage frais that you can find in India?

    • Amber on July 11, 2015

      Hi Devi

      Fromage frais is a soft white cheese made by draining yogurt but I don’t know if you have a similar product in India and it is quite easy to make your own. It is made in a similar way to Paneer cheese but it does not have so much of the liquid drained off.

      Kind regards


    • Nikki on September 2, 2015

      Turkish Lebneh. Found in every mid east store I could think of. Lebneh is strained yogurt.

      • Amber on September 6, 2015

        Thanks for the information Nikki


  • Georgie on January 12, 2015

    Is there a none dairy alternative for Formage Frais?

    • Amber on January 12, 2015

      Hi Georgie

      I’ve only ever seen soy fat free yogurts – sorry:(

      Kind regards


  • Barbara on October 5, 2014

    Amber, am now in the cruise phase and would like to try the Dukan pizza, but do not know what Rocket is? I am guessing a lowfat cheese found in Europe, but I live in the U.S. What could I use as a substitute? Thank you. Very happy to have found your website.

    • Amber on October 5, 2014

      Hi Barbara

      Rocket is a type of lettuce, in the US I think it is called arugula.

      Best wishes


  • Claudia on May 22, 2014

    Hi Amber,

    Would I be able to substitute Fat Free Fromage Frais with a fat free & no cholesterol sour cream? It has: 20 Calories per serving size (35g), 0 g total fat, 1 g Total Carbs, 0g Sugars, 0g fiber, 1g Protein, 45 mg Sodium.

    However, when I look at the ingredients is says that it contains sugar…


    • Amber on May 23, 2014

      Hi Claudia

      Milk products contain a naturally occurring sugar called lactose. Based on the fat and carbs levels it looks fine:)


      • Claudia on May 24, 2014

        Thank you Amber!

        I just wanted to say that you have such an informative and easy to follow website set up. So far I’m on my 6th and last day of the Attack Phase and I’ve lost 9lbs !yay! I am sick with a cold at the moment but nothing a little tea and vitamins can’t fix 🙂 I can’t wait to try the Cruise recipes!

        • Amber on May 25, 2014

          Hi Claudia

          I’m pleased you’ve found my site useful and hope you are soon feeling better.

          Best wishes


  • Tanisha on May 5, 2014


    I would like to know if there is a substitute for Fromage Frais and quark as I am struggling to find some. Are you allowed to eat any product with zero fat? (E.g zero-fat jelly or a chocolate made from sweetener instead of sugar?)


    • Amber on May 5, 2014

      Hi Tanisha

      This post explains how you can replace fromage frais with other products. Quark can be made by draining liquid overnight from plain Greek yogurt.

      The Dukan is a high protein, low fat, low carb diet, so a zero fat food is only hitting one of the requirements.

      Kind regards


      • Kerstin on July 26, 2015

        Amber, you actually have a recipe to make quark? With the Cuisipro? Can not find anything.

        • Amber on August 6, 2015

          Hi Kerstin

          It isn’t a recipe it is a strainer. There is a picture in the post.

          Kind regards


  • marilyn on October 25, 2013

    what is the difference between low fat creme frais and low fat fromage frais ..

    • Amber on October 26, 2013

      Hi Marilyn

      Fromage frais is a soft curd cheese a little like cream cheese while creme frais is made from sour cream and is like a thick cream. Fromage frais is allowed on the Dukan Diet while creme frais is not. I’ve never seen a creme frais with less than 2% fat content while you can get fat free fromage frais.

      Kind regards


      • marilyn on October 28, 2013

        Thank you for that. Thankfully I didn’t buy it as people were saying was much the same … seems that isn’t quite true

  • Fabia on October 26, 2011

    Hi Amber,

    Is it okay to replace fromage frais with Bulla’s low fat cottage cheese? It has 2.2g of fat per 100g/3%fat) and 4.7g of sugar per 100g


    • Amber on October 26, 2011

      Hi Fabia

      It is just a little higher in fat that you should be aiming for as the maximum fat content of any dairy should be 2% or less but the sugar content is fine as this is all naturally occurring sugar rather than anything which has been added.

      Best wishes


  • Theresa on August 16, 2011

    I was able to find Formage Frais, but not fat free….is it okay to use just regurlar Formage Frais, It states that per 1 serving (30g) it is 3g of fat.


    • Amber on August 16, 2011

      Hi Theresa

      I’m sorry but this fromage frais is too high in fat . At 10% it isn’t even suitable to use as a tolerated item.

      Kind regards


      • tallie on August 9, 2014

        What about using ricotta?

        • Amber on August 9, 2014

          Hi Tallie

          If you can get fat free ricotta I think it would work.

          Thanks for the suggestion


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