19 Goat Cheese Substitutes (Vegan & Non-Vegan)

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If you’re looking for a goat cheese substitute, you’ve come to the right place.

Here is the ultimate guide to all possible cheese substitutes for goat cheese in your recipes. 

Whether you’re looking for something to use in a recipe or something to spread on a cracker, there’s a goat cheese substitute out there for you.

So, let’s get started. 

19 Goat Cheese Substitutes

1. Cream Cheese 

Cream cheese is the ideal substitute for goat cheese as it is similar in texture and its flavors are mild enough that it gives you room to work with different kinds of recipes.

It lacks the signature tang of goat cheese but still works well. 

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute goat cheese with equal measures of cream cheese. Since it lacks the signature tangy flavor of goat cheese, you can add a bit of Greek yogurt to your recipe to get the flavors just right.

Here is a cream cheese pasta recipe that you can give a try – 

2. Mascarpone 

Light and mild in flavor with a creamy soft texture, mascarpone is a great alternative to fresh goat cheese in both sweet and savory recipes.

It is perfect for baking, desserts, and even cooking. 

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute goat cheese with a 1:1 ratio in almost any recipe. Keep in mind that mascarpone is ideal for desserts because of its sweet taste. In savory recipes, you might want to adjust the seasoning accordingly.

Check out this no-bake mascarpone cheesecake recipe that you can try instead of a goat cheese recipe – 

3. Feta Cheese

Soft and crumbly, feta cheese is a great alternative to aged and more flavorful goat cheese.

It has a salty and spicy kick to its flavor, making it ideal for pasta or salad recipes. You could also use feta cheese in pastries or pies.

It is a great low-fat option.

How to Substitute? 

You can replace feta cheese for goat cheese in equal measures. But keep in mind that feta cheese is saltier than goat cheese, so the recipe might need slight adjustments. 

For a frittata recipe with a feta cheese alternative, you can try this recipe – 

4. Ricotta Cheese

Creamy in texture and mild and fresh in flavor, ricotta cheese is the best substitute for goat cheese in pasta, pizza, bakes, soups, and much more.

Ricotta cheese is the best alternative for those who are looking for less strong flavors, unlike goat cheese. 

How to Substitute? 

You can replace the goat cheese with more or less the same amount of ricotta cheese. But because of its higher moisture content, you will have to adjust the moisture in the recipe and add more salt.

Here is a ricotta cheese pasta that you can try when you run out of goat cheese – 

5. Fromage Blanc 

Although it may be harder to get your hands on, Fromage blanc comes closest to goat cheese in terms of flavor and texture.

It is slightly sweeter and fattier than goat cheese but still goes perfectly well in most recipes. 

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute goat cheese with a 1:1 ratio of Fromage blanc. Keep in mind that Fromage blanc spoils faster than goat cheese.

6. Cottage Cheese

Easy to make at home, cottage cheese is a great quick-fix substitute for goat cheese.

Although it is quite grainy and lumpy in texture, you can blend and refrigerate it to get it to be closer to goat cheese in texture.

How to Substitute? 

You can use equal portions of cottage cheese in your goat cheese recipe. But remember that cottage cheese doesn’t melt smoothly and can affect the texture of the recipe when you cook with it.

Check out this cottage cheese pasta recipe that you can use to replace your goat cheese-based recipe – 

7. Tofu 

Tofu is a great goat cheese alternative for vegans. You could also make your blend with tofu to get the exact flavors of goat cheese.

It is great for recipes that don’t call for melting cheese, as tofu does not melt well.

How to Substitute? 

Wherever crumbly and soft goat cheese is required you can use the same measure of tofu or tofu-based vegan goat cheese. 

Here is how you can make a tofu blend of vegan goat cheese at home – 

8. Blue Cheese

Blue cheese is a good substitute for goat cheese if you are fond of sharp and creamy flavors. It is a great way to elevate your basic recipes.

It is always best to go for young or less mature blue cheese because as it ages, the flavors get saltier and sharper.

How to Substitute? 

You can replace the goat cheese with the same measure of blue cheese in most recipes. But since blue cheese is an acquired taste for many, you can start small when experimenting. 

For a quick breakfast of blue cheese omelet, check out this YouTube tutorial – 

9. Cotija Cheese

Cotija is a saltier alternative to goat cheese. It is soft and as it ages it gets crumblier in texture, much like goat cheese.

This Mexican cheese is best used in salads or to crumble over dishes, since it does melt as well as goat cheese.

How to Substitute? 

You can use more or less the same amount of cotija cheese in your goat cheese recipe. But you might have to adjust the salt ratio of the recipe to get the flavors right. 

10. Queso Anejo 

Queso Anejo is a Mexican cheese substitute for goat cheese, perfect for those who want the same flavors and texture of goat cheese without its same funkiness.

It is a crumbly cheese that melts well and goes well in most recipes. 

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute goat cheese with the same measure of Queso Anejo cheese in most recipes. Though there may be slight flavor differences, the overall recipe should still taste good. 

11. Halloumi Cheese

For fried cheese recipes or Greek cheese recipes with goat cheese, Halloumi is a great choice.

Because of its high melting point, you can use it for baking or grilling recipes.

It is milder in flavor which is great for those who aren’t fond of funky cheese flavors. 

How to Substitute? 

Halloumi is a good substitute in limited recipes of goat cheese as it does not melt well. But you can use it in the same measure when substituting.

Here is a lovely halloumi salad recipe that you could try at home – 

12. Parmesan Cheese

Parmesan not only offers the same salty taste and melty texture; it is also easier to get your hands on parmesan in stores near you.

You can use it in pasta, pizza, bakes, toasts, and more where goat cheese is called for. 

How to Substitute? 

You can replace the goat cheese with equal measures of parmesan cheese. But keep in mind that there will be slight flavor differences in the final recipe.

Here is a parmesan cheese pizza recipe that you can easily make at home – 

13. Gruyere Cheese

Much like parmesan, gruyere is a good choice if you are looking for familiar flavors that melt well and work great in recipes like pasta, grilled cheese, bakes, and the like.

It is quite different from goat cheese in flavor but mild enough to work just fine. 

How to Substitute? 

You can use the same measure of Gruyere cheese instead of goat cheese in most of your recipes, although there will be flavor differences. 

Here is a Gruyere mac and cheese recipe that you can give a try – 

14. Emmental Cheese

This Swiss cheese is yet another mild and creamy cheese that you can use instead of goat cheese if you are not fond of the funky and earthy flavors of goat cheese.

It works best on pasta, pizza, grilled cheese, etc. 

How to Substitute? 

You can use more or less the same measure of goat cheese in most of the recipes. But keep in mind that the flavors will be slightly different. 

15. Camembert Cheese

Camembert is a more elevated cheese that you can use to replace goat cheese, where you are looking for its earthy flavors along with the smooth and creamy soft texture.

It is a great addition to several recipes like bakes, pastries, grilled cheese, and more.

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute goat cheese with equal measures of camembert cheese as long as you are used to the rich flavors of camembert cheese. 

For a baked camembert cheese recipe, here is a YouTube tutorial to help you out – 

16. Queso Fresco Cheese

Queso fresco is easy to make at home and is a perfect alternative to goat cheese if you like the acidic kick-in flavor.

It is soft and crumbly in texture but does not melt well. It is perfect for salads or to use as stuffing.

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute queso fresco for goat cheese in the same measure in most recipes. But if the recipe calls for melting cheese, it is best not to opt for queso fresco. 

If you would like to make some queso fresco at home, check out this YouTube video – 

17. Paneer

For salads, sandwiches, or pastries, where the recipe does not call for melting cheese, you can go for paneer as an alternative to goat cheese.

Paneer is quite bland in comparison, so it is a blank canvass in terms of flavor. 

How to Substitute? 

You can use more or less the same portion of paneer in the goat cheese recipe. But you will have to adjust the seasoning of the recipe to get the right flavors. 

18. Greek Yogurt

Mild and creamy, Greek yogurt is a good substitute for goat cheese in recipes where the cheese is not the star.

Greek yogurt is a quick fix in baking recipes where you need a creamy, cheesy element that balances the flavors.

How to Substitute? 

You can substitute goat cheese with the same measure of Greek yogurt but adjustments will have to be made to the seasoning and moisture levels. 

19. Labneh 

In recipes where goat cheese is used as a spread or topping, Labneh is another great alternative.

It is mild in flavor and perfect for most Mediterranean recipes.

Depending on the yogurt used, Labneh can taste more or less like goat cheese.

How to Substitute? 

You can use the same measure of Labneh cheese in the goat cheese recipe. Though there may be slight flavor differences, it should still taste yummy. 

Bottom Line 

I hope this article has given you an exhaustive list of goat cheese substitutes to work with. 

If you’re looking for a delicious, healthy alternative to goat cheese, try one of these substitutes!

Each of these options has its own unique flavor that will complement any dish. So whether you’re making a salad, pizza, or even just snacking on some crackers, you’re sure to find an option that you’ll love.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to share this article with your friends and family!


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About Tammy J

Tammy is currently studying in college. While attending, she has broadened her horizons by experimenting with food from all over the world, but she has a special love for Mexican and Indian cuisine. She loves traveling with her friends, and enjoys nothing more than packing up a few backpacks and hitting the open road to explore natural beauty.

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