Luscious Labneh: Creamy Yogurt Cheese Perfection


Indulge in the creamy delight of Luscious Labneh, a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. This thick, strained yogurt cheese offers a unique combination of tangy flavor and velvety texture. It's incredibly versatile, serving as a delightful spread, a base for dips, or a complement to various dishes. Whether you enjoy it at breakfast, as a snack, or as part of a meze platter, Labneh is sure to enchant your taste buds.

Luscious Labneh: Creamy Yogurt Cheese Perfection

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Straining Time: 12 hours (overnight)
  • Total Time: 12 hours 10 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 people
  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 100 kcal
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Sodium: 60 mg
  • Fiber: 0 g


  • Plain full-fat yogurt: 1 kg (35 ounces / 2.2 pounds)
  • Salt: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Mixing Yogurt and Salt: In a bowl, combine yogurt and salt.
  2. Straining: Pour the mixture into a cheesecloth-lined strainer set over a bowl. Wrap the cheesecloth around the yogurt.
  3. Refrigeration: Place the strainer and bowl in the refrigerator. Let the yogurt strain overnight, or until it reaches your desired consistency.
  4. Serving: Transfer the thickened Labneh to a serving bowl. It can be garnished with olive oil, herbs, or spices as desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • The longer Labneh strains, the thicker it will become. Adjust the time based on your preference.
  • Use full-fat yogurt for the creamiest texture.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can Labneh be made with low-fat yogurt?

Yes, but the texture and flavor will be less rich.

How should Labneh be stored?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can Labneh be used as a substitute for cream cheese?

Yes, its thick, creamy texture makes it a great alternative in many recipes.