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.

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

  • 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


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