Get Cultured with Our 30 Best Yogurt Recipes

There's no limit on what to make with yogurt

Yogurt is so much more than a refrigerator snack. This versatile dairy is essential for both sweet and savory dishes in cuisines across the globe. But first, here's how to make your own yogurt.

Once you've mastered homemade yogurt, it's time to apply the stuff to your favorite global snacks. Bring a taste of India into your kitchen with our traditional mango lassi recipe—lassi are refreshing Indian fruit shakes that help soothe the heat of the most fiery curries. Or try one of our colorful raitas—India's most versatile condiment. Or head west to the Mediterranean, where classic chicken shawarma is marinated in yogurt then served on a stick.

Find all these dishes and more in our collection of yogurt recipes.

Grilled Yogurt-Marinated Lamb Shoulder Chops

Grilled Yogurt-Marinated Lamb Shoulder Chops
These lamb shoulder chops tenderize in a yogurt marinade flavored with cumin and cardamom before grilling. Get the recipe for Grilled Yogurt-Marinated Lamb Shoulder Chops »Thomas Payne

Potatoes and Peas in Yogurt Sauce

Potatoes and Peas in Yogurt Sauce
This potato curry recipe uses yogurt for a sauce, thickened with chickpea flour. Get the recipe for Potatoes and Peas in Yogurt Sauce »Matt Taylor-Gross

Yogurt Bundt Cake with Passion Fruit Sauce

Yogurt Bundt Cake with Passion Fruit Sauce
This passion-fruit-drizzled cake gets its tangy moist crumb from yogurt. Get the recipe for Yogurt Bundt Cake with Passion Fruit Sauce »Ingalls Photography

Cured Fluke with Yogurt, Watermelon, Sunflower Seeds, and Togarashi

Cured Fluke with Yogurt, Watermelon, Sunflower Seeds, and Togarashi
Breakfast, brunch, or snack, we could serve (and eat) this quick-cured, no-cook fish dish from John Karangis of Union Square Events, any time of day. It works exceptionally well as a summer starter, served with a savory lime yogurt and refreshing cubes of ripe watermelon, then sprinkled with flecks of shichimi togarashi: a spicy, tangy, earthy Japanese spice mix. Get the recipe Cured Fluke with Yogurt, Watermelon, Sunflower Seeds, and Togarashi »Matt Taylor-Gross

Albanian Baked Lamb and Rice with Yogurt (Tave Kosi)

Albanian Baked Lamb and Rice with Yogurt (Tave Kosi)
Garlicky lamb and rice baked under a thick, tart veil of yogurt is a dish beloved throughout Albania. Get the recipe for Albanian Baked Lamb and Rice with Yogurt (Tave Kosi) »Ingalls Photography

Beet Raita

Beet Raita
This cooling yogurt mix can be served as relish, dip, salad, or side. Get the recipe for Beet Raita »Ingalls Photography

Three-Beet Salad with Orange-Yogurt Dressing

Three-Beet Salad with Orange-Yogurt Dressing
In this bold salad, roasted, pickled, and raw beets tangle with a creamy orange–yogurt dressing. Get the recipe for Three-Beet Salad with Orange-Yogurt Dressing »Ryan Liebe

Finnish Whipped Porridge with Yogurt Cream (Vispipuuro)

Finnish Whipped Porridge with Yogurt Cream (Vispipuuro)
In Minnesota's "Finnish Triangle," vispipuuro, a sweet, whipped, pudding-like porridge, is sometimes made with a tart wild fruit called the highbush cranberry. Get the recipe for Finnish Whipped Porridge with Yogurt Cream (Vispipuuro) »Kyle Johnson

Kohlrabi and Watercress Salad

Kohlrabi and Watercress Salad
For a twist on the classic Waldorf salad, try tossing sweet apples with crisp watercress and nutty kohlrabi in a sumac-infused yogurt dressing. Get the recipe for Kohlrabi and Watercress Salad »Helen Rosner

Chickpeas with Pita and Spiced Yogurt (Fattet Hummus)

Chickpeas with Pita and Spiced Yogurt (Fattet Hummus)
Across the Levant, you will find variations on fatteh, dishes built on toasted or fried day-old bread. The term comes from the Arabic word "fatta", meaning to crumble bread. In this Lebanese version from author Fouad Kassab's mother Isabelle, brown butter tops a layered dish of baked pita and chickpeas tossed with spiced yogurt. To save time, soak the chickpeas in water and baking soda: the alkilinity of the soda breaks down the beans' cellular walls and can reduce cooking time by thirty five minutes. Get the recipe for Chickpeas with Pita and Spiced Yogurt (Fattet Hummus) »James Oseland

Labneh Tart

Labneh Tart
Labneh, a thick strained yogurt, is the base for this vanilla-spiked tart. Get the recipe for Labneh Tart »Andre Baranowski

Cucumber-Tomato Yogurt

Cucumber-Tomato Yogurt
This basic raita is a cooling counterpoint to fiery foods, thanks to its foundation of full-fat yogurt, cucumber, and mint. Plum tomatoes add a hint of acid, Thai chiles heat, and cumin a slight earthiness. Get the recipe for Cucumber-Tomato Yogurt »Ingalls Photography

Spicy Pineapple Yogurt (Kaitha Chaka Pachadi)

Spicy Pineapple Yogurt (Kaitha Chaka Pachadi)
This zippy raita gets its punch from green Thai chiles and its sweetness from pineapple. A piquant mixture of black mustard seeds, dried red chiles, and curry leaves lends the sauce an earthy spice. Get the recipe for Spicy Pineapple Yogurt (Kaitha Chaka Pachadi) »Ingalls Photography

Pigeon Pea Fritters with Yogurt-Tomato Sauce (Vadai Pachadi)

Pigeon Pea Fritters with Yogurt-Tomato Sauce (Vadai Pachadi)
In Tamil-speaking households, a combination of fritters with sauce is referred to as vadai pachadi. Served for weddings and religious holidays, these spicy fritters get their signature crunch from yellow split peas and are topped with a creamy, tangy yogurt-tomato sauce. Get the recipe for Pigeon Pea Fritters with Yogurt-Tomato Sauce (Vadai Pachadi) »Ingalls Photography

Rajasthani White Chicken Curry (Safed Maans)

Rajasthani White Chicken Curry (Safed Maans)
A seasoned coconut chicken curry is tempered with yogurt. Get the recipe for Rajasthani White Chicken Curry »James Roper

Curried Yogurt Stew (Kadhi)

Curried Yogurt Stew (Kadhi)
Chickpea flour acts as a stabilizer, preventing yogurt from curdling in this aromatic soup. Get the recipe for Curried Yogurt Stew (Kadhi) »André Baranowski

Yogurt with Banana and Grated Coconut (Kela ka Raita)

Yogurt with Banana and Grated Coconut (Kela ka Raita)
At the Indian table, a variety of yogurt-based raitas mollify the tongue-searing effect of chiles. This version, made fruity and sweet with the addition of coconut and banana, is adapted from Foods of the World: The Cooking of India (Time Life, 1969). Get the recipe for Yogurt with Banana and Grated Coconut (Kela ka Raita) »Ingalls Photography

Sweet Yogurt with Saffron and Pistachios (Shrikhand)

Sweet Yogurt with Saffron and Pistachios (Shrikhand)
Pistachios, cardamom seeds, and saffron are mixed into yogurt to make this cool and creamy dessert. Get the recipe for Sweet Yogurt with Saffron and Pistachios »Todd Coleman

Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi
Use the ripest, sweetest, smoothest mangos you can find, such as Champagne or Haitian varieties, to make this yogurt-enriched Indian fruit shake. The sweet-tart drink makes a fine breakfast smoothie, or cooling accompaniment to spicy meals.. Get the recipe for Mango Lassi »Nissan Haque

Cucumber Yogurt Dip (Tzatziki)

Cucumber Yogurt Dip (Tzatziki)
Grated cucumber marries with chopped herbs and aromatics in this iconic Greek yogurt condiment. Get the recipe for Cucumber Yogurt Dip (Tzatziki) »André Baranowski

Smoked Yogurt

Smoked Yogurt
Smoking yogurt over wood and mixing it with white miso creates a complex, unusual dip. Get the recipe for Smoked Yogurt »Ingalls Photography

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Shawarma

Grilling, Chicken Shawarma
Soak up the flavorful juices of these Mediterranean-spiced chicken skewers by resting them on grilled pita during the final stages of cooking in this dish which uses yogurt's natural acidity to tenderize tough cuts of meat. Get the recipe for Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Shawarma »Michael Turek

Chilled Yogurt and Chickpea Soup

Yogurt and Chickpea Soup
Packed with green lentils, wheat berries, and black-eyed peas, this filling, tangy soup is brightened with handfuls of fresh parsley and mint. Get the recipe for Chilled Yogurt and Chickpea Soup »Cem Talu

Cilantro Yogurt Chutney

Cilantro Yogurt Chutney
This creamy yogurt-based chutney is made with cilantro, lime, and fresh green chiles. Get the recipe for Cilantro Yogurt Chutney »Ingalls Photography

Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing

Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing
Light, tangy yogurt replaces rich mayonnaise in the herb-laced dressing for this salad. Get the recipe for Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing »André Baranowski

Eritrean Spicy Tomato Bread Salad with Yogurt (Fata)

Eritrean Spicy Tomato Bread Salad with Yogurt (Fata)
In the Horn of Africa, they serve a version of panzanella tossed not with fresh tomatoes, but with a rich, spicy tomato stew. Crusty bread soaks up the juices and cooling yogurt provides contrast and sweet relief. Get the recipe for Eritrean Spicy Tomato Bread Salad with Yogurt (Fata) »Matt Taylor-Gross

Cold Yogurt and Herb Soup with Chickpeas

Cold Yogurt and Herb Soup with Chickpeas
Rice and garbanzos add body to this vegetarian soup laced with fresh greens and herbs. Serve it chilled—as we have done—or, if you prefer, just slightly warmed. Get the recipe for Cold Yogurt and Herb Soup with Chickpeas »Justin Walker

Sautéed Onion and Yogurt Dip

Sautéed Onion and Yogurt Dip
This recipe is a far cry from the gloopy, mayonnaise-like onion dip you'll find in a jar at your local grocery store. It's light, tangy, and inspired by Persian mast-o-musir, a mix of diced shallots and yogurt or labneh. Here, the alliums are lightly cooked to soften their bite; it's the perfect thing to make for a beach picnic or summer cookout. Get the recipe for Sautéed Onion and Yogurt Dip »Matt Taylor-Gross

Skyr (Icelandic Yogurt Cheese) With Parsley and Dill

Sweden, recipe, Magnus Nilsson, skyr, cheese, parsley, dill
While you can buy skyr, Icelandic fresh cheese similar in texture to yogurt, you can control its taste, quality, and texture if you make it at home. As with homemade yogurt, you'll need to buy a small amount to get started. Get the recipe for Skyr (Icelandic Yogurt Cheese) With Parsley and Dill »Magnus Nilsson

Spinach, Chive, and Yogurt Soup with Grilled Scallions

Spinach, Chive, and Yogurt Soup with Grilled Scallions
This tangy chilled soup is topped with charred scallions. Get the recipe for Spinach, Chive, and Yogurt Soup with Grilled Scallions »Romulo Yanes

Lotus Root in Yogurt Sauce (Nadru Yakhni)

Lotus Root in Yogurt Sauce (Nadru Yakhni)
Porous lotus root sops up spiced yogurt gravy in this Kashmiri specialty. Get the recipe for Lotus Root in Yogurt Sauce (Nadru Yakhni) »Ariana Lindquist

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops

Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops
These refreshing frozen treats are not too sweet and have just the right amount of tang. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Yogurt Pops »Christina Holmes

Turkish Poached Eggs in Yogurt (Cilbir)

Turkish Poached Eggs in Yogurt (Cilbir)
Pair this saucy dish with warm bread to mop up extra egg yolk and yogurt. Get the recipe for Turkish Poached Eggs in Yogurt (Cilbir) »André Baranowski

Bangladeshi Spiced Yogurt Drink (Burhani)

Bangladeshi Spiced Yogurt Drink (Burhani)
Cumin and other savory spices combine with mint, cilantro, and chile to flavor this Bangladeshi yogurt drink. Get the recipe for Bangladeshi Spiced Yogurt Drink (Burhani) »André Baranowski

Chicken Tikka Masala

CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA
Temper the spice in this classic colonial Indian chicken curry dish with yogurt while also tenderizing the meat. Get the recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala »Matt Taylor-Gross